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The Benefits of Adding a Fireplace to Your Home

Since the olden days, few things have said “luxury and comfort” in a home like a beautiful fireplace. Whether you live in a classic Colonial farmhouse or a modern mansion, a fireplace is nearly always seen as a positive. It’s a statement piece and these days it’s feasible to add one to nearly any room in your house with the proper design/build company. When planning your next home remodeling project, consider the benefits of adding a fireplace to your home.

Iconic and Customizable

Picture this; it’s a classic New England winter and it’s once again snowing outside. You and the family have just come inside from playing in the snow, and you’re all looking forward to warming up from the chill. A fireplace is immediately what comes to mind at this point, isn’t it? We all have that iconic image of the family gathered around the fireplace, warming their hands, toasting marshmallows, and just spending time together. It’s a gathering place for family and friends alike.

When you get a fireplace installed in your home, you can also customize it to best suit your home’s aesthetic. You can surround it with stonework for a truly classic look. A more modern style with textured tile and intricately layered millwork could also suit you. It can truly bring a sense of opulence and add ambiance to the room.

Alternative Light and Heating Source

Another thing many know about winter in Massachusetts is that the weather can cause issues. This is especially during fall, winter, and early spring. Power outages during storms and blizzards often plunge the house into darkness and can cause disruptions with heating. This is where a fireplace can really help, as it’s an easy alternative heating source. A classic wood-burning fireplace will provide light and heat for hours in the event of an outage. 

Even if there’s no power outage, fireplaces are great alternative heating sources during chilly days when you don’t want to fully crank up the heat. Many modern heating systems heat the whole house rather than specific zones. This can be great if the whole house needs it. However, it’s a waste if you’re only going to be in one or two rooms on a given day. Gas and electric fireplaces all do a great job of heating a single room. This lets you keep the heat low in the rest of the house while you stay cozy in whichever room your fireplace is situated. This can save you money on energy bills and also be beneficial to the environment.

Easy Installation for Added Home Value

Because fireplaces are so useful and iconic, they’re an easy way to add value to your home. Electric fireplaces in particular are easy to install just about anywhere in the house as they don’t require venting. Meanwhile, gas fireplaces do require venting, but there are still a lot of installation options for them as they can be installed next to combustible building materials but not be a fire risk. This means you can add a statement fireplace to nearly any room in your house. This will increase the appeal and value of your home.

If you think your home could use some additional heat and style, a fireplace is the way to go. If you’re looking to add one to your home, request a consultation with us and we’ll help you navigate the details involved in your renovation, from design through construction.

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