A Fireplace for the Holidays

Mediterranean Landscape by Phoenix Landscape Architects & Designers Straight Line Landscape

With winter and the holidays quickly approaching, it may be a good time to consider a fireplace. A fireplace is a worthwhile investment, while being an additional aid to reducing yearly heating costs.

While adding a fireplace doesn’t add to your official home value assessment, most real estate agents consider it a hot selling point. In fact, the National Association of Realtors found that 46% of homebuyers would pay extra for a home with at least one fireplace. For an addition that costs an average of $2,000-$5,000, adding a fireplace can have an excellent return on investment.

When considering a fireplace, there are two main options to consider: wall-mounted and free-standing.

Wall-mounted is best in cold climates and is most common in homes. It is usually constructed with a mantel and can be built in a dividing wall between two rooms. Putting the fireplace in a dividing wall allows two different rooms to enjoy the fireplace.

A free-standing fireplace provides the pluses of a built-in fireplace without additional construction to your home. The free-standing nature makes the installation much easier and less expensive than wall-mounted fireplaces.

Either option provides warmth to your home and a perfect family gathering place for the holidays.

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