The Fireplace — The Heart of Your Home
Photos by Jack Joss
Home is where families gather to make memories and share love for one another.
The Kitchen brings everyone together, preparing meals and breaking bread. The Bedroom offers much-needed refuge, quiet, and rest. But what is it that makes the Living Room or Family Room the center of family living? For some, it just houses the TV, but consider adding the transformative power of dancing flames in a warm, cozy fireplace.
Remember those camping trips of our youth when we could sit around a campfire for hours and stare into the flames, our imaginations free to wander the universe? No screens needed to divert or entertain. Conversations flowed more easily, and bonds of trust and connection were strengthened to last a lifetime. Fire has a magical power to calm and to draw us out to vibe with others.
At a time when we’re spending a lot more time in our homes, with the real estate market holding strong and ultra-low interest rates, many of us are opting to remodel our homes with a home equity line of credit, rather than moving and purchasing a new one.
A kitchen remodel is a great option, but can easily cost $30-50K,
…practical function through heat savings, as well as beauty, comfort, peace and relaxation.
a fireplace/living room makeover can be done for 1/5th of the cost, and can completely transform an area of your home into a sanctuary, where you want to spend more quality time. Now, with recent advancements in fireplace technology, we can transform any of the areas in our homes into havens of warmth and comfort. Bedrooms, Dens, Family Rooms and even outside onto our Patio.
Electric fireplaces are a great way to put a fireplace literally anywhere in your home. They can add a touch of modern style and provide supplemental heat. With an electric fireplace, we can enjoy all the visual display and magic of beautiful flames, with the option of keeping the heater off, so you can enjoy them even on the hottest of days.
There are many wonderful options if you have a brick chimney. Reface it to modernize the look, cover it with stacked natural stone, marble, tile or even metal. Install a gas insert to create beautiful warmth, thermostatically controlled at the touch of a button, and eliminate the constant draft from your fireplace.
Where do guests tend to congregate when you entertain? They pick up something to drink, maybe grab an appetizer or two and head over to stand by the fireplace, or your patio gas firepit.
It’s just so naturally appealing and relaxing.
Before you know it, stories and laughter fill the air. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Extend the outdoor season into the fall and winter months. Expand your living and entertaining space to your outside patio. Run a gas line for a BBQ or install an outdoor firepit / fireplace and maybe even some overhead heaters.
Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional, or Rustic/Eclectic. Express your personal style through one of the most affordable upgrades you can give your home.
Find just the right combination of options that will give you practical function through heat savings, as well as beauty, comfort, peace and relaxation. Of all your home upgrades and projects, choosing to install a new fireplace or patio firepit will not only raise your home’s resale value and desirability, it brings countless days and evenings of personal enjoyment for years to come.
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