Modern fireplace renovation ideas!

When you hear the word “fireplace” you usually think of the standard fireplace that is sitting in a brick chimney and in the living room of the home. Generally that’s how they actually are, but why stick with the generic? Let’s be a bit eccentric and exciting today!

Modern fireplace concepts

We are going to move the fireplace away from the generic chimney attached concept and develop some ideas for more unique and modern concepts!

Let’s start off by moving the fireplace away from the brick and chimney. Your fireplace can easily be installed into a wall now! This can hold great opportunities! For example, the wall could be made specifically for the fireplace, allowing the fireplace to be shown and functional on both sides of the said wall, adding a unique warmth and charm to more than just the living room!

If your worried about adding a wall to the house and closing the space up, why not consider a the midsection of the wall to be cut out, allowing for visual space to still be relevant, and a fireplace being functional on both sides!

Ventless fireplaces 

Most people don’t actually know that since the 1980’s there have been ventless fireplaces. There are, and they can be tremendously useful from a design standpoint!

Incorporating a ventless fireplace allows the location and incorporation of the fireplace to be faster and easier, foregoing the flute or chimney altogether! This means you can have a wonderful in-wall risen fireplace in your dining room to give an alluring charm during dinner. Adding onto the previous concept, the fireplace could actually function in two rooms, so when you move from the dining room to the living room you don’t have to leave the comfort of a fickle flame! Fireplaces don’t even need to be restricted to the main section of a home! If you have a workshop in the garage, or an enclosed porch of some sort, you could always install a fireplace in these locations!

Changing how you see the fireplace and the generic ideas of how it is supposed to be can open up some great opportunities for your home and it’s development of character!

Consider in the future, a renovation that incorporates a fireplace wall or ventless fireplace to add a strong visual appeal as soon as you step into the home. Fireplaces are key to a dramatic feeling in an atmosphere because it showcases an element defined by it’s fickle existence and undying charm in the glow of it’s oxygen burning life.

Give us a call today and let’s talk about some fireplace renovation ideas! We have some great insight to offer and we would love to collaborate with you to achieve those new standards of uniqueness!

 

Hot tips! How to maintain a wood-burning fireplace!

Stairway view overlooking family room with very large windows

Summer nights are the natural setting for a bonfire, but when its raining its a bit difficult to achieve, so we move into the house and sit by the fireplace and get all comfy cozy!

For those rainy summer nights we need to make sure our fireplace is maintained, we don’t want an added frustration to the process that ruins the relaxing night!

So how does one go about maintaining a fireplace?

lets check the list! (gotta love lists!)

  • Remove left over ash from the last burning once cold and completely out (this part is important) via the ash dump, or as a nice alternative, sprinkle the ashes on flower beds for a nice nutrient boost!
  • Annual inspection for the chimney is a must! This will help you understand the condition of not only your fireplace but also your chimney! (equally important if not more!)
  • Through use and time, a chimney can become coated with soot and creosote, byproducts if fires that don’t burn efficiently. This can lead to chimney fires, which as it sounds, is very bad!
  • Sweeping a chimney should be done before the summer because humidity in the air can combine with creosote to form acids which can physically damage the chimney, causing cracks and strong odors.
  • Keep any combustible material away from the fireplace when in use. Guards are especially nice for this! Also nothing within 12 inches above the lintel (metal plate atop the fireplace opening)
  • Be sure to burn seasoned wood, rather than green wood. Seasoned wood has been dried under a cover for a long period of time, usually 6-12 months, keeping the moisture levels below 20%.
  • Burn hard wood rather than soft wood, thus creating a stronger flame for higher temperature.
  • Test your fireplace with a small bit of seasoned wood. Lit from the top down, and examine the smoke trail. If smoke doesn’t exit vertically from the fireplace into the chimney but enters the room, immediately check the settings of your fireplace to find what went wrong.  It may be a result of something simple like a damper being partially closed.

Now go check your fireplace/chimney condition, it looks like some rain is coming in this week!

On another note, if you were reading this wishing you had a home that would fit a fireplace, give us a call! We at Xpand will create the home of your dreams, making your reality dreamy!