What is involved in stripping a brick fireplace?
We purchased a house recently that needs a whole house renovation. We are looking at doing much of the work of ourselves and one of the first things we must do inside is change out the fireplace.
It is a mostly decorative fireplace with a large brick surround that goes all the way to the ceiling. I would like to remove the brick and the raised hearth and then put back on drywall, some form of tile and a wooden mantel which will match our future cabinets (haven't picked those out either). This is complicated by the fact that it is in a corner and we have to raise the floor by 6 inches.
Does anyone have an advice for doing this? What tools should I use? What things should I watch for?