Mariette Josephe Fireplace January 15th, 2018 - 10:55:57
The fireplace has been the most prominent architectural element in the home for centuries. It can be designed in just about any configuration using a world of materials. From the height of the firebox opening to the shape of the hearth to incorporating mantels and lighting the most distinctive detail remains what we choose to cover it with. Take a look at some of the most popular materials that designers are using.
Classic brick. This is timeless and inexpensive compared to other hard surfaces and makes itself at home in traditional and transitional styles. Bricks can be installed in a staggered pattern or stacked for an even more contemporary look. Around $2.000 to $5.000.
When it comes to fireboxes homeowners seem to be gravitating to fire ribbons — gas flames that are wide but shallow appearing literally as ribbons of fire. The look is contemporary but minimalist with no faux logs. Instead flames rise from rock sand or glass. The idea isn’t to provide the illusion of a wood-burning fireplace just to add the warmth and beauty of a flickering flame.
Ceramic and glass tiles. Individual ceramic or glass tiles are a definite win on any fireplace surround. They’re available in many colors and shapes so the design options are endless. Can vary greatly; around $2.000 to $5.000 for tile and professional installation.
Painted brick. An option I have used often painted brick works every time. If you are longing to update your old red brick but are short on budget paint your brick. Any color can work but white works with so many different styles. Modern rustic and coastal all work with a painted fireplace. If the bricks are being installed new your project can cost $2.000 to $5.000 for raw materials and installation. (Read this before attempting it yourself though).
Many of the new prefabricated metal fireboxes don't even require a chimney. Only if the fireplace is meant to be wood burning is there a need to vent smoke up and out. If it's solely a gas-burning fireplace a direct vent (directly outside behind the fireplace) or a no-vent solution works just fine.