Choosing a fireplace is an exciting time, especially with the huge selection available today. First, there is the Stove, which is a freestanding fireplace unit that typically sits on a floor of brick or concrete and away from the wall. An Insert is what is used if you have an existing fireplace and will be building into it with masonry or brick, and then there is the traditional fireplace that is new construction and a permanent unit built directly into the wall or into a frame within the wall.
Within each of these three categories are hundreds of options, each unique on its own. The styles are different, sizes different, and even the type of fuel burned. For example, for a fireplace there are gas units, pellet burning units, and wood burning units. For the gas fireplaces, you would choose from natural or propane gas.
You need to look at a number of things to decide on the type of fireplace best for you. The following are just a few recommendations:
Look at the size of your home and the size of room where you want the fireplace to be placed. You want a fireplace that produces the appropriate amount of heat to keep the room cozy but not overheat it.
The finish is important. While you might choose a stone fireplace that matches your architecture and décor, there are various types of stone to think about as well as color. Do you want marble, granite, limestone, or large, natural stones?
Consider the architecture of your home and the décor of your room. If your house has a contemporary influence, then building a country style fireplace would not look right. You want the fireplace to enhance the homes natural structure and blend with your interior design. In other words, both the exterior and interior of the fireplace should enhance the home.
Think about types of accessories and which ones you would benefit from most. For instance, do you want a fireplace that has a remote control, full speed blower, and so on? You would think that everyone wants these things but not everyone does.
In addition to the fireplace design, you need to think about the mantle, the hearth, and the overall look of the fireplace.
The main thing is to take your time when selecting a fireplace. By looking around and considering all your options, you can save money and end up with an amazing heat source for your home. Remember that you want your fireplace to wow people when they walk into your home.