Benefits of installing a fireplace in your new build

New build houses make a great purchase, especially for the first-time buyer; they are incredibly energy efficient and they are a blank canvas on which you can stamp your own mark very easily. But, there are some ways in which you might find them lacking in character.

A fireplace is a great way to add character to the living room in your home. The benefits, however, do not stop there, so if you are wondering whether to have a fireplace put into your new build or indeed if decorating an older home replace an existing one, here are just a few of those benefits.

Focal Point

Every room in your home needs a focal point, and a fireplace is a great way to do this in your living room or lounge. The size, and visual appearance really demand attention. It is a feature you can build around, perhaps making the entire wall or chimney breast a focal point with your decorating. This is often where people choose to make their feature wall or add a large mirror to help create the illusion of more space.

Heat Source

A fireplace, which is often referred to as “zone heating”, can provide you with a great source of additional heating in your home. It can also help to reduce your annual heating bills. In the evenings, people tend to use only the one room in their home – the living room. Having the thermostat turned down a little for the rest of your home means you can easily and efficiently heat up just the one room using the fire. Over time this will help to reduce your overall heating bill, making a fireplace a very practical option. There might be times in the year when you find yourself faced with an unexpected cold spell and you would prefer not to put your central heating on too. This is when a fire comes into its own to provide you with the warmth that you need.

Calming Effect

A fire can create a very soothing calming environment, something that can be very romantic. Is there really anything better on a cold evening than curling up on the sofa with your loved ones, a fire flickering in the room and your favourite movie on the television?

Adding Value

Aside from the money you can save on your heating bills by adding a fireplace to your home, you could, in fact, be increasing its value and its desirability. A fireplace is one of the features that many people look for when they are looking at properties, and whilst a lack of fireplace alone is unlikely to put them off it may be one of those things that stack up against your property compared to another.

There are many great reasons to add a fireplace to your home that extend far beyond the design aspect of your room. If its something that you have been considering then it is certainly worth a second look.

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