Interesting In Adding A Fireplace To Your Living Room? Choosing & Designing Your Fireplace

Having a fireplace in your living room can make the entire space feel cozier. It can also make the space more functional, with the addition of a source of heat to warm up the space during the fall and winter months.  

Choose Your Fireplace 

First, you need to choose what type of fireplace you want to have in your living room, a wood-burning fireplace or a gas-burning fireplace?  

If you live somewhere where there is an abundant supply of wood that you can either chop down or purchase yourself, a wood fireplace may be the right choice for you. If you choose a wood fireplace, keep in mind that you are going to have to purchase wood, bring it into your home, and start a fire every time you want to cozy up to a fire. You will also need to remove the soot and ashes from the fireplace on a regular basis.  

If you live somewhere where you can get a natural gas line up to your home, or you can connect to an outside propane tank, you may want to consider a gas stove. With a gas stove, you turn the gas supply and pilot light to the fireplace on and off. You don't have to worry about sourcing and bringing in wood to start a fire, and the only skill you need to start the fire is to turn on the button that ignites the pilot light.  

Design Your Fireplace 

Once you choose what type of fireplace you want, you need to design your fireplace. The type of fireplace you choose will dictate the design of your fireplace. 

If you choose a wood-burning fireplace, you have to have a chimney. You also need to have space in front of the fireplace so you can easily add wood without worrying about an ember dropping on your carpet. You will need space for the door to the fireplace to open if you want an enclosed fireplace. You'll also want space to store the wood near the fireplace. 

If you choose to go with a gas burning fireplace, technically all you need is a space where you can insert the fireplace on the wall. However, you can have some more fun with the design of a gas fireplace. You can put a ledge under and around the fireplace so you can sit next to it. You can build a mantel around the fireplace or add custom shelving around the fireplace. With a gas stove, you just need space and a way to connect it to your gas supply.  

Adding a fireplace to your home can really bring the space together. It can make your living room a cozier place to hang out, you just need to choose if you want a wood-burning or a gas fireplace, and then find someone to install your custom fireplace. Contact a company like Southwest Brick & Fireplace to get started today.