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Case Study 1 - Fireplace before Work
Case Study 1 - Wood Burning Stove & Fireplace
Case Study 1 - New Wood Burning Stove & Fireplace
Fountains Abbey - Wood Burning Stoves and Fireplaces
Case Study 2 - How Hill Cottages - National Trust
Case Study 2 - During Installation
Rockcliffe Hall, Darlington
Case Study 3 - Rockcliffe Hall - Multiple Chimney Pieces
Wood Burning Stove
Case Study 4 - Harmony Stove & Fireplace
Case Study 4 - External Flue - Poujoulat Chimney System
Fire Surround Restoration
Case Study 5 - Marble Fireplace Restoration
Marble Fireplace Restoration
Case Study 5 - Marble Fireplace Restoration
Fireplace Restoration Project
Case Study 6 - Restoration Project
18th Century Chimney Piece Restoration
Case Study 6 - 18th Century Chimney Piece Restoration
Marble Fireplace Restoration
Case Study 7 - Before Restoration
Marble Fireplace Restoration
Case Study 7 - After Restoration
Marble Fireplace Restoration
Case Study 7 - After Restoration
Case Studies...

Below are a couple of examples of projects of varying size that we have recently undertaken:

Case Study 1
- Birstwith Harrogate
Wood Burning Stove & New Fireplace in converted barn

This job involved removal of an existing gas fire and fireplace in a large living room in a barn conversion near Harrogate and opening up an existing chimney breast and installing a wood burning stove - see images left.

The existing fire and fireplace were carefully removed and we opened up a large recess in what was a solid chimney breast. We lined the cavity with reclaimed bricks and used reclaimed Yorkshire stone to the face of the opening up to the underside of an oak beam with the hearth formed using reclaimed Yorkshire sandstone flags.

The existing gas fire flue was lined with a flexible stainless steel flue to maximise efficiency of the flue and a Euroheat Harmony 23 wood burning stove installed by our HETAS approved installer. A small air vent was also installed to the outer wall.

This Harmony stove also supports a remote control system which enables control of the fire from the comfort of a sofa or it can be set to automatically control fire output to maintain the specified room temperature - all you do is keep the fire adequately fuelled.

See this case study review on our Customer Testimonials page.

Case Study 2 - How Hill Cottages - Fountains Abbey, Ripon
Multiple Wood Burning Stove and Fireplace Installation for the National Trust

Further to a recent commission via the main contractors (Wm Birch), we worked for the National Trust at a property near Fountains Abbey called How Hill Farm. This was a restoration/renovation project of the old farm with conversion into five individual holiday cottages.

The installation was interesting from the point of view that the main contractor built the brick fireplaces and it was left to ourselves to supply and install a prefabricated insulated flue system which tends to be a very efficient method of building a Class I chimney. One of the various advantages of this system is that an installation can usually be completed within a day. This particular installation involved the flue system being built into a dummy chimney breast but occasionally this very same flue system is made a feature of in the more contemporary installations we get involved in.

Each of the stoves in this installation had the latest in cleanburn technology which, of course, in this current climate is a very green issue. The particular stove used was a Farndale and provides an efficiency rating in excess of 83%

Case Study 3 - Rockcliffe Hall, nr Darlington
Multiple Chimney Piece Installation

A recent instruction was given to us by an interior designer in the midlands for work to be completed at the prestigious golf and country club Rockliffe Hall near Darlington. We were involved in the supply and installation of new chimney pieces in the old hall bedrooms throughout the top floor and also carried out the restoration of the original chimney pieces in the ground floor along with supplying various individual antique fire baskets. We also installed a bespoke hand carved stone chimney piece within the entrance hall of which is to work with a solid fuel fire giving all of the clients a warm welcome in the hotel.

The interesting point of this installation was that this particular new chimney piece backs onto the original chimney piece within the dining room and a new flue had to be installed. The problem with this procedure was that within the dining room there is a spectacular continued marble chimney piece which has leaded light windows and would have been the original gable end. However, the positioning of the new chimney piece is in the new build extending the old hall.

We were able to install specialist lighting behind the leaded lights so that the decorative glass can still be viewed within the dining room and the new flue system is diverted to either side of the windows so as not to compromise them and then joins together again at roof top level.

Case Study 4 - Cheshire
Multifuel Stove & Fireplace with external insulated Poujoulat Chimney System

We were recently fortunate to work for a continued client in Cheshire where the house was built in the 1960’s and for some reason did not have a chimney in the living room and for that reason, we were commissioned to supply and fit a chimney-piece, multi-fuel stove and flue system for this. 

The interior work was relatively straight forward in that we formed a stoothed chimney breast for the fireplace to be fitted to and then externally the flue was formed using a pre-fabricated insulated Poujoulat chimney system which we powder coated black giving the appearance of a large fall pipe. 

The installation in its entirety was completed over three days, one day of which was to install the flue system.  In order to complete this, of course, we used a scaffolding platform to the gable end.


Case Study 5
Recent Marble Fireplace Restoration

We were recently commissioned to carefully remove a hand carved early 19th Century Regency chimney-piece from its then current position in order for the client to offer it for sale at a London saleroom.  We were involved in its removing, cleaning and restoration as necessary.

This was a very straight forward affair, however, the weight of the head section alone was a six man lift as it was carved out of a solid marble block which was something typical of that period.

As the attached photographs show you can see a full width carved Egyptian theme with the pilasters showing the Egyptian Ibis to the base, all of which is some of the finest relief work we have seen at Aagaards for some time. 

There is a connection between the chimney-piece and Admiral Nelson in that upon his death, the death duties were so great, Lady Hamilton was said to have a house sale which included this chimney-piece and for that reason should add greatly to the value with that connection, - further historical research will be undertaken in order to establish any further information.


Case Study 6
Further Restoration Project

This project gives an idea of the sort of work that we can provide and was in fact an original 18th Century chimney piece that was suffering greatly from deterioration and breakdown due to salts and damp within the property. 

The photographs give an indication as to the problems but in essence this was due to damp affecting not only the chimney-piece but also the entire room to approximately 3-4 foot - the usual damp height.  Erosion had taken place to both pilasters and opening mould and also due to the age of the chimney piece a lot of internal troubles had been caused due to acid erosion from soot and had impregnated various other sections.

The complete pilaster section had to be replaced as with the foot blocks and internal opening and again the before and after photographs give an indication as to the end result.  Also the cast iron was re-modelled and then recast as again the erosion has caused pitting and damage to the fire burning area along with the underside of the plinth blocks.


Case Study 7
Restoration of Marble Chimney Piece

The images left show a prime example of the quality of restoration we are able to provide.

The before photograph gives an indication as to what was needed for this fine example of Victorian grandeur to be brought to its former glory.

Various pieces were missing, lots were broken but after seven days of intensive restoration, it’s now looking for a new home!


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