With the blistery, cold days of winter upon us, you might be considering a cozy home remodel featuring a built-in fireplace.
Research shows that this remodel is a good idea: even though homeowners may not use their fireplace too often, most people want it in their house. In fact, studies show that it can improve the overall home value by $12,000.
Keep on reading to learn how to make your built-in fireplace the star of your home.
Remodel the Wall
Sometimes, the easiest way to make your fireplace more aesthetically pleasing has nothing to do with the fireplace itself.
It has to do with the wall!
While many people go for the traditional brick look, more and more homeowners are getting creative with their wall designs. Consider options like drywall, limestone, onyx, stone tile, or plaster.
Not sure what wall designs will look best? Ask your local contractor for recommendations.
Trying to do an updated look while staying on a budget? Consider redoing your internal paint. In fact, simply painting the bricks a different color than their traditional red can create an entirely modern look.
Update the Built-in Fireplace Mantel & Surroundings
Sometimes, just updating your mantel into a more modern look can make the world of difference when it comes to remodeling.
Fortunately, professional contractors can install drywall and surround to make a custom mantel for your fireplace.
There are so many options when it comes to brainstorming different ideas for your mantel designs or built-ins.
Consider the following design options:
- Carving out space for firewood to create a rustic look
- Going with a bold color scheme (like bright red)
- Built-in bookshelves to provide an elegant, cultured backdrop
- Omit the mantel entirely to enhance the backdrop
- Use natural stones over firewood
Get Creative With Designing
Today, there are so many options for updating your fireplace in affordable and unique ways. In fact, fireplaces are no longer just limited to living rooms. More people are turning to adding these fixtures all over their houses, from bedrooms to kitchens to even bathrooms!
Start your process by looking at online galleries on your favorite websites, like Pinterest. Gather inspiration and ideas.
Professional contractors want to help you make your vision happen, but they also need to have a good idea of what they’re working with! The more detail and preferences you can provide, the better.
Note that you may need city permits or approval to move forward with remodeling if you decide to make major changes. Your contractor will go over all of this with you.
Final Thoughts on Fireplace Remodeling
At Fitzpatrick Painting and Construction, we happily and busily serve homeowners in Portland, Albany, Corvallis, and Eugine and the surrounding areas.
Ready to start your remodeling project? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation.