Froze through last winter? Renovating your living room? Or building a new house? Whatever your reasons for needing a new fireplace, we’ve got the low down on how to take your room from stale to stylish with our top tips for fireplace renovation
In addition to providing heat, a fireplace has a big impact on the overall ambiance of a room. Done correctly, a fireplace can transform a blank wall into a stunning focal point. Check out our top tips for fireplace renovation below!
Wood, gas or electric? Working out the benefits of each and what will work best in your home can be confusing. A chat with your local fireplace dealer can help. Your local dealer will ask you questions and give you advice to help you find the best fireplace for your home.
Where will your fire be located in your home? The placement of your fireplace will influence your choice of fire. For example, if you want a TV or mantel above your fireplace there are heat clearances that must be met to ensure safe operation. Tap into the expertise at your local fireplace store to find out which fireplaces can fulfill your design goals.
Do you have a second heating source or will your new fire be your only heat source? Some fires can feel warm when you’re standing right in front of them but don’t have a large enough heat output (BTU’s) to warm a large family room. It’s important to discuss your heating expectorations with your local fireplace dealer because they can recommend a fire that meets your needs.
Some fireplaces, like the Regency Montrose wood fire and Regency GF1500L gas fire, are so powerful they come with optional heat ducting kits that can distribute warm air through venting into other rooms of your house.
How much do you want to spend on the fire? Setting a budget will allow you to narrow down your search. Make sure to consider the cost of materials plus installation.
Start planning early
Before starting your renovation or in the planning stages of your new build visit a few different fireplace stores in your area, you can find your closest store with the Regency dealer locator. Having an idea of what kind of fireplace you want in your home early on will give you time to explore all the installation options available to you. It’s a little easier to make changes to room layouts in the planning stage.
Sharing as much detail as possible about your vision and requirements for your fireplace renovation with your local fireplace dealer will help them recommend the perfect fireplace for your home.
Know your room’s limitations
There are many different things to consider when installing a fireplace and the best way to find out what’s involved and which fireplaces can work in your space is to speak with your local fireplace dealer/installer. Expect to receive advice on placement options based on such aspects as flueing and distance from gas lines (if you choose a gas heater). Your local fireplace dealer can also advise you on what materials are suitable to use around your fire.
Consider the style you want to achieve. Today, fireplaces come in a range of different styles such as contemporary, traditional and modern designs.
The Regency Greenfire™ GF900L adds modern expression to any living space with today’s sleek, linear styling. This unit features seamless design and beautiful wide angle flames set on a coastal driftwood log fire. Efficient, clean-burning zone heating has never been more stylish!
Impressive in size and performance, the Gosford delivers incredible high efficiency heat for maximum comfort. The sleek styling is complemented by Regency’s tradition of reliability and leading edge wood burning technology. The Gosford produces more heat using less wood by extending the burn.
The Studio 3 is for those with large spaces who wish to create a greater presence with their choice of fireplace. Finished in Metallic Black, the Studio slim frame design instantly creates a distinctive focal point in the room, with all the focus on the fire.
There are also a number of websites where you can find design and fireplace renovation inspiration, some great ones to start with are Pinterest and Houzz. Some retails even host a number of installation images on their website for inspiration like the Regency ‘idea gallery’.
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