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Choosing the right Fireplace

Posted: 4th April 2014 by Fireplaces South West

From the first fire pit in ancient times we have found comfort, warmth and a hypnotic fascination with the glow of a fireplace. As a means of cooking or a way of coming together, they represent both an elemental part of us as well as our mastery over the elements. For such an important part of your home, it is worth getting right and talking to the experts at Fireplaces South West in Bristol.
We bring over 20 years of experience in helping you choose the right fireplace for your home, whether it’s a new build or a renovation, but there are several important steps to take when considering what fireplace is right for you. Here are a few key points to consider.


What are your fireplace needs?

Are you installing a fireplace for primarily aesthetic appeal, ease of use, heating efficiency or for another reason? If you are using a fire as the main way of heating your property then have you allowed enough space to build a fire large enough to keep you warm in winter? Every home is different and each fireplace needs to be designed by experts to meet your unique requirements.


Are you adding a fireplace to a new home or renovating a property?

Polished granite fireplaces look great in a new build home, but if you are renovating a cottage in the countryside you may prefer an antiqued fireplace to compliment the rustic style of your home. Fireplaces South West offer a range of styles and finishes for your hearth, made from the finest Italian Black Slate and Zimbabwe Black Granite. At our showroom you can see examples of the finished products in person and talk to our master craftsmen to find out what would be the ideal fireplace for you.


Choose a location in your home

Deciding where you want your fireplace to be installed will also have an affect on choosing your style of fireplace. Consider how much space you have to work with and whether you want it to be the focal point of the room. From large open hearths to discreet dining room fireplaces, we have something for all sizes and all rooms, whatever your needs are we can deliver the right fireplace to your door.


Selecting a type of fuel

Will your fire be fueled by solid fuels such as wood or briquettes, or will it be a gas powered fire? If you are going with the popular choice of logs with the characteristic crackle and mesmerising flame then you will need to consider having a larger hearth to catch any sparks that may result. With a gas fire you can focus more on the style and appearance, although in order to get the fireplace that is right for you it’s worth talking to an expert and calling Fireplaces South West for friendly, impartial advice.