212-24-10 smFireplaces are inviting and even in a warm climate sought after for their ambience and allure.  The style of the fireplace should be consistent with the interior style of the home.  Whether building or remodeling many options are available to develop interesting, well scaled options.  Some architects do the fireplace elevations and material selection and others don’t specify it so it becomes more in keeping with the interior selections made by interior designers and homeowners.  There are many magazines with style choices to view and most architects and designers have extensive options for you to view.  If the style is more rustic the fireplace material will be as well (stone/log home).  Contemporary with sleeker materials, etc.  The proportion and scale of the fireplace needs to be handled by someone that is knowledgeable about the entire space and the size of the fireplace within the area.   Do you want to hang art or a TV in this area?  Do you want a hearth or mantle?

There are many new contemporary options that uses gas/fire that give warmth and excitement.  Placement is crucial as gas/fake logs and glass doors is often too warm for a typical seating area if it is on for hours.  If guests are coming and going great-watching tv for an evening may be too warm.  Due to heat factors it is desirable to recess televisions that are located above the fireplace and fabrics should not be closer than 3′.  Use a separate circuit for electric fireplaces and a CO detector for gas.

Direct bent gas fireplaces without chimneys are also an option.  Propane tanks can be used if natural gas is not available.

Outdoor fireplaces can create an extension for family or friends gathering beyond the interior spaces.  If an exterior fireplace is facing the interior living area it may be serve as a great focal point, eliminate the excess heat factor and easier cleaning.  Suitable for wood or gas.  Outdoor fire pits from portable to built in are another great option.  Integrating interiors and exteriors with an inviting fire makes for a livelier living space.  Restricted areas?  A propane column is an option-or on a larger property, all can be combined in the landscape design.

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The actual firebox should be in proportion to the room.

Angling a fireplace in the corner is tempting, but it seems to make furniture arrangement more difficult!  You need a least 15’ from the fireplace for two sofas in an L or a sofa and chairs in an L.  If there is a walkway behind the area you need at least 19’.  However, it doesn’t work to make this area, a TV area or a dining room so oversized that you end up with wasted space as these areas are defined by the TV size or the number of seats needed for dining or the table size.

Isokern is an EPA approved wood burning system used in many custom homes.

  • Hearth opening sizes are from 28”-72”.
  • Choices include masonry or metal chimneys.
  • Unvented fireplaces.
  • Multi vent for up to six gas fireplaces.



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