If you are just starting or are in the middle of renovating your home, you may have decided that you wish to have a fireplace installed in one of your rooms. After looking through premade models, you may have decided that you want to have one custom-made to match your personal taste as well as your home's decorating scheme.
However, when you sit down to come up with a design, you may feel overwhelmed with the many available options. If so, ask yourself the following two questions to help you get started with making decisions about the fireplace's custom design.
1. What Type of Heat Source or Firebox Would You Prefer?
One of the first questions you need to ask yourself has to do with the firebox you wish to use. Determined by the heat source, the firebox is the insert inside of the fireplace that holds the fuel source and flames.
While a wood fireplace gives you a more traditional experience with unpredictable flame patterns and crackling of wood burning, it does come with the need to gather and light the wood as well as clean up after the fire has gone out. If you want this experience, you can let the contractor know you wish to have a wood-burning fireplace.
If you do not want to take the extra time, you may want to consider using either gas or electric, depending on the energy source available in your home. The contractor can then make the necessary extensions and connections.
2. What Materials Do You Wish the Fireplace and Mantle to Be Constructed From?
Another question you can ask yourself has to do with the materials from which the fireplace and mantle will be constructed. With so many materials from which to choose, you should consider your overall taste when making this decision.
If you want the fireplace to have a rustic, traditional appearance, stones and mortar with wood accents may suit you. However, if you prefer modern decor, a fireplace made from metal and glass with sharp angles and accents may be more to your liking.
Once you have answered the basic questions about the type of heat source and materials you wish to have for your fireplace, you can begin looking into more available options. Other such options include whether you want a wall or freestanding fireplace as well as the shape you want for the structure. Whether you have a good idea as to what you want or need further assistance with deciding on features, contact a contractor who offers custom design fireplace services for more information.