Picture this: you’re in a cozy sweater, holding a mug of something hot, and snuggled right up to the fire. But, what does your fireplace look like? Is it gas or wood? What colors are you envisioning? If you’re not sure what you want in a fireplace, here are a few things to ask yourself before you start looking.

  • What’s your budget? Before falling in love with a fireplace, make sure you’ve set a budget. Each style tends to range in price, so even if you’re looking for the lowest cost, you can still find one you love.
  • How much space do you have? Installing a fireplace takes some planning and measuring. If you want a fire feature but don’t have enough room for a fireplace, a wood stove could be the right choice for you!
  • How much heat do you want it to produce? Some fireplaces are used as more of a statement piece, while others can be the main heat source of a home.
  • What is your home’s aesthetic? Fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they also come in various styles. A fireplace may be the right size for your space, but if it doesn’t fit your home’s décor style, it can really throw off the overall look.
  • What type of fireplace do you want? How much maintenance are you looking to put in?
    • Gas—if you want a low-maintenance option, a gas fireplace is a good solution. These can be turned on with the click of a button and don’t require very much cleanup. They heat the room quickly and produce real flames without that burning wood smell.
    • Electric—this is a cost-effective option and is quick and easy to install. If you just want the ambiance that a fireplace brings, electric might be for you. However, these fireplaces don’t produce any real flames and don’t provide very much heat.
    • Wood—The traditional, classic option. If you want authenticity, the crackling sound of burning logs and that woodsy smell, you’ll want a wood fireplace. These do require more maintenance, like cleaning up soot and ash after the fire is out, and having the chimney professionally cleaned once a year.

So, now that you have an idea as to what you want or need in a fireplace, give Brekke Fireplace Shoppe a call, and we’ll offer a free in-home estimate! And, if you’re still on the fence about what you want in a fireplace, our experts will be happy to help.