When the colder months roll in, all we want to do is make our homes as cozy and as warm as possible. Fireplaces are traditional symbols of warmth and intimacy, though they aren’t as common in newer builds as they were a century ago.
And if you thought fireplaces were strictly reserved for the living room area only, you’ll be happy to find out that you can add them to any room to boost the coziness levels and enjoy the warmth they bring. So, let’s take a look at the process to add a fireplace to any room in your home so you can maximize aesthetics and functionality.
Check Building Codes
If you decide to add a fireplace to your home, you’ll first want to check with the building codes in your area to determine what the regulations are for these fixtures. Your municipality may have restrictions on how high the chimney must be or what emissions are permitted, among other elements.
So, it’s important to consult with these codes and find a licensed builder first before you make any costly decisions that cannot be undone.
Pick a Power Source
Next, you’ll need to decide on a fuel source for your fireplace. While many may prefer the rustic and romantic charm that a wood-burning fireplace brings, this may not be practical or even permitted in your area.
One of the more common sources is natural gas, which is much more fuel efficient. However, this will be a personal choice that you will make with your builder.
Choose a Style
Lastly, you’ll need to select the design style that you’ll want to use on your fireplace. There are many options available when it comes to designing fireplaces, which could impact the length of construction, the cost of the build, and more. But, you’re wanting to install a fireplace for the ambiance and coziness it provides, so you should make sure you’re choosing a design style that you’ll actually enjoy. Some popular options for fireplace facades include stone masonry and brick, which tend to be on the more expensive side. However, fireplace inserts are also becoming very popular, which are more affordable and quicker to install.
Alternative Solution: Add a Decorative Faux Fireplace
If you don’t want to undertake a massive renovation, you may opt for a decorative fireplace as a decor option in your home over the fall and winter months. Many faux fireplaces act both as decor and as a heat source, so you can get the best of both worlds with these design elements–without all the construction. Put them in place once the colder weather sets in, and store them away once summer returns.
Plus, these are available in many different sizes and styles, so you can find the perfect match for any room in your home–whether it be the master suite, the living room, or the dining room.
Bailey Schramm is a writer in partnership with Keen’s Buildings' pre-built tiny homes.