Yes, a new fireplace is expensive, but when you see the work involved, you will understand why. I checked out a few companies - Felco's prices were better. Richard and his team were polite, friendly and professional throughout. They arrived on time, put up plastic sheets to protect the rest of my house and cleaned up thoroughly when they were done. At the end of three days, my 25 year old, no longer functioning firebox was out and I have a beautiful new gas fireplace. The surrounding stonework is so attractive and the custom oak mantel was carefully built and stained. I love sitting in front of the soft glow of the flames, especially now that winter has come!