When we moved into the new place, there was a fireplace in the back corner of the living room. I detested it. It took up a lot of what could be useful room, and based on our old place, I knew it wouldn’t be worth a hill of beans. We tore it out, which was good since the wood underneath was soaked and rotted. Since then, we’d been planning on putting a wood stove there. We have a heat pump and propane heater for heat, but wood is a bit easier to come by in emergencies. We ordered the stove a few weeks ago, but had to make some modifications to the floor that it sits on. We decided to install ceramic tile under it, so first we had to cut out the floor that we’d put down there. We had to put down a special backing called hardiebacker. Actually, we had to cement and screw it to the plywood subfloor. You can see it here. The lighting on this side of the living room is ridiculously awful, so hubby had to use his work light, which doesn’t seem to be too much better.
I’m so glad to have a handy husband. He measured and marked and cut the tile pieces and set them out how he wanted. There wasn’t much for me to do except stand back and watch. I break things. I love this color so much. I love dark-colored flooring.
After he cemented the floor down, we had to wait 24 hours to grout it, and then 24 hours before we set the stove on top. I think he did a pretty fabulous job, if I do say so myself.
We still have to hook the pipe up, but part of it is backordered, so I’m not sure how long that’ll take. While I’m not happy about how much space this takes up, I am happy that it’ll be more efficient and hotter than a fireplace, so it’s not a total loss. Plus, I’ll be able to cook on it if I need to.