Who screwed it up. Fireplace Guy or HVAC Guy?

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Home Inspector with B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)

You gotta wonder who was there last.  I couldn't believe it when I saw it.  Was a contractor REALLY that stupid? RErby The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lawrenceburg Kentucky FireplaceE

 

In case you are wondering, that is the heating and cooling return directly over the fireplace insert.

It's a fireplace that should never be used. 

It has to be purely a decoration. The insert is only meant to be used with unvented gas logs.  There is no chimney.

 

And yes, I also noticed the missing guardrail and handrail for the stairs.





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Comments (16)

Sam Fischer
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Now that's quality work!

Dec 02, 2010 05:37 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Erby, someone needs to read some installation instructions.

Dec 02, 2010 10:12 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I'm speechless that anyone would do something like this.  Where do they come from?

Dec 02, 2010 10:09 PM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Erby, Fireplaces are usually more decorative with fires in them!  That installation takes the cake.

Dec 03, 2010 12:50 AM
Shanna Perino
A Sense of Order - Organizing for the Home and Office - Nashville, TN
Certified Professional Organizer/Licensed Realtor

Erby, don't get me started on architects.  As an Organizer, I am constantly griping about the lack of storage space, the poor layouts of homes and the placements of utilities in relation to functional areas like cupboards and closets.  I hope I don't offend anybody but I wonder sometimes what they are teaching in architect school these days.  I don't know squat about home design, architecture or engineering but even I can look at that and tell there's something terribly wrong. (ok, done with my soapbox now!!)

Dec 04, 2010 02:06 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

What can I say Jim, what can I say.

Shanna.  Architects should have to actually go out and build the stuff before they start their designing career.  It'd change their ideas a bit.  But in fairness to the architects, I doubt one was involved here.

Dec 04, 2010 03:44 AM
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Erby,

Wow.. if that fireplace was meant for decoration, then the person decorating didn't have a clue what they were doing... I think that may be the craziest place I have ever seen a FP... And to further top it off putting the return there above it looks even more decorative (not!)  lol... people are strange!

Dec 04, 2010 03:29 PM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Erby ~ can we say" "oops?"...no, let's make that "huge, gigantic, unbelievable oops!"  What were they thinking?!

Dec 05, 2010 06:35 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Erby - That is an unbelievable photo.  It reminds me of one of those puzzles:  what is wrong with this picture?  I'll bet you hardly knew where to begin in writing your report!  I wonder what the rest of the home was like!

Dec 05, 2010 02:20 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Sheila:  Wouldn't be the first time the decorator didn't have a clue!

Dawn:  I don't think they were thinking.

Susan:  The rest of the home was pretty dang nice.  Something like this is easy to write.  DON'T USE IT! AIN'T SAFE!

Dec 06, 2010 01:29 AM
Bob Elliott
Elliott Home Inspection - Chicago, IL
Chicago Property Inspection

WTF

Thanks for the great laugh Erby.

Glad I stopped in .hahahaha!

Dec 07, 2010 07:56 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

You're welcome, Bob.  Glad I could brighten your day with some humor.

Dec 08, 2010 09:12 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Decorative is supposed to be pretty right? Someone really missed on that one, but this is why some states and cities require permits.

Dec 10, 2010 04:56 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Yeah, Todd.  Permits.,  But it helps if the code inspectors actually get out of their car and go inside to get their little white envelopes.

Dec 11, 2010 01:29 AM
Wilbur Lloyd
AR Home Inspection Service of New Jersey - Ridgefield Park, NJ

You know the average person looks at this picture and calls it a work of art ...

Dec 29, 2010 02:39 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Well Wilbur, the average homeowner just doesn't think the same way inspectors do.  Most of them are about the pretty, not the funcitonal.

Dec 30, 2010 04:48 AM