Can you add a wood burning fireplace to an old house?

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Real Estate Agent with Smart Green Realty

My buyer has a gas log fireplace in her current house. She would love a wood-burning fireplace in her new house. She found a 100 year old house in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. It has a twin next door. It may have once shared a chimney with the house next door--there is a slight bump out on the shared wall in the living room. The house has a sunroom addition with sliding glass doors to a patio in back. The roof over the sunroom is only one story. Has anyone had any experience adding an attractive, wood burning fireplace to an existing house? Remember the free standing "mod" fireplaces of the 60's? Any advice would be welcome. Would it cost $20,000 to add a fireplace and masonry chimney???? 

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Rainmaker
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 Old House Online--Making Fireplace Functional  This article by Charlie Allen shows a great result. The fireplace goes with the historic character of the house. But how expensive is it? Is it worth the expense?

Apr 11, 2015 02:57 AM #1
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I would make a couple of phone calls to general contractors and ask for prices. I am sure prices will vary in each location of the country.

Apr 11, 2015 06:58 AM #2
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You are also probably going to have to pull a permit since you are making a change and adding a chimney, so at least down here you would need a general contractor. You could get recommendations from home inspectors.

Apr 11, 2015 06:59 AM #3
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Susan Mandeville

I have been longing for a wood stove in my house and I am guessing the cost to be about $4,500 including everything except the firewood. Wish is were in the budget!!
Also wish I could find one of those free-standing Swedish looking round ones, usually red.

Apr 11, 2015 08:55 AM #4
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Christopher Stock
April 11 at 11:18am
 
You could do a wood stove for a fraction. A nice stove is about 1k, wall opening about 1k, triple wall vent about $1,500. Labor to install vent stack about 2k.
Apr 11, 2015 10:04 AM #5
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