Can a fireplace be lowered ?
I would like to lower an existing fireplace to the floor. Currently it is raised 12" and has a large hearth in front. I would like to lower the firebox to the floor and convert to gas. Some masons quickly say it is not worth the hassle but they have not really said why. It sounded as if they did not really know much about the task. One guy did say that it would be tricky because the base is the support and it would be better to rebuild the whole thing. That is not an option.
Anyone have any thoughts or who I should call to come take a look?