The epitome of luxe, a fireplace is a great way to bring decorative charm and practical benefits such as warmth to your home. In fact, it can also add value to your space should you wish to sell down the track. If you’re building a new home, a fireplace should be something you might wish to consider at the design stage – especially for when the colder months approach and you’re more likely to be spending time indoors.
At Hotondo Homes, we always appreciate a good-looking fireplace. In this blog, we showcase our favourite creative ways to add a fireplace to your home when building a new house. Be inspired and read on!
Bring your alfresco area to life with an outdoor fireplace. One of the main benefits of this style is that even as the temperature drops, you and your company won’t need to retreat indoors. An outdoor fireplace creates a focal point for any gathering, where you can sit around and roast marshmallows, cook up jacket potatoes or simply have a few casual drinks with friends. With an outdoor fireplace, you can have a comfortable couch set up around it to create a cosy atmosphere for even the coldest of nights.
Maximising on space, a suspended fireplace is just that: it hangs from a ceiling or a wall. With its ultra-modern vibe, it easily becomes a talking point in any home. Think of it like an art installation that hangs in your home, only it’s functional and provides warmth in the colder months.
Traditional indoor fireplaces
A roaring fire at the flick of a switch? That’s just one of the appeals of an electric fireplace. An affordable way to add ambiance to a home, electric fireplaces are easy to keep clean and operate. Available in a range of styles and budgets, there is something for everyone. However, they may not provide the same level of heat as their gas counterparts, or that pleasant crackle from wood-burning fireplaces.
Burning natural gas, these types of fireplaces are a popular alternative to wood-burning styles. One of the main reasons why people might prefer to build a gas fireplace is that they offer clean, natural heat. With the touch of a button, they can be powered on, thanks to having an always-burning pilot light. Keep in mind that gas fireplaces do lack the romantic appeal of wood-burning fireplaces, but they do generate a good amount of heat, keeping the room toasty and warm.
The scent and sound of wood burning on a fireplace makes for a classic combination. The most traditional style, wood-burning fireplaces offer a definite comfort that is difficult to replicate with any other design. Things to consider: wood-burning fireplaces spit ash and embers into the room, and will require screens, as well as regular cleaning and maintenance.
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Visit your nearest Hotondo Homes display village to view our designs up close and in person. Know what type of fireplace you want when building your new home with us? Start a conversation with your local Hotondo Homes builder today.