Attached are two pictures of a fireplace that I need to install glass doors on. I’m doing this for two reasons. The first is that since it is a gas fireplace, the damper is locked open and due to NYC energy code I need to have glass doors to prevent heat loss when the fireplace is not in use. The second is that my wife is expecting a baby, and we need to do a little babyprofing around the house.
The masonry opening is 27” x 23”. Ive included two pictures, one with out the original bras trim and one with. In an ideal world we would install the existing brass trim over the surround of the fireplace doors. For that reason, brass or an ages brass finish would be preferred. Both the stiletto and Carolina seemed like reasonable options. Really I just need something flat and plain, that works with the existing trim.
Our Comments: In order to have a door that you can incorporate your existing brass surround, we need a door with a very flat frame that is made to fit inside the opening so that your frame can overlap the door frame and fit flush against it. We do not recommend the Stiletto door for this purpose because the frame is 1 5/8" deep and just will not work well as an inside fit due to the way the fireplace opening tapers back almost immediately from the opening. The Carolina is a good fit for this application, so we have chosen to create a sample using that door. Also, we need to know the outer and inner dimensions of the existing trim so we can make sure it overlaps the frame properly.
Note: These mock-ups are not to scale and are meant to help you choose the model of your screen or door, not the finish. Although we may create a general representation of black, iron, bronze, gold and silver tones, you must choose your finish from our samples using the links below. Ask your project manager which samples apply to the items in your project.
Option #1: Carolina in Oil Rubbed Bronze (custom steel door).
Second Before Picture
Figure #1 (measurements required of fireplace). We need the smallest and largest measurements for A, B and C.
Figure #2 (measurements of trim): We need the inner and outer width and height of the trim (ignore the decorative corners).
Mesh & Insulation Options
The Mesh options are behind the glass so you can burn the fire with the doors open and still have spark protection. Great for real wood or gas logs since most gas long manufacturers insist that you have a screen in front of the logs when they are burning. Mesh panel doors are the most popular and are best for when there are toddlers present because they will not open backwards whereas the mesh screens are easily pushed in. Insulation goes between the back of the frame and the fireplace facing, providing a better seal.
Black Mesh Curtains - These slide back and forth on a rod behind the glass
Gate Mesh Doors - These are separate doors behind the glass that have a flat wire mesh and a black frame.
Insulation: Provides a better seal between the fireplace face and the door frame.
This page was created as part of our Free Fireplace Door Design service. Anyone who has a fireplace and is considering glass doors can take advantage of this program. All you have to do is email us some pictures of your fireplace and we will create digital mock-ups showing you how various fireplace doors will look on your fireplace. This is hands down the best way to shop for fireplace doors. Click Here to Begin Your Own Project!