Home options and upgrades have become very accommodating with styles, materials, and placement. It’s easy to get many different fits, sizes, finishes, options, there are just so many choices. It seems every single home upgrade comes in a variety of decisions as well as advancements. Make sure you get the most choices and take advantage of the technology in the aesthetics and controls.
Take the simple and typical fireplace. Having grown up in Oregon, I’ve used many different kinds of fireplaces for heating and for just setting the scene. From wood stoves, to wood fireplaces, and currently a vented gas setup I have experience with the different setups, and I have to say I like the gas for its ease. But some places have no gas hookup so other options exist including ethanol, electric, and the pellet stove.
All fireplaces serve a purpose but they differ a lot on operating and install costs, size and install friendly for specific locations. For instance, a gas fireplace is a very cheap option for heating, but can be installed with a vent and without if necessary. A non-vented setup will cost more but it will not require vent ducting and the expensive install. Wood may be desirable, but the costs up front and for the install are very high compared to other options but may have a lower operating cost depending on access to wood and use.
Check out this helpful chart to compare Fireplaces. This fireplace comparison chart makes it easy to understand the vary costs, features, maintenance, safety, aesthetics, and more.
If you doing that home upgrade to the family room, maybe a master bedroom makeover, or a living room remodel, adding a fireplace is an affordable way for heating while creating a beautiful centerpiece. Check out Northshore Fireplace for different ideas and options. Enjoy the many benefits of modern home design and get something that you will be happy with in decades to come.