I think you did an excellent job capturing the original style. I would of rather had a larger firebox and definitely of centered it. It's obviously better than the old fireplace. Why they wanted the firebox disproportional is beyond me. It's a real good replica though, I think it's matched even though it's not absolutely left or right. Looks like you nailed it. Reminds me of comparing a 30in tv to a 60in tv. I bet they feel like they brought their fireplace with them.
I vote for old, but like everyone else said, the best one is the one you get paid for. I liked the warming/cooking shelf in the old one. Never seen that.
I keep telling myself I'm going to cook something in my fireplace one of these days....never do.
The new one needs a mantle, some doors, stockings, and tools and it will look great. The old one looks like it was backdrafting because it was too tall and had a seat on the side. Might be ok for santa but hard to fit doors to.
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