How would you add a fireplace inside your home?


How would you add a fireplace to your home. What would be the first thing to do and all the things to consider?

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  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 12, 2018

    Easiest installation would be a direct vent gas fireplace. You can install this type of fireplace on any exterior wall, and it will vent directly out the back. Installation usually takes only about a day or a day and a half.


  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 12, 2018

    Well first, what kind of fire place? Wood burning, gas, or electric. The degree of difficulty is in that order too. Budget?

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Nov 12, 2018

    First, what kind of fireplace do you want? Wood burning or gas? Wood burning is nice and has that wonderful smell, but it is very dirty and requires a lot of work (chopping wood (need space for it to season), carrying it in in all kinds of weather (making sure no bugs come in with it), starting the fire and cleaning up the ashes after. They are also not the most energy efficient. You'll have to decide on what kind of finishes you want. If it's real that you want, a mason is who you want to contact.

    Gas is so much easier, just turn it on with a remote and you're good to go. I've had both and prefer gas but I do miss the smell and crackle of the real wood. There is a lot to consider when getting a gas fireplace. The size and style you want are first. I like the regency brand. Check out the log sets and the flame on the one you like. You want to make sure it looks as real as possible. Decide on the finishes and whether you want ventless or direct vent. Contact a reputable dealer in the brand you have decided on. Here are two pictures of gas fireplaces I've put in houses. The second one has a backlight as well as the fire, is a regency and has a battery backup in case of a power outage. Both have direct venting to the outside. The first was a new build and the second was put in an existing house. We remove a window in the middle of the wall and put in thinner windows on each side of the fireplace. Both have split face tile that came on 12 inch sheets.

  • Dfm Dfm on Nov 12, 2018

    fire places come in many different forms. Electric, wood burning, and natural gas or propane. At house no. 2, I put in a natural gas source, as the house was heated with it. You need to chat with an insurance agency, you might need a rider to cover any damage from the fire place. Yes my insurance rate went up. With a wood burning set up, you need to clean the chimney periodically, wood produces a by product called creosote which will support flame. Electric will raise your heating bill.

  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 13, 2018

    You also need to consider your local building codes. A neighbor installed one, had to have it inspected by the building department, and they also raised her taxes a bit (home improvement). A relative has a gas fireplace in one room, and a wood-burning stove in another. The gas is a lot less work, and it still looks really nice, and is not that expensive to run occasionally.

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