Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding Features
Tips and ideas to help you enjoy your fireplace even more.
Devoting some space to firewood storage near your hearth adds ambience — and helps keep a supply of dry wood on hand. It also saves you from having to trek outside on chilly nights to retrieve wood. Burning dry firewood helps reduce creosote build-up in your chimney, lessening the risk of flue fires.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesFire the Chef!
Wasn’t so long ago that a fireplace was your standard — and only — kitchen appliance. Today, it’s a bit of a kitchen luxury, but it adds tons of warmth and character. This smallish wood-burner sits on a custom wood-storage cabinet with a granite surround that integrates seamlessly with nearby kitchen surfaces. Customized cabinets cost $500-$1,400 per linear foot.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesRead All About It
Ventless gas fireplaces can be installed anywhere — no flue needed. Although you often find them surrounded by sleek, contemporary wall surfaces, we like the idea of curling up in front of the fire with a couple hundred good books. And a TV. This custom-made unit has a stainless steel interior and retails for around $4,900.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesFireproof Floor
If the firebox of your fireplace is at or near floor level, you’ll need a spark-proof surface in front of the hearth. Tile and stone are both classic choices. Even though this older fireplace has been converted to gas (no sparks), the tiled apron completes the illusion of a wood-burner. Plus, it’s there if the homeowner wants to switch back to wood.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesOutdoor Living
Surround your fireplace with the great outdoors — and extend your alfresco living season. This 42-inch-wide gas-burning fireplace ($3,500) is a see-through model — it has windows on both sides for viewing from inside or out. The custom-made, stainless steel surround is impervious to the weather.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesStaying in Shape
When an extensive remodel raised the ceiling height of this family room, the fireplace grew along with it. An old brick fireplace was covered with a wood frame, and the exterior was covered with smooth troweled stucco. The architect tapered the shape of the surround to pull your eye up to the exposed beams and ceiling made of recycled lumber.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesMulti-Faceted
Fireplaces can do more than add cozy warmth — they can become a key architectural element. The classic three-sided fireplace ($2,500-$4,500) — sometimes called a see-through fireplace — makes a great room divider. This one has a clever display nook built above it.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesSalvaged Surround
Stores specializing in salvaged building materials are excellent places to find beautiful, vintage fireplace mantels and surrounds. Prices range from $350-$4,500, although rare, stellar examples might hit $10,000. Be sure to measure your fireplace opening carefully before shopping for salvaged materials.
Surround Your Fireplace With Value-Adding FeaturesTush Toaster
In this case, your fireplace surround is whatever you want it to be. This diminutive fireplace is portable and fits any room, even the bathroom. It burns ethanol and doesn’t give off smoke or noxious gases, so it doesn’t need a flue. The insulated ceramic shell lets you place this little beauty right next to walls. This example isn’t in production yet, but you’ll find portable ethanol fireplaces from $150-$5,000.