Fireplace. Saturday , January 20th , 2018 - 23:32:32 PM
To create a real and beautiful rock fireplace design, homeowners are free to use the round ones. Being a hard and fire-resistant material, having this type of heating structure means your family and your home will be safe from fire hazards. But the downside is that this can be quite expensive to make because you may need to source the material from other areas or countries which will require a high shipping cost. If you‘re conscious of your budget, an alternative for you is to use the veneer or the flat and lightweight rock material. This is cheaper and easy to work with hence, you are assured of a finished rock fireplace of your dreams in just a day or two.
Refacing the fireplace -- If you want to take the project to a whole new level, you can drastically change the look of a fireplace by using different materials on the exterior face of the fireplace. You can create a high-end elegant look with marble slabs, a modern look with concrete slabs, or a Craftsman look with small tiles in different shades and complementary woodwork. You can either add a mantel or remove one. You can change the shape or the size of the mantel to provide different proportions to your fireplace. Another option is to sheetrock or plaster parts of the fireplace. If the mass of the fireplace is too much for the room, you can reduce it by adding sheetrock or paneling to the exterior. There are even veneer stone and brick materials that are fairly easy to apply that can give your fireplace a very traditional look.
Similarly, electric fireplaces offer ease of installation, ease of use, and a variety of design options. But also like gas fireplaces, electric fireplaces do not provide a real wood burning fire. Another question that needs to be asked is where in your home do you want to position your fireplace? The best placement is near an outside wall with ample room for framing of a chimney chase to house the unit and venting components. For installation in Canada, the chase would need to be insulated, vapour barriered, and drywalled in order to meet building code requirements. Each fireplace comes with an installation manual that details the framing and installation requirements. Typically, a fireplace installer would require that the chase be framed and prepped prior to the installation of the fireplace.
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