Thermal Mass Stove Design/Build Workshop: La Caseta de Milmanda. I hope that through my workshops I can empower people and give them the skills they need to create low-cost, low-tech, low-impact solutions to modern-day problems. We learned how to calculate the size of the space, the insulation value of the walls, and the rate of heat loss during design conditions.

While the adhesive dried hubby used the jigsaw to cut the 1/4 inch plywood luan facade that would be nailed onto the furring strips. Hubby also drilled two concrete anchors (pictured below) into the first and last of the furring strips for extra support. I think that I want to get a brick fireplace in our new home!fireplace remodel

The natural stone costs more than manufactured hearthstones but for most fireplaces it’s not too large of an area so the difference in cost may be doable. In case you missed it, in Monday’s post I blogged about painting the bookcases and adding new moulding and hardware Today I’m going to give you the low-down on designing the stone veneer fireplace.

I believe natural building is an important step towards a happier, healthier, more sustainable future for all of us. It provides organic, seasonal produce to local families and businesses, and also holds classes and workshops on sustainable agriculture and natural building techniques.fireplace remodel

Moreover, its installation has a tax credit, so close your modern fireplace to help warm your home in winter. The fireplace flue is closed far more economical than the fireplace design because it only takes very little heat thereby raising the cost of heating.fireplace remodel