Help I want a fireplace
Well I have a fireplace, its in a box in the middle of the living room. Its a direct vent gas fireplace. I thought I could do this myself and I have all the tools and some construction experience. My main problem is its an inside wall in a 2 story house. There is easy gas access from the basement where I would like it to go so, I was thinking about opening the wall to "build it into the wall" But I have seen many photos of fireplaces that have a large bump out. I do have the room to bump out, but I am wondering about what is inside the wall behind where it will go. Its kind of weird and hard to explain but there is a pantry cupboard between the fireplace wall and the outside. I think that will be a good "Chase" but will loose some storage in the kitchen. Ventless are too dangerous and I don't think they are code approved in this state anyway. I'm Just wondering if any one out there has had this experience before? If I go straight up I might go through a closet in a hall way. If I only had xray vision into the walls, Should I open up the whole wall or move??
:) Im brave but bravery is some time not so smart. And my husband will kill me if if I tear open a wall and make a disaster of this. I don't know a carpenter and I don't have much $ but I have tools!! but I'm losing my nerve.