While it is true that a fireplace insert is great for bringing life back to that old traditional or gas fireplace you have sitting dormant in the living room, a fireplace insert can do so much more for your home. If you have ever looked around your home and wondered how much it would cost to put a fireplace in a certain wall, room or area, you will be surprised when you hear the answer.
While construction and labor costs for a traditional or gas fireplace can cost upwards of ten thousand dollars, you can actually have a fireplace built for merely hundreds if you use a fireplace insert and some materials from your local hardware store. Now, I can’t deny that it is nice to have a wall mounted gas fireplace that lights with a simple remote. But, a wall mounted gel fireplace can be installed in merely hours for thousands of dollars less.
So when you think about the fireplace insert when you think about new fireplace construction, you have possibilities that literally will never end. I have written reports, DIYs, articles and plenty of blog posts about most of the possibilities. It’s hard not to mention such unique areas as in the bathroom, bedroom, office, and dining room. Those are rooms that traditionally don’t have fireplaces even though a more contemporary trend has been to build certain types in these rooms. But, we can stretch our imaginations for some fireplace ideas that transcend even those.
The Corner Fireplace
Traditionally, fireplaces go in the center of the wall. But, we have evolved into forward thinking visionaries. We are no longer limited by the way things have always been. We put fireplaces in the corner. With a fireplace insert and some building supplies, you can have a fireplace that is more unique than the one your best friend has. You can either learn how to do it yourself, because it is completely safe when you use a fireplace insert with gel fuel, or you can ask a friend of yours to help you. It’s that easy.
Middle of the Room
Why have it along the wall? Why have it in the corner, even though that is a great idea? Why not put a fireplace in the middle of the room? You hardly need any supplies from the hardware store. Build a simple brick or rock structure for your fireplace insert and you have the neatest indoor fireplace you have ever seen.
If you have a sitting arrangement where you have made it possible for people to pretty much focus on one point, then you have a great place for a fireplace. It’s just like arranging a room around a television. Only this time, it’s a different room where no fireplace exists. It’s just a nice place to talk and enjoy each other’s company with a fireplace…in the middle of the room.
That’s right! Take it outside. Enjoy the fireplace experience in your backyard. Put it on the patio or your deck. Anywhere you think you would like to have some company, build yourself a nice fireplace. Of course, you can get a little more involved with the fireplace construction and build yourself a nice rock or brick structure to house your fireplace insert. Let it stand about six feet tall if you want. It’s up to you. Learn how to build it and your company will come.
Those are all great ideas. But, give your own home some thought. If you have an area, any area that you think would look nice with a fireplace, chances are you are right. The only stupid place for a fireplace, is that place where there isn’t one yet.