Tips for Choosing the Right Gas Fireplace
With all the fireplace options out there, picking the right one
can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help make the decision
1. Choose a style that fits your home. For example, if you live
in a prairie-style home, you want a fireplace that reflects that
feeling, not a baroque masterpiece. Find a company that offers a
range of options so you'll be assured of finding a fireplace
that is the perfect complement for your home.
2. Pick the right material. Not only do stone surrounds offer
natural beauty and add dimension to a space, they also are safer
than wood or resin surrounds. In fact, updated fire codes in
many communities restrict the use of some wood or resin
surrounds. However, stone is expensive and can be hard to work
with, requiring experience and special tools. A great
alternative is Milestone Architectural Stone, made from hand
cast, lightweight concrete.
3. Set a budget. Having a number in mind before starting a
project helps focus your options. Your contractor or designer
can suggest ways to save money. For example, less weight
translates to savings in many ways, including reduced labor and
shipping costs and quicker project completion time.
4. Make sure your fireplace can withstand the elements. Outdoor
fireplaces require special considerations, since they're exposed
to wind, rain and snow.
5. Will you do it yourself? Unless you're a stone mason, you
probably wouldn't try to install a natural stone fireplace. But
some gas fireplaces can be installed by do-it-yourselfers. The
material can be cut using a circular saw, and installation is
straightforward using their complete installation guides.
6. Get expert advice. If you're lucky enough to be using an
interior designer or architect, they can help you choose a
fireplace that is the right scale for your project.
From a craftsman bungalow to a suburban rambler to the
backyard, no matter where you put one, a fireplace adds drama
and enjoyment to your home, not to mention increasing its value.
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