Chimney sweeps are nothing like Mary Poppins.

thanks to hurricane Matt I had extensive water damage to my fire place, so I called a chimney sweeps to asses the damage.
  1. The culprit washed out morter.
    Which allowed water to come into the house through the chimney.
  2. What we started with, notice the chiseled out arch.
    Not good.
  3. The 250lb insert out and very rusty.
  4. What I'm working with now.
  5. After all the cleaning and masonry is done, I'm thinking built in shelves to flank and either painted brick, or tile surround.