What happened to the fireplace?

I bought this really cool old house that had all original mahogany wood inside.

  • I fell in love with the sweeping staircase and the open room style with vaulted ceiling.

There was a field stone fireplace that was between the living and dining rooms, that I loved. We knew there were repairs that needed to be done, and we also wanted to have a new HVAC system installed before we moved in. I called the HVAC company and I told them that I wanted the entire heating system removed and I wanted to have radiant heating in the bathrooms, with normal heating in the remainder of the main rooms. I was planning on turning the second floor bedrooms into guest rooms and making the house a Bed and Breakfast. The second floor bedrooms were going to have ductless mini split and fireplace inserts to give the impression of having fireplaces. My husband and I went away for the week and we left our construction and HVAC contractors to carry on with the work. I guess we should have been a bit clearer with our instructions. When we got back from vacation, the construction workers had ripped out the fireplace and replaced it with gas fireplace inserts. We weren’t happy with what they had done, but we couldn’t get the fireplace back. As far as trying to keep the rooms cleaned, going without the fireplace is a good thing, but I really liked how it looked. Now, I wonder if they hadn’t done us a favor, because the heating is so nice, that we rarely turn up the thermostat in those two rooms.
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