A Fireplace Addition to Warm the Winter Soul
It’s almost that time of year. That’s right, winter. The leaves are falling, the night air is getting chilly and comforting thoughts revolve around crackling fireplaces and cozy blankets. Not only does sitting in front of the fireplace sound romantic – it sounds relaxing! Unfortunately we may not all be lucky enough to have that fireplace setting the mood with it’s warm light. Is it worth the cost to have one installed? How difficult is it to make this dream a reality? Let’s take a look at some options to see if you warm up to a new fireplace addition.
A wood fireplace is the most genuine of all fireplaces. You get the sound of wood burning on top of a subtle heat from the fire. However there are some strict regulations around adding a wood burning system into your home. Because of this, the cost of the chimney and the unit will be higher, you’ll need permits for the install, and you may need to make changes to your home insurance. A wood burning fireplace addition quickly becomes the most expensive, upwards of $5,000.
The most common fireplace additions being installed today are gas and electric. They carry the least amount of risk as there’s no chance of smoke damaging your space and no need for fuel (wood) storage. Yet wood burning fireplaces are still an option. The Advanced Technology Fireplace is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Talk to your contractor about options and additional features to make sure you get the most from this high-end installation.
Read more about Fireplace and Wood Heating from the Government of Canada here.