Fireplace Mantle Makeover

By Scott Arnold on Remodeling

Fireplace Mantle Makeover

The fireplace is often the most dominant element in any room it’s in. Replacing a fireplace is definitely a cosmetic choice but besides pleasing your eye, an updated fireplace can also add resale value.

When the cold winter weather months arrive we welcome interior work with open arms. This December we moved inside, to do a fireplace makeover for a client who was fed up with the old brick look. The house was built in 1976 and the brick fire place was original.

Due to issue with the damper the fireplace was deemed inoperable, so it was decided to custom build the fireplace and mantle around a new electric insert. Gas was also not an option for this project so electric was really our only option.

Designing

When designing your fireplace makeover you must take into consideration the following things; fuel and size.

Fuel:

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Wood

Due to issue with the damper the fireplace was deemed inoperable so it was decided to custom build the fireplace and mantle around a new electric insert. Gas was also not an option for this project, so electric was really our only option.

Size:

Calculate the amount of space you are looking to heat along with the available size for insert and pick something that will work best for you. Fireplace inserts come in a variety of sizes and some are even designed not to produce any heat but provide an ambiance feeling.

The fireplace is often the most dominant element in any room it’s in. The eyes are naturally drawn to the darkest object in the room and often times it’s the firebox. Realistically you want the fireplace and mantle to complement everything around it. Replacing a fireplace is definitely a cosmetic choice but besides pleasing your eye, an updated fireplace can also add resale value.

 

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Scott Arnold

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is a young remodeler, and a 911 Dispatcher for a Boston area, Metro West 911 Center. When he is not in the Communications Center, you will find Scott getting his hands dirty on any number of contracting jobs, whether it is for his customers or on his newly purchased house. Scott enjoys remodeling, DIY projects, spending time with his wife and 2 kids. Scott will help share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on ToolBoxBuzz.com

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