Decisions can be made when planning the construction of a new home, but none is more important than the design of the fireplace. Except for a few others, most decisions regarding the finishing of a home can be easily changed after the final construction. Not so when it comes to the fireplace. Fireplaces will be important focal points in any room they occupy and require the utmost, sometimes excruciating, attention to detail.
When considering fireplace design, you must remember two elements to consider
Think of the warmth of hot wood when they imagine a fireplace; others don’t like the lingering smell of smoke in the house, even after the last embers have died down. So gas magazines might be an option for those who think so.
In addition, freestanding electric fireplaces are now available that adequately simulate real fire. If you have chosen an electric fireplace, your worries are over. You need to place the device within reach of an electrical outlet, and you are ready to go. If your choice is a gas fireplace, you will need to decide whether to build a fanless fireplace or a traditional vented fireplace.
If you choose to fire with wood, you will need to decide what type of bespoke fireplaces to build. You can choose between a prefabricated fireplace with metal chimneys or a more traditional stone fireplace. Prefabricated fireplaces are used in many new homes; they do the job perfectly and are less expensive than other options. However, it has been proven that a stone fireplace heats up better and lasts for many years. Also, if the chimney is visible from the outside of the house, a stone chimney is much more attractive.
Once the heating part of your fireplace design is complete, it’s time to move on to the element that most people will notice when they first enter the room. The visual element of any fireplace usually sets the tone for the rest of the room’s décor. When considering the visual parts of the fireplace, your first decision will be the material that the fireplace will be lined with.
The most important decision when designing a fireplace. The final features of the fireplace design are related to the type of hearth and the design of the casing. There are many options for capes, and the fireplace mantle is like the icing on the cake. Add that finishing touch that will make the pleasure you all enjoy.
If your local building department will be discussing such matters, this is an excellent place to start. If not, ask some builders in your area for their recommendations. After all, they deal with this problem on an ongoing basis and probably know better. Following these guidelines will result in a fireplace design that will give you years of warmth and visual pleasure.