By Christiane Elssler. Fireplace. Published at Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 - 02:40:29 AM.
Stone materials vary enormously in colour and composition; whether you opt for limestone, granite, marble, cast stone, slate or even a thin stone veneer each have their own unique look and feel. Of all the stone materials, marble is probably the most expensive and difficult to maintain but if you are after a sumptuous elegant look in your living room, it can be the perfect choice. On the other hand if you don’t want to spend huge amounts of money there is always the cheaper alternative of man-made marble. Limestone can be very captivating if you select a neutral colour that will complement almost any interior design while granite, though not so soft, is also a good choice because it needs very little maintenance.
In the era in which unparalleled and inimitable houses are no more a dream, one needs put in sincere efforts to create a paradise out of their home, which becomes the envy of each of its visitors. A chic or classy fireplace can indeed give your cozy corner a special feel. Though for some people, building a fireplace might be a new idea, however it is worth giving a try. Today the market is flourishing with numerous styles and patterns of fireplaces and its tools and accessories. Truly speaking, outdoor fireplace is a great idea to create a lasting impression on your visitors and if it is accompanied with few classy accessories then it’s just like topping an ice-cream with a cherry. Outdoor fireplace accessories include stylish fireplace screens which are available in various patterns and styles. A log holder is yet another important accessory which should not be missed out when designing an outdoor fireplace. Elegant wood holders and ash buckets are also available in the market at affordable prices. Moreover if your fireplace is accompanied with a fire starter and a log splitter then no one can stop envying the aura you have created with an outdoor fireplace.
For instance, a homeowner decides to build a marble mantle seven feet wide and four feet high. The budget takes into account the marble tile to finish the design and the firebox, structural materials to build the fireplace and labor. Most people do not look at a chimney and think "Wow, that is a great looking chimney" so we do not always account for the ventilation when we design our perfect outdoor accent. The ventilation cannot be skipped just because there is plenty of ventilation outdoors. The proper flue will "pull" the fumes and smoke up and away from the fireplace. Without the vent gas fumes will flow from the front of the fireplace and the area usually reserved for sitting in front of the fire will be hot and smelly. The homeowner contacts a contractor who explains the chimney, flue and roof termination will double the budget.
Isn’t it funny how small things like that can take you back to your childhood when it was much simpler times? The thing is that wasn’t the only fireplace in the house. My father loved them and it grew on me too. We had a brick fireplace in the living room. The wall was brick and the fireplace matched. The other walls were wood and I could sit in that room for hours just looking out the window or reading a book. It was like the fireplace made all the difference in the world. A room without a fireplace was boring. A room with a fireplace came to life and invited you into it. Hot cocoa and picture puzzles are memories associated with the fireplace in the living room. But, we’ve kind of grown up a bit in our design of the fireplace. The other day, I helped a friend decide on a pyramid shaped fireplace. It sits on a base that is about a foot high and three feet wide by three feet long. The pyramid has four sides so it will sit square on the base. That’s a nice design.
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