Finding the right fireplace for your home can often be a challenge. There are so many different types of fires and stoves, not to mention the wide range of style options.
How will you ever be able to choose?
When it comes to choosing the right fireplace, you need to think about space, interior design and practicality. As well as keeping you warm and toasty, you also want your fire to fit in with your home style. When you walk into a room, you want to feel that sense of calm and peace so that you can relax with your friends and family in a welcoming atmosphere.
We’ve put together some things to consider before you start shopping:
DO YOU NEED A CHIMNEY?
It’s quite likely that this is the most important question of all, do you need a chimney? Chimneys are often common in period properties (though can be blocked up) but in new builds, they are not guaranteed. Historically, chimneys have been a necessity for installing any type of fireplace; however, modern technologies mean that you no longer need one to have a fire! Wood burners and gas appliances can now be installed where there are no chimneys by using either insulated twin wall flue for a wood burner or a balanced flue for a gas appliance.
If you select to have an electric fire no flue or chimney is needed at all!
Although this may seem like a very obvious consideration, it’s a very important step towards finding the right fireplace. You need to figure out how much available space you have in your living room (or area you’re looking to install a fire) and whether you want the fireplace to stand out or blend in. If you have limited space in your lounge, a large fireplace can make the room look overcrowded. Smaller fireplace models, wall mounted or cassette stoves and hole-in-the-wall electric fires can be a great way to help your home feel extra cosy, brining a touch of comfort without compromising floor space.
No matter what size your room, you need to choose the right wall to install your fire. With a chimney, your decision is already made for you, but without one you need to pick a wall that’s wide enough to accommodate your chosen fireplace and flue if one is required. For gas fires and stoves, an external wall is usually the best choice if a flue is needed, with an electric model you can select practically anywhere.
Your style is as unique as you and everyone has different tastes, you need to find a fire to complement your home style. Homes that are very traditional might suit a classic fireplace design, especially if you live in a period building. Alternatively, if you prefer contemporary interiors, then a modern fireplace might be the right choice for you. It is vital that your fire doesn’t look out of place in relation to the rest of your home design; it’s all about context.
Whether you follow trends or do things you own way, there is a fire to fit your preferences. Whilst there is something comforting about the timeless nature of a traditional fireplace, mixing it up with a modern design can work well. The contract of old and new not only ensures you get the best of both worlds but allows you to put your own stamp on your property.
Make sure you gather all of this information before you make your decision; whatever style and practical needs you may have for a fire, Living Fires is here to help you from concept to completion.