Few home amenities speak luxury more than a lovely fireplace in the kitchen or bathroom. But in addition to the elegance they bring to a room, fireplaces also are a great source of warmth and, in the case of some kitchen fireplace models, an additional cooking device. The first thing to consider when looking at adding a fireplace to the kitchen or bath is if these rooms in your home appropriate for such an installation.
Traditionally, fireplaces are found in living rooms, family rooms and dens – large rooms that benefit from a heat source that’s more economical than standard central heat or radiators. But it’s not just heat that fireplaces bring. Every real estate agent will tell you that a handsome fireplace will increase the perceived value of a home in the minds of prospective buyers. On top of that, fireplaces add mood and a feeling of luxury to a room, and that’s one of the reasons why we’re seeing more and more of them being installed in kitchens and bathrooms.
Is a fireplace appropriate for your kitchen or bathroom?
Fireplaces are more suitable for larger rooms, although a smaller unit can work in areas where square footage is at a minimum. Determining the amount of heat a particular unit will emit is the first step in deciding on the right kitchen or bathroom fireplace.
Larger fireplaces can easily overwhelm a small bathroom. If your bathroom is the type where three people inside it makes it feel like a crowded subway, it’s best to stay away from a huge fireplace that will turn the room into an oven. Kitchens are usually more spacious than bathrooms, but it’s still important to choose a fireplace of the appropriate size for the square footage you have.
Where to install a fireplace in bathrooms and kitchens
The size of the room likely will come into play again when determining where a fireplace could be installed in a kitchen or bathroom. There are numerous innovative methods for adding fireplaces to these rooms. In cases where the size of the room allows, a direct-vent gas fireplace is a good option.
These units are self-contained and vented out the nearest wall – meaning no chimney is required. They don’t need a foundation and come in styles with two or three sides, making them perfect for double duty between a kitchen and family room or a bathroom and a bedroom.
Gas, wood or electric?
That leads us to a final consideration: what heat source is preferable for the fireplace? While burning, crackling wood in a fireplace brings a lovely ambiance to any room, many homeowners want to save the hassle of dealing with logs and chimney maintenance that’s necessary with a wood-burning fireplace.
A gas fireplace burns cleaner than the wood-burning variety. They’re available in both direct-vent and vent-free models. They do, however, require a gas or propane source. If running a fuel line to a kitchen or bathroom isn’t feasible, there are electric fireplaces that run on standard electricity and will bring you many of the benefits of gas and wood models.
Are you ready to take a step up in luxury with a beautiful kitchen or bathroom fireplace? Let the experts at Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto be your guide in choosing the right model for your home. We have a huge selection of fireplaces that would look amazing as an added kitchen or bath amenity. To inquire about any of our products or services, please call (800) 906-5557, or contact us by e-mail today.