It’s quite amazing when you look at how popular fireplaces are these days. There was a time when they could be found in every room of a home, before the days of insulation or double glazing. Modern living has mostly made fireplaces a thing of the past, and yet many of us still choose to have them in our homes!
While they may not be strictly necessary anymore, there are still several advantages of having a fireplace. They provide ambiance and warmth for a room, creating a focal point that can easily become a key part of the decor. Furthermore, so many options exists for fireplaces in terms of sizes, shapes, materials and fuels that they can be installed in some form or another in almost any home.
When you want to create or restore a fireplace, the first person to speak to will be a local fireplace specialist. They will be able to judge what kind of fireplace your property can accommodate, including whether or not you will require flue lining or chimney repair services. They can also provide fireplace design expertise and talk you through your options so that you can choose the ideal fireplace for your property. One thing that you should always keep in mind is that not all properties will be suitable for certain fireplaces, or at least not without a chimney-sized price tag!
Before you start work on your fireplace, keep in mind that it should be able to fit in with the decor of your room. You may want to consider aesthetic features early on, such as a unique mantelpiece designed by a carpenter or stonemason. If necessary, a local interior designer or decorator can help you to reinvent the space.
While they may not be the most energy efficient option, the gentle ambiance of a wood burning fireplace simply can’t be beaten. Wood burning stoves in particular have become popular in recent years, with more buyers eager to introduce that satisfying and crackling warmth into their homes.
A key part of wood burning fireplaces is their aesthetic appeal. They can provide a wonderfully cosy focal point that everyone can gather around and enjoy, helping to make a property feel more like an actual lived-in home.
Gas burning fireplace options are more for cost-effectiveness than ambiance. Not only are they far easier to install, but they are also more clean burning and efficient than wood burning alternatives.
Electric models are easily the most cost effective option on this list. They are simple to install (not requiring a chimney), offer easily adjustable heat levels and can even be controlled via home automation. Electric fireplaces are also the most customisable option, with a variety of fire effects and colours that can be chosen by you!
Clean burning, customisable and easy to install, ethanol burning fireplaces are suitable for any property and any budget! One disadvantage is that although they are highly efficient they also produce less heat than their alternatives. Still, with the savings involved, not just for installation but also for long term-usage, you could easily solve the lack of heat by installing new insulation or glazing.