Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Handyman - Fireplace Design Ideas

You have many fireplace design ideas to choose from when you're ready to add a beautiful fireplace to your home. Your final choice will depend on some factors like where you plan to put it and your overall floor plan. But no matter how big or small the room might be, you should be able to find some fireplace design ideas that you love that will also work in your home.

  • You'll want to measure the area where you plan to install the fireplace, so you know the size you're looking for. (check out the Handyman's Ideas here)
  • A fireplace will almost always become the focal point in a room.
  • Pay attention to the shape and height of the fireplace design ideas you're looking at, too.
Gas, Electric or Woodburning? Electric fireplace design ideas are ideal for a small room, an apartment or any structure where you don't want to have to run gas lines for a gas fireplace. The cost is less than a gas fireplace, but still not cheap. If you've ever used a large, electric space heater, this is the principle and will cost about the same to operate.

A gas fireplace also offers the warmth and ambiance of a regular fireplace without the hassle of wood. Just like electric fireplace design ideas, you can choose an insert for a fireplace or a freestanding model. And like electric, operation is essentially push-button. If the appearance is a big factor for you, gas fireplace flames tend to look more real than electric. The operation will probably cost a bit more, however. 
Both gas and electric have the advantage over wood fireplaces that you don't have to acquire and store the wood necessary for burning, and there's no smoke. But if you love traditional fireplace design ideas and the smell and crackle of a wood fire, you may want to incorporate your chosen design into a regular, wood-burning fireplace.
by The Handyman for Handyman Fix Home Repair

1 comment:

  1. It's beautiful, but I'd have been nervous too!

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