Fireplace Ideas for Home Construction & Renovation
Add a New Unit or Update an Old One
Canadian winters make fireplaces especially welcomed additions to homes. When it’s time for a home renovation, don’t overlook a spruce-up to your fireplace. And if you’re planning a new home, this is the perfect opportunity to make room for a great zero clearance fireplace unit.
Fireplace considerations during remodeling
If you don’t like the way your current fireplace looks and functions, there’s no need to panic. Many options are available to completely reinvent it and give it a look that perfectly blends in with your renovated décor.
A key element that often needs work during a renovation project is the mantle and surround of your fireplace. Maybe bricks looked good before but would clash with the remodeled living space. Perhaps paneling that matched the room in its original state would be an eyesore in a more modern, streamlined room. Now’s the time to take care of these issues.
When remodeling, think of updating your traditional masonry fireplace with a new fireplace insert. This is a common move for homeowners who have a wood fireplace they’re not crazy about and would like the convenience and efficiency of a gas appliance. Fireplace inserts are built to fit right into an existing firebox. The gas logs and handsome glass doors of an insert will make it feel just like you’ve got burning logs crackling in your fireplace.
A large selection of well-built fireplace inserts are available from makers such as Marquis, Valor, Regency, Napoleon, Jotul and many others.
Adding a fireplace during new construction
A fireplace is considered by many to be as much a part of a home as an oven or a shower and tub. The planning stages for a newly built home is the perfect time to make room for a beautiful, hardworking zero clearance fireplace.
Traditional masonry fireplaces are expensive to build due to the need for foundation construction and a full-scale masonry chimney. A zero clearance unit can be installed on simple floor structures and uses a prefabricated chimney. Plus you have many choices on where in your home you can place it.
“Zero clearance” means a factory-built fireplace unit that allows for close installation to combustible surfaces and construction materials. Wood-burning zero clearance fireplaces are much safer and easier to install than their traditional counterparts but don’t sacrifice the aesthetic beauty that people want in a fireplace.
A new home should have a fireplace that stands out and brings beauty to its surroundings. Modern zero clearance fireplaces will do just that when you buy from top manufacturers such as Pacific Energy, Renaissance, Stuv and Town & Country, whose names guarantee the ultimate in quality.
Nobody should be without a fireplace. Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, put some thought into outfitting your living space with a lovely new fireplace insert or a stunning new zero clearance fireplace. Remember to always work with an experienced professional when installing new fireplaces.
Shop for these fireplace designs and many others at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto. We’ll help you find the perfect unit and style that will satisfy the needs of your family for years to come. Stop by our showroom at 3322 Dundas Street West, or give us a call at (416) 762-4582.