For many Canadians, a home without a fireplace isn’t much of a home. We enjoy the beauty of our fireplaces as well as their functionality in adding heat to our living spaces. If you’re in the process of building a new home and know that a fireplace is going to fit into the picture at one point, the best point is during construction.
It’s far easier to add a fireplace into the design plans of a new home than to have one built or installed later. This is especially true of traditional masonry fireplaces, which require a significant amount of time and labor to build. But with any type of fireplace, there will be some level of work required, and having it done while the home is being built makes life a lot easier for everyone involved.
Of course, before you decide to add a fireplace during the home-construction phase, you first have to determine if you want one in the first place. There are many reasons people choose to install fireplaces in their homes. Let’s look at a few.
1. Supplemental heat. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our winter heating bills, and a well-made, modern fireplace is a good start. The advanced burn technology in today’s wood fireplaces and fireplace inserts make them excellent supplemental heating appliances. The same goes for gas fireplaces.
2. Aesthetics. It’s hard to beat the visual appeal of a well-designed fireplace. From the fire in the firebox to the beautiful mantel and surround options available today, fireplaces bring a sense of comfort and stability to any home.
3. Home value. Multiple studies have been done in the real estate industry that show how fireplaces increase the perceived value of a home in the minds of buyers. Additionally, homes with fireplaces usually sell faster than homes without them.
4. Zone heating. When thinking of adding a fireplace to your new home, don’t overlook the many zone-heating options for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Smaller gas fireplace models are perfect additions to other rooms in the home to bring fast, efficient heat only where it’s needed.
5. Clean burning. The technology that goes into building modern fireplaces is designed for much cleaner burns than older units were able to provide. Ask your hearth store associate about the many ways fireplaces on the market today are environmentally friendly.
Those are some of the main reasons people enjoy fireplaces. Whether you prefer the convenience of gas or the traditional look and operation of a wood-burning fireplace, you’ll find more choices than you can imagine to help you add the ideal unit to your new home.
Marsh’s Stoves & Fireplaces of Toronto supplies top-of-the-line fireplaces for many new-home construction projects throughout the region. If you’re in the process of building and want answers, stop in and see us at 3322 Dundas Street West, or give us a call at (416) 762-4582. We’ll help you find exactlywhat you’re looking for to make your new home complete.