Monday, January 26, 2009

Fireplace Trends and the Current Recession

This Chart Shows Just How Popular Fireplaces Remain, Even in a Tough Economy

You don’t have to be a news-junky to know when times are tough. And you don’t need a degree in economics to know the housing market is in serious trouble. What’s harder to wrap your head around is precisely what effect the weakened economy has on the kind of new homes being built.

Did you know, for example, that while new home construction has indeed slowed down, the relative size of those new houses that are being built has continued to increase? Did you know also that despite a series of recessions dating back to the 1970s, we continue to want more bedrooms, more bathrooms, and more parking?

Finally, did you know—and this is of particular interest here at Fireplace Decorating—that no matter the expense of including a fireplace in a newly constructed home, the demand for them has remained steady since the 1970s? That’s right, while there has been a very slight decline in the number of new homes that feature one or more fireplaces, overall demand remains strong.

All this comes to us via a new press release from PRWeb and AVID Home Studio, which analyzes construction trends in relation to the serious economic downturns of the past forty years. And while there’s a lot to digest in the report—some of it relevant to the average home owner, some not—here at the blogspot we were at least heartened to see that people still value the crackle of a good old-fashioned fire, even in a brand new home.

Of course, we’re not in the market for a new home at the moment, and if you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either—at least not anytime soon. In times like these, it’s better to fix up what you already have. Besides, the fact is we’re pretty happy with our classic brick fireplace, especially since we invested a little money in new glass fireplace doors. After all, they not only show off those flames everybody seems to want, they also provide significant savings on our heating bill.

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