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Not Your Average Fireplace: Adding Warmth and Style to Unique Spaces

Fireplaces have been a popular feature in homes for centuries, providing warmth, comfort, and a wonderfully welcoming ambiance. However, traditional fireplace designs can be limiting, and some Waterloo Region homeowners may want to explore less usual ways to incorporate a fireplace into their homes. Here are some ideas to consider:

Hanging Fireplace

Also known as a suspended fireplace, a hanging fireplace is a modern and unique design that can be suspended from the ceiling. This type of fireplace doesn't require a chimney and can be easily installed in any room. The suspended design allows for a 360-degree view of the flames, making it a stunning centerpiece in any space.

Two-sided Fireplace

A two-sided fireplace is a great way to divide a room while still keeping it open and airy. It can be installed between two rooms or in the center of a large living area, allowing for two separate spaces to be created while still enjoying the warmth and comfort of a fireplace.

They can work very well in an living room with a dining area, but their use is really only limited by the available space and a homeowner's imagination.

Corner Fireplace

A corner fireplace is a great way to make use of an awkward corner in a room. It can be installed in a variety of materials, including brick, stone, or metal, and can be designed to fit any style of decor.

Fireplace in the Bathroom

A fireplace in the bathroom may seem like an unusual idea, but it can create a luxurious and spa-like atmosphere and actually harks back to centuries past, when a fire in a bathing space simply made practical sense.

It can be installed near the bathtub or shower, providing a charming and relaxing, and definitely luxurious, space to unwind after a long day. Given that buyers are actvely looking for spa style bathrooms, should you ever decide to sell your Waterloo Region home it's a good bet that a bathroom fireplace will be a great selling point.

Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fireplace is a great way to extend your living space and create an inviting outdoor area, something that an increasing number of home buyers are actively looking for.

An outdoor fireplace can be installed on a patio, deck, or in the backyard, providing warmth and ambiance for outdoor gatherings and entertaining.

However, there are several factors to consider when adding an outdoor fireplace. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Location: The location of your outdoor fireplace is crucial. You want to choose a spot that is safe and away from any flammable materials. Additionally, you want to consider the view from your outdoor living space and how the fireplace will fit into the overall aesthetic of your backyard.

  • Materials: There are many different materials to choose from when building an outdoor fireplace, including stone, brick, and metal. Each material has its pros and cons, and you should choose a material that will fit with the overall style of your home and backyard.

  • Size: The size of your outdoor fireplace should be proportionate to the size of your outdoor living space. A fireplace that is too large or too small can look out of place and may not provide adequate heat.

  • Safety: Safety should be a top priority when adding an outdoor fireplace. You should ensure that the fireplace is installed by a professional and that all safety measures, such as a fire screen or spark arrestor, are in place.

  • Local regulations: Before adding an outdoor fireplace, you should check with your local government to see if there are any regulations or permits required for installation. You should also ensure that the fireplace meets all local building codes and fire safety requirements.

  • Fuel source: You will need to decide on the type of fuel source for your outdoor fireplace. Wood-burning fireplaces provide a classic look and smell, but they can be more difficult to maintain and may produce more smoke. Gas fireplaces are more convenient and easy to use but may not provide the same level of ambiance as a wood-burning fireplace.

  • Maintenance: Like any outdoor feature, your outdoor fireplace will require maintenance to keep it looking and functioning its best. You should be prepared to clean the fireplace regularly and schedule any necessary repairs or maintenance as needed.

Fireplace in the Kitchen

A fireplace in the kitchen can create a warm and inviting atmosphere while also, if you are so inclined, serving as a functional cooking feature. It can be installed in a range hood or as a standalone unit, providing a visually impressive and welcoming space to cook and entertain guests.

Fireplace Wall

A fireplace wall is a great way to make a bold statement in a room. It can be designed to be the focal point of the space, incorporating various materials such as stone, brick, or wood to create a unique and eye-catching design.

Although this might sound grandiose - and very expensive - you do not have to cover an entire wall with the fireplace and there are some very affordable options available.

This can be an excellent way to incorporate a fireplace into a room without eating up too much of the available floor space and may also be a way to enjoy the (many) benefits of a fireplace in a home where the presence of small children - or curious fur kids - might make some other fireplace options a potential safety hazard.

Does a Fireplace Add Value to a Home?

If you were to answer this question from a home appraiser's point of view the answer would be not necessarily. However, in terms of what a homebuyer precives the value to be, they can make a real difference.

Aesthetics play a large part in this. The simple fact is that fireplaces can be a beautiful and eye-catching feature in a home and when they appear in less usual spaces they can become a real 'wow' feature.

However, energy efficiency can be a positive factor too. While a fireplace may not be the primary source of heat in a home, it can help to supplement the home's heating system and reduce energy costs. Modern fireplaces are designed to be more energy-efficient, using less fuel and producing fewer emissions.

More and more buyers - especially younger ones - are prioritizing energy efficiency and sustainability when buying a home, offering another reason why a fireplace can be a real selling point.

Speaking of home selling, don't let the stress of buying or selling a home overwhelm you. Hire an expert Waterloo Region real estate agent who knows the market inside and out.

With our expertise and guidance, you can navigate the process with ease and confidence. Contact Team Pinto today to get started on your journey towards finding your dream home or selling your current one.



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