Are you thinking about remodeling your home soon? Are you wondering how you can make your home look more different and less like other houses in your neighborhood? Remodeling your home can be a huge undertaking, especially if you still haven't settled on the final look and feel that you want. One big way to make your home feel new and different is by adding a fireplace installation to one or more rooms in your house. But before you start making plans to cozy up next to a roaring fire next winter, you probably have a few questions that you'd like to have answered. Some things that you may be wondering about include:
Is a brand new fireplace installation even possible? Once upon a time, a fireplace meant an area where an actual fire was lit, with actual burning logs. But, today, there are many other types of fireplaces. There are gas fireplaces that can be hooked up to your home's gas line, or there are realistic-looking electric fireplaces that simply need to be plugged in. If you don't have room to build a chimney onto your home, you still have options for adding a fireplace.
Is fireplace installation expensive? This depends on what type of fireplace you're planning on adding. The least expensive, and possibly least realistic, of your options is probably for an electric fireplace that simply needs to be plugged in. You may need to have an electrician add wiring just for the fireplace, but this may not be much of an additional expense if you're already remodeling that room anyway. A traditional wood-burning fireplace can be the most expensive option, due to having to build the chimney and fireplace area but may also be the most aesthetically pleasing. When looking at the various costs of installation, make sure to account for ongoing purchases such as firewood, electricity, or natural gas prices.
Is fireplace installation worth the cost? That depends on what you want the fireplace to be used for. If you want a fireplace purely for aesthetic reasons, that's something that's difficult to put a price on. If you want the fireplace to supplement your heating system, the answer will depend on the type of fireplace and your house. An open wood-burning fireplace can actually make your home colder by sending all of your heated air up the chimney. On the other hand, there are enclosed wood-burning or gas fireplaces that have their own ventilation system and that result in a net increase in a home's internal temperature. If you're curious, a fireplace installation professional from a company like Karl Mattes Co Inc can show you the various options that will work with your home.