Modern homes are generally no longer built with fireplaces as the need for open fires is no longer part of our lives and unused chimneys can be drafty. For many this is a pity, as a fireplace can make an interesting and very exciting feature of any room, and in particular a well designed and presented living room that needs something to make it look the part, a well chosen fire, fireplace or stove could even add to the value of your property!
According to one source, homes with fireplaces have a higher resale value because they are
considered a luxury feature, adding class and sophistication to a home.
They recommend: "If you live in a home without a fireplace and are
thinking of adding one to improve resale value, the electric fireplace
can be a good option because this type of fireplace is often the least
expensive to purchase and install." Installing a woodburning stove into a period or rustic style property will add a touch of character to a room and further entice buyers to part with that extra bit more cash!
tiled fireplaces so popular and
common in even the smallest of homes of that era, each and every one a
delight to look at and a thing of beauty.
Of course, in modern times it is quite possible you may live in a
house that was built some time ago, and in cases where this is so it is
very likely that a fireplace was at one time present
in one – or in many – rooms in the house. In Victorian properties it
was common practice to have a fireplace in the downstairs and upstairs
rooms adjoining the chimney – or in the case of bigger houses with more
than one chimney a variety of fireplaces – and over time it is likely
that these have been boarded over, sealed and forgotten about.
Tapping the walls where the chimney breast is will give you an
idea of whether or not there is a hollow behind, and it is isn't unusual to remove the cladding and find an intact and very
beautiful fire surround, sometimes complete with original iron fittings
and untouched tiling, as many renovations during the 1950’s and 1960’s
centred in modernising houses and hiding away antique features. See this previous article about opening up your fireplace.
Restoring old fireplaces is not a difficult process, especially
if yours has simply been hidden away in the years gone by, and when it
comes to redesigning a room around a Victorian, Edwardian or other fireplace there is much scope for beauty and style. But be aware, installing a vintage style fireplace in a modern new-build can look very out of place.
The availability these days of modern feature fireplaces
is another element of interior design that has taken on a life of its
own; some very modern styles of gas powered fireplaces can be found
that are both beautiful to look at and extremely functional, and
everything from wood burning stoves to minimalist and very extravagant
brushed steel designs can be incorporated into fireplaces these days.
Whether your desire is for an antique fireplace or a more modern
stone design, a cast iron fireplace or a beautiful and very neat up to
the minute version, there is much to be gained from the interior design
aspects of fireplaces, and we would strongly recommend that you look
around before making your decision.
Fireplaces can be for effect or looks, or for function too, and
they make a very stylish and great looking addition to any room; make
sure you choose the style that would suit your room or, if you’re one
of the lucky ones, why not open out that old fireplace and restore it
to good as new?