Mahlon and his crew worked on the fireplace chimney today. They are about halfway finished. This is a photo of the interior; I could not get to the outside as it was already tarped for the impending snow. We made the decision to lower the hearth to be a flush finish. The plan was to hang our French mirror over the fireplace, but unfortunately at 58 inches, the mirror is not going to fit. With the space that needs to be allowed for code, the mantle will be too high. Not sure if you remember but this is the EXACT problem we had when we moved into the last house. Of course the mirror took priority and we we redesigned that fireplace - I do miss those high ceilings.