Today, more than ever, the function of a fire or stove in a typical home is to create vital warmth and a calming, centralised, atmosphere. The enticing glow of a fireplace is a defining element of many home living areas. The most common locations for fireplaces and stoves are lounges, kitchens, bedrooms and increasingly in home offices too. How do you choose the best place for your fireplace? What if you want more than one?
The Answer: Multi-sided fires!
To get the effect of having multiple fireplaces while meeting their budget, many homeowners are now incorporating multi-sided fires or stoves. There are several types of fire that provide multiple faces and they’re ideal for opening-up homes or dividing up large living spaces with a striking centrepiece.
A multi-sided fireplace has one firebox, the chamber where fuel is burned, that is open on two or more sides. It’s this configuration that allows you a to view the flames from one room into the next. A show-stopping design feature, multi-sided fires are often used as a divider to help define spaces within an open layout; a great way to break up space while sustaining visual and light flow between two areas.
However, like most things in life, there are both pros and cons to this type of fireplace worth considering whilst planning to incorporate a multi-sided fire in your home. For instance, if your property has a full-sized living room and kitchen area with the fireplace located at the end of the living room, most of the heat will be lost before it even reaches the kitchen. But if the fireplace is located between the living room and the kitchen, it will function as an efficient dividing wall while delivering heat between the two separate rooms.
A great point in these fires favour, is that multi-sided fireplaces are safer than many other kinds of fireplaces due to the sturdy glass enclosing the flame. This is particularly ideal if you have small children in your house.
Multi-sided fireplaces are usually located between two full-sized areas. By doing so, the heat is evenly distributed compared to a traditional hearth placed against one wall. With conventional fires, the heat can cluster up in one area rather than radiate throughout the entire space.
If you’re planning to place a multi-sided fireplace on a floor-to-ceiling divide, then you must ensure that you are utilising proper wall supports. Remember that without correct supports, the fireplace could collapse anytime.
Our highly skilled team are on hand to discuss what structural adjustments you may need to incorporate your dream fire. Contact us today to discover if a multi-sided fire is the statement piece you’ve been looking for.