By: David Burleigh


Tags: home,fireplace, centerpiece, value,feature

The key centerpiece that adds value to any home is still the fireplace. Fireplaces are iconic features that add that warm feeling whether you live in a studio apartment or a suburban house. It is obvious that the fireplace has not lost its importance but the design options have definitely changed. Now you have a great selection of features to choose from and knowing how to choose the fireplace that best fits your needs will not only create that cozy feeling but will turn your fireplace into a feature with substance.


First think about your needs. Consider how often you will be using the fireplace, will you rely on it to actually heat your home or you just want a fireplace to make your home look pretty? If you are relying on it as a source of heat then you have to think about the size of the fireplace relative to the room itself. If you have a small room but want a larger fireplace then you can control the heat output by choosing ethanol fire as opposed to natural gas. Regarding the size of the fireplace, usually it should be proportional to the wall and the space. You should also consider how big the fire viewing area will be, it is often the case that it is a lot smaller than you may suppose. Next you want to think about the structure of the fireplace. The most preferred are built in fireplaces, showing that the fireplace is a central component of the home rather than an after addition. However, if a fireplace must project into the room, then it is best to build one from the floor-to-ceiling, rather than creating one just around the firebox itself. The source of fuel does not impact the structure of the fireplace.  When choosing outer materials for the fireplace you want to choose something with substance, a fireplace will stand out more if it is covered by bricks, stone or porcelain rather than plain drywall. With modern materials you can pretty much do anything you want with your fireplace in terms of design but speaking from experience it is best to follow tradition, this way you avoid designs that look rather strange. You may have the urge to experiment, for example if you are working with concrete tiles you may want to add them sparingly here and there and fill the rest of the space with something else. However, we do not advise this. It is best to clad the fireplace from floor to ceiling and corner to corner, creating a traditional looking fireplace.


Now that you have an idea about what to look for when choosing a fireplace, go shop around and start your search. With greater installation ease and more flexibility in terms of material, remember that now you can place a fireplace in any room.

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