Is it necessary to have a hearth for a gas fireplace? Demo ideas?
When we moved into our present home there was a dual wood burning/natural gas fireplace. We had it converted to natural gas only. It has a large raised brick hearth that I am not fond of. I would like flooring to extend right up to the face of the fireplace. Is it possible to demo the hearth ourselves, if code allows? Does anyone know what might be under the brick? Would it be a concrete slab? Wood frame? Our house is 25 years old. If the hearth can be removed, painting the fireplace will be next. That red brick makes the room look awfully dark. Any ideas on painting would be appreciated. Thank you!