On a cold winter night, there’s nothing more inviting than cuddling up in front of a fire with family and friends. A fireplace is a welcoming retreat, spreading a cozy ambiance throughout a home. Installing this timeless symbol of warmth and conviviality is easier than ever, but there are things you need to consider when choosing the right fireplace for you.
Fireplaces are multiple functional. They can serve as a comfortable gathering place, a source of heat and light, or as a design focal point. So, when picking out a fireplace design for your home, think of both the heating functionality and the overall aesthetic that the fireplace will bring to the room. Ask yourself questions such as is the fireplace my source of primary heat or will it be used for decorative purposes? Is ease of use and maintenance a priority to me? Is there a kind of fuel I prefer?
Based on your wants and needs, there are three popular fireplace options you can choose from: wood-burning, gas, and electric. Wood-burning fireplaces pose the biggest challenges of the three options. They require a chimney and a constant supply of wood.
Brick fire place designs are the most common, but other varieties include limestone, marble, slate, or ceramic tile. The authentic flames, shooting sparks, and dwindling logs create a pleasing aura of comfort and warmth that some say gas and electric cannot mimic.
Let’s take a look at different types of fireplaces.
There has been a strong pull towards gas fireplaces because they are affordable and the no-mess, no-chimney required is attractive to homeowners. Gas fireplaces have endless choices when it comes to design and features. You have a say in the large details such as the interior design and if you want a wall thermostat or remote to control the heat settings to the small details such as the height of the flame and the outer façade of the logs.
An electric fireplace is essentially an appliance. Wherever there is an outlet, you can have a fireplace. Another plus side is they already come constructed. There are four main styles homeowners can choose from: wall-mounted, TV stand, free-standing/compact- sized, and bioethanol. Electric fireplaces don’t get hot or produce live, burning flames, but they still give off the glow and vibe of the real deal.
If you are still on the fence about getting a fireplace in your own home, studies have shown that fireplaces are one of the most sought after features to homebuyers. They have a strong, positive effect on the selling price of your home.
When buying a Boston condo with a fireplace, you’ll need have the fireplace inspected to make sure it’s in working order. If looking to convert a wood burning to a gas or electric fireplace, you’ll need to check the condo rules and regulations to know what’s possible and allowed, get any necessary approvals and be sure the work is done by a qualified expert, where necessary.
So, what are you waiting for? Warm up your space and the value of your home this winter with a fireplace!