The holidays are a time for family, friends, and of course – fires in the fireplace. If your fireplace needs a facelift, there is no better time to tackle the project than before the holiday season. Here are a few things to keep in mind when remodeling your fireplace. Remodeling is a lot to take on. Whether you are redecorating for the holidays or remodeling your home for another reason, Space Construction, Inc is here to help. Space Construction, Inc is your fireplace and residential remodeling resource.
Choose Your Materials Carefully
If you plan to complete your fireplace remodel, you will need to choose your materials carefully. Brick is a popular choice for fireplaces because it is durable and easy to clean. However, stone or tile might be a better option if you are looking for a more modern look. Whichever material you choose, ensure it can withstand high temperatures and will not be damaged by soot or smoke.
Pick the Right Design and Layout
When it comes to fireplace design, there are endless possibilities. Whether you prefer a classic or more contemporary look, make sure your design fits in with the overall style of your home. Additionally, keep practicality in mind when choosing the layout of your fireplace. For example, if you are adding a wood-burning stove, be sure there is enough space around it for proper ventilation.
Install A Heat Shield
The next step is to have our professionals install a heat shield around the firebox area of your fireplace. This will help protect nearby walls from becoming too hot during use. Consider installing an insulated chimney liner to increase energy efficiency further and reduce heat loss up through the chimney.
Install Hearthstones or Bricks
Next, our professionals will install hearthstones or brick around the perimeter of your firebox area. This will help keep smoke and ash contained within the fireplace while also adding an attractive aesthetic touch. Choose stones or bricks that coordinate with the overall design of your home and fireplace. Once all stones or bricks are installed, our professionals can coat the entire area with fireproof sealant for added protection.
The last step when building a brick fireplace is installing a damper at the top of your chimney flue. Our professionals can install this to the correct requirements. This will help control airflow in your fireplace while allowing smoke and gases to escape the chimney when it is in use. You must choose a high-quality damper designed for masonry work to ensure it functions properly without any issues. We will install the damper according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then secure it with the necessary screws and hardware.
Before entirely using your new masonry fireplace, testing it out with a few small fires first is crucial. This will help you determine if any issues need to be addressed, such as smoke in the house or uneven heating. Start by lighting a few small pieces of well-seasoned wood and monitor the fire carefully. If everything looks good after an hour or two, your fireplace is likely ready for regular use.
Masonry fireplaces require regular maintenance to keep them functioning at their best. After each season, inspect your fireplace for any damage that may have occurred during its use. Make sure to clean out all creosote build-up from inside the flue and check for any cracks or gaps between the mortar joints of the bricks or stones. Additionally, it is essential to inspect periodically and clean.
Consider Your Fuel Options
You have a few options for fuel: gas, wood-burning, or electric. Gas-burning fireplaces are the most efficient and easy to use, but they can be expensive to install. Wood-burning fireplaces are more traditional, but they require more work to maintain. Electric fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular because they are easy to install and use and do not produce emissions. Ultimately, your fuel should be based on your needs and preferences.
Create a Focal Point
One of the best things about having a fireplace is that it allows you to create a focal point in your room. Whether you surround your fireplace with built-in shelving or hang artwork above it, ensure the area around it is decorated and inviting. This will make your fireplace the centerpiece of your room and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests.
Once all of the components are in place, you can go back over your fireplace and make any last-minute adjustments or repairs that may be necessary. Check for drafts around windows and doors and inspect the mortar joints between each brick or stone. You should also consider adding a mantel and some decorative details if desired. Finally, inspect your work one more time before lighting a fire to ensure everything is up to safety standards. Congratulations – your new masonry fireplace should now be ready to enjoy!
Remodeling your fireplace with Space Construction, Inc is a great way to add value to your home and create a cozy atmosphere for guests. When remodeling, choose durable materials that withstand high temperatures and soot build-up. You should also decide what fuel you want – gas, wood-burning, or electric – based on your needs and preferences. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to create a focal point in your room by surrounding your fireplace with built-ins or hanging artwork above it. Get started today and ensure that your fireplace is functional and stylish this holiday season!