Fireplaces have been a staple in homes for centuries. What was once a sensible and pragmatic solution to heating your home has now turned into an added element of design, ambiance, and lifestyle. With recent developments to technology, both gas fireplaces and electric fireplaces have become increasingly easy and convenient to install. This has extended installation and design possibilities far beyond the traditional living room or family room. We're here to highlight some unique locations for your fireplace that will add that extra design element that you've been looking for in your home.
1. Outdoor Living Area / Backyard
The outdoor living area, or backyard, is often forgotten in the realm of possibility when it comes to gas and electric fireplaces. After all, isn't that what a fire feature is for? Most assume the rigors of the outdoors would prove too much for such a complex machine, but there are many units that have been specifically designed to ensure they last long and look great outside.
Be it gas or electric, an outdoor fireplace can become the centrepiece of a beautiful living area and extend the beauty of your home far beyond its walls. Sit by the ambiance and enjoy some freshly barbecued treats, or enjoy the warmth and a few adult bevvies with friends and family on a cool evening. Whatever the scenario, an outdoor fireplace is the perfect addition to your backyard.
We often get the most giggles when we suggest this area, but a master bathroom is seemingly the perfect area for a fireplace. With the developed technology of electric fireplaces, you can simply plug and play with either a wall mounted or fully recessed electric unit. Once you're exposed to the realistic fires and ambiance while enjoying a soothing bath, you'll be hard pressed to find a more relaxing setting. Not only that, but with the added heat, no more cold feet and running to the sweatpants after you hop out of a fresh shower in the winter.
3. Main Foyer
What better way to instantly be warmed up when you or a guest enters your home. The added heat of the fireplace can have friends and family cozy in seconds, while the ambiance is an instant de-stressor after a long day at the office. It's both practical and unique in it's setting and it can make all the difference when you first enter a home. If in the future you're ever looking to sell your home, guests and potential buyers will instantly be weak in the knees and thinking about all the design possibilities - can you say "return on investment"?
Like fireplaces, kitchens were once a space for practicality and not much else. Today, with open concepts and minimal walls, kitchens have become the new dining room. They're often where friends and family gather for conversation and food and wine are enjoyed. What better way to enjoy all that than with the warmth and glow of a fireplace?
5. Center Of A Room
You may think we're crazy on this one, or be wondering "how do you just put a fireplace in the center of a room?" Well, with the recent developments of multi sided gas and electric fireplaces, we're seeing these pop up more and more in homes. As previously mentioned, open concept layouts are becoming increasingly popular, and people are wondering how to segment areas to create different experiences, without all of the walls. By installing a multi sided fireplace into a pillar, you can create a cozy living experiences while helping to separate different areas of the home.
6. Master Bedroom
Last, but certainly not least, you can look to install a fireplace in your master bedroom. Not only will you get the added warmth of the fire so you can snuggle up come bed time, but you can unlock a new level of ambiance previously not thought possible. The only thing that could possibly set the mood more is by putting on a Barry White vinyl.
If you have anymore questions regarding fireplaces or potential installations, visit any of our 5 locations across Canada to talk to a fireplace expert. We have two locations in Alberta with our Calgary North and Calgary South locations, as well as 3 across the GTA: Burlington, Oakville & Etobicoke, Ontario.