Including a fireplace in your home remodel plans is a great way to add value to the home, while making it something you will enjoy more in the meantime. A fireplace can add an elegance and coziness to a room in a way no other feature can. If you are considering incorporating a fireplace into your remodel or new build plans, we have some tips to keep in mind as you choose your design.
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Ready to brainstorm your fireplace plans? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Adding a Fireplace
A fireplace will make a room feel more elegant and cozy, providing an additional heat source as well as offering an aesthetic appeal. Most people choose to add a fireplace to a living room or master bedroom, but there are many places in your home that might benefit from this design statement.
A fireplace is traditionally set along an exterior wall, but for a more dramatic statement, you can opt for a different location. If you choose a gas fireplace, your options for its location of it are numerous. Even a wood-burning fireplace that requires the construction of a chimney can be creatively placed to take full advantage of views from the window, your home’s floor plan, and the home you plan to orient your furniture.
Choosing Gas or Wood Burning
This is one of the most important decisions you will make with your fireplace design, as something that will directly shape the function and expense of the fireplace. There are distinct pros and cons to both gas and wood-burning fireplaces, so consider their unique characteristics to determine which is a better fit for you.
Gas fireplaces do not require a chimney to operate, but instead can be ventilated through a vent in the wall. You can even opt for a ventless design with a gas fireplace. You won’t need to keep firewood around to start a fire, but simply get to flip a switch. Gas fireplaces also tend to be a better fit for those with asthma or allergies, as there is zero to little air pollution caused by them.
A wood-burning fireplace offers the most traditional appeal, perfect for those who have a sentimental attachment to memories of building a fire. They do require more maintenance for safety, with good knowledge of putting out a fire, building a fire, and keeping the chimney clear.
Choosing a Timeless Design
When you design your fireplace, pay careful attention to which elements of the design are easy to change over time and which are virtually impossible to chance. Make sure that you are choosing a design with timeless appeal, as a fireplace that looks dated represents a major nuisance for potential buyers in the future. Carefully consider the placement and orientation of the fireplace in the room to make sure you won’t be wishing you could move it in a few years.
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