Advantages of Living Room Fireplace

The following is the first of what we hope are many future guest posts to the blog. We hope you enjoy and find them useful.

If you have been staring at your living room wall for a while, and wondering what would liven it up a bit, then you may have already considered a fireplace. Although fireplaces are traditionally associated with old homes with chimneys and stockings attached there are a number of advantages that a fireplace brings that you may have missed out on. Here we will go through the list of living room fireplace advantages.

Living Room Fireplace Advantages

1.)  Heat

No matter how efficient or cost effective your current heating solution is, nothing feels better during a cold winter than sitting by a live fire. Whether you opt for a real fire or a gas-powered fire, the instant nature and heat of a fire will warm you up faster than any other heating option available in a home.

2.) Cost

As well as the heat benefit, a fireplace gives you the option of heating up only one area of the home, which can have a very good impact on your heating bill. Heating up one room that is used the most is infinitely more cost effective than heating up an entire home you are not going to use until nighttime.

3.) Eco friendliness

If you have a real fireplace, then there are many eco fuel options available to you in the form of smokeless coals and wood. If you are installing a gas powered fireplace, then using the fireplace instead of the inbuilt heating system will be more eco friendly in the long run than using installed gas heating.

4.) Aesthetics

There is no doubt that a real fire is very beautiful, and having one in your living room will not only give you a heating solution, but can also be very decorative. Real fires give you a mini bonfire in your living room, but modern gas powered heaters can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to make the fireplace more like an art installation than a heating solution. Gas powered fireplaces can be wall mounted and will also give you control over the flame distribution giving your home an extra bit of décor as well as a fireplace.

5.) Mood

Staring at a fire can be very relaxing, as the heat, sound and glow of a real fire tends to have a very soothing effect on those who sit around it. Because fire moves and dances around, the impact on the ambiance and feeling in a room instantly changes from a simple room to a warm and cozy room full of movement and warmth. Time to get the marshmallows I think!

6.) Extra Light Source

Fire emits light, and so putting a fireplace in a room is also putting another light source in a room. This new light source can be manipulated to have a design effect on the room. Switch off the lights and leave the fire for a cozy night in, or add lights and fire for brightness.

Ben writes about home improvements and currently writes for the tool hire company Speedy Services.

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Hope For Architecture

“To build a timeless, durable, multi-century home at a price that everyday Americans can afford.”

That’s the mission statement for the folks at Hope For Architecture. They’re currently building a 3,000 square foot brick house to fulfill that goal. The designers and builders are focusing on affordable permanence, that is, a house that will last multiple lifetimes and yet can be built for a price within reach of the typical American family.

The project is in response to modern home-building practices that rely too much on foreign-produced materials and products that sacrifice quality and durability. By building the structure out of locally-sourced bricks with local craftsmen, the Hope For Architecture team is able to keep costs low yet have a structure significantly more solid than typical modern homes. The thick brick walls also have a high thermal mass, which will help the home stay cool in summer and warm in winter.

Visit the Hope For Architecture blog and look through their construction photos. The level of craftsmanship is obvious. The arched fireplace with curved back is especially impressive.

Brick-built home to last centuries

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Fireplaces Add Thousands to Home Value

Fireplaces can add significant value to your home

A fireplace can add as much as $24,000 to the value of your home, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The NAHB has developed a model that estimates the value of various features of a home. Using statistical data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of House and Urban Development, the NAHB was able to estimate home values based on 27 different variables, including geographic region, age of the house, number of bathrooms, and if the house has a fireplace. On average, a standard southern suburban home with a fireplace is worth $24,000 more than the same home without a fireplace.

If you’re thinking of removing a fireplace from your home, consider the impact its removal will have on your home’s value. Rather than spend money removing the fireplace, spend a little fixing it up and making it work with your current décor. Even if you don’t use the fireplace, it can still serve as a decorative feature. A fresh coat of paint and a new screen can turn an old, worn fireplace into striking focal point.

More decorating ideas for unused fireplaces.

More info on the NAFB House Price Estimator.

Posted in General, Using Your Fireplace

Memorial Day Weekend Challenge

On this Memorial Day weekend we propose a challenge. For every dollar you spend on beer, wine, or liquor this weekend, donate a dollar to the Wounded Warrior Project.They’re a terrific organization helping out the men and women who have sacrificed their minds and bodies for our security. Please share this Memorial Day Weekend Challenge post and encourage your friends to accept this challenge.

Visit to learn about the organization and donate.

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