There’s nothing quite like cozying up to a warm fire when the temperature starts to drop, be it alone with a good book, with someone special, or with friends and family gathered round. The glow and heat add just that special something to an evening that nothing else can bring. And cozy living rooms with fireplaces are a wonderful place to gather, perhaps there is something in our minds that recollects the tribal ways of our ancestors and safety of a fire, or perhaps its as simple as feeling comforted by the glowing embers.
It can be difficult to pick the fireplace that suits your home when there are just so many options available. Selecting a fuel type and design is important to incorporating your new fireplace into your home and life, rather than becoming an eye sore that’s hard to ignore or remove.
1. Traditional style living room with stone fireplace and built in bookcases
For that reason, its important to speak with a professional, not just about the aesthetic design, but of the options concerning the way in which you would want to use your fireplace and which of the available options best suits your home, lifestyle, and budget.
Heat Source or Decorative?
First off, you’ll need to decide how you want to use your fireplace; will it be a heat source or will it function primarily for decorative purposes? Do you prefer one fuel type over another and is your home capable of supporting that choice? The broadest options are electric, gas, and wood burning fireplaces.
2. Casual living room with fireplace in stone accent wall across from large windows
Wood-burning fireplaces require a Class “A” chimney and therefore construction to your home if one does not already exist in the location you wish to install the fireplace. This can be costly if done right, and exorbitant if done wrong, so be sure to speak with a qualified professional if this is the process you will be undertaking in your home.
3. Small living room fireplace with tile and white mantel on dark taupe walls with wood floors
What Materials to Use?
A professional will be able to help you select the appropriate construction materials. Fireplaces made of brick are most common because brick shows less smoke stains than other materials. Stone is also popular for fireplace design, including limestone, slate, marble, or ceramic tile. These can be costly, though, so many designs now incorporate the use of stone veneer materials in their stead.
4. Living room with rustic stone fireplace and wood panels
Gas, Electric or Wood Burning?
Gas fireplaces have been a growing trend in recent years, being more affordable than wood-burning fireplaces. They are prefabricated metal units which comes in many sizes and looks to suit your home. Gas fireplaces are popular because they heat the room without needing to acquire wood for burning, which can be inconvenient and costly on its own.
If you decide to go the route of gas fireplaces, you’ll want one with a high efficiency rating. Electric fireplaces are often less costly, and come assembled. Gas fireplaces are usually smaller in size and therefore a good choice for small rooms.
5. Fireplace in cozy country living room with stone surround and white built in cabinet above mantel
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