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How To Find A Fireplace That Suits Your Style and Needs

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Are you building a new home or working on a remodel project that involves installing a fireplace? Feeling overwhelmed by selecting a fireplace for your home? We met with Michelle Hollenhorst of Pink Petal Design to discuss fireplace ideas, how to find a fireplace that suits your style and needs, and what to consider when adding a fireplace to your home.

Heat & Glo Fireplace

Heat & Glo and Michelle Hollenhorst of Pink Petal Design discuss what to consider when adding a fireplace to your home. Michelle shared her expert opinion on the aspects that will make all the difference when you’re shopping for a fireplace. Watch the video to hear about them all, and read below for the key takeaways.

  1. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, a fireplace is the number one decorative amenity requested by homebuyers.
  2. It’s important to note that as a fireplace is a structural amenity, it’s much more difficult to add in later. For those building a home, be sure to include a fireplace in your initial plan – not only will it make your life easier but a fireplace will increase your home appraised value by about $3,500 according to the Marshall & Swift Residential Cost Handbook.
  3. Direct Vent fireplaces are extremely versatile, so stretch your imagination – a Heat & Glo gas fireplace can be installed almost anywhere.
  4. Always consider the size of your room. You want the fireplace to be proportionate to the rest of your space, especially the wall it’s installed on. For larger spaces, choose larger premium units, for tighter spaces – like bathrooms, look for smaller units. You wouldn’t put a mini fridge in a gourmet kitchen and a fireplace is no different, it has to fit!
  5. Consider the heat output of the fireplace. The last thing you want is a fireplace that is going to overheat your space, or on the flip side, not provide enough supplemental warmth.
  6. Think about the style of your space. If you’re going for a more traditional feel, use a unit with handcrafted logs and vintage-inspired front options. If your design theme is more contemporary, try a modern fireplace, like one of Heat & Glo’s linear units.
  7. Keep in mind the overall budget of your home. For entry-level properties, basic fireplace units are fine. If you are building a midrange or custom home though, your fireplace needs to match that intent - you’re going to want to select premium models with the best fit, feel, and finish.
  8. Builders need to follow these same principles – no homeowner goes into a showroom and wants to buy a basic firebox, so offering these types of models to potential homebuyers is a disconnect from what consumers are really looking for.
  9. Get with a local hearth installer as soon as possible, even if you or your architect is just in the design phase. There are so many possibilities for fireplace installations today, the earlier you bring in a subject matter expert, the happier you’ll be with the end result!
  10. Thank you again to Michelle Hollenhorst of Pink Petal Design for sharing her knowledge with us! We’re ready to spend our winter fireside. Do you need inspiration for your own home project? Contact The Fireplace Showcase.

How To Update and Upgrade An Existing Fireplace

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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There’s something nostalgic about burning wood in a fireplace. It’s a simple pleasure to be serenaded by the familiar crackling sound of wood burning while taking in woodsy aromas. But making time for it isn’t always so simple. Cutting and stacking wood, building fires, and cleaning up ash are time-consuming propositions that our busy lifestyles don’t always allow. Over time, a masonry-built fireplace can also become dated. Does this sound like your fireplace? We have the answer to upgrading your fireplace, and it doesn’t involve a lengthy or expensive remodeling project. It’s called a fireplace insert.

As the name suggests, a gas fireplace insert fits directly into your existing fireplace, greatly enhancing its performance and beauty. Operated by the flip of a switch or remote control, gas fireplace inserts burn natural gas or liquid propane, so there’s no ash to clean up.

Elevate Your Style

A 15- to 25-year old fireplace is just that – a 15- to 25- year old fireplace. A fireplace insert upgrade will give it a major facelift, and the work can be completed in a day or two.

The best way to help visualize the difference a fireplace insert makes is with “before and after” photos. In the example below, the homeowners upgraded their outdated, brass-framed super-inefficient wood fireplace with a Heat & Glo gas fireplace insert. The insert and updated stonework, which was installed directly over the brick transformed the room from circa 1975 to 2018 – just like that. What you can’t see here are the energy savings and the added convenience a gas fireplace provides. See all the styles of inserts here.

Add Function and Efficiency

Your old wood fireplace is probably less efficient than you might think. Some masonry-built, open fireplaces like the one on the left below can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of warm air to the outside, while drawing cold air in through the doors and windows of the home. A gas insert will turn that around immediately, making your fireplace up to 85% efficient and your home warmer.

Ready to take the first step towards transforming your fireplace with a gas insert? Connect with your local authorized Heat & Glo dealer today to learn more!

Source: heatnglo.com

Five Reasons the Phoenix Will Change Your Mind About Gas Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sometimes a product comes along that changes everyone’s thinking about the way things have always been. Here’s a case in point: In the past, if you wanted the ease and comfort of a gas fireplace, you had to accept that your fireplace would have to include a glass front.

Not anymore.

The conventional wisdom about gas and glass has been challenged with the introduction of the Phoenix TrueView gas fireplace powered by patent-pending WhisperTone Technology™. With the look of a traditional, open-front fireplace, the Phoenix still runs with the ease and efficiency of gas.

“Three decades ago, Heat & Glo revolutionized the industry with direct vent technology, and the Phoenix builds upon this legacy of innovation by providing what homeowners and builders have been asking for: The convenience of gas without the glass,” says Heat & Glo Brand Director Jackie Schneider.

5 More Reasons to Choose the Phoenix

There are so many ways the ways the Phoenix delivers the ultimate fireside experience. Here are four reasons to revolutionize your hearth with this game-changing fireplace:

  • Realistic looks and premium options. Choices include traditional brick or reflective black-glass liner, high-definition logs and a glowing, LED ember bed.
  • Sight AND sound. An optional Bluetooth wireless speaker system adds an auditory layer to the realism by playing the sound of a crackling fire (or even your favorite music).
  • TV time is Phoenix time. A television can be safely placed just 12 inches above the Phoenix, with no mantel required.
  • Block cold air with WhisperTone™. This patent-pending three-part venting system features an automatic damper to stop air movement when the fireplace is off, preventing cold air from sneaking in.
  • Control with a touch of a fingertip tap. All elements of the Phoenix’s operation, from flame height, lighting and sound, are controlled with our user-friendly IntelliFire touchscreen remote

Want to learn more about the groundbreaking “no glass, still gas” Phoenix? Contact The Fireplace Showcase here in Seekonk!

Source: heatnglo.com

Gas Fireplaces: Add Affordable and Stylish Warmth and Beauty to Your Home Today

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 06, 2021
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The fireplace and mantel is very often the focal point of the room and a reflection of the taste and lifestyle of the homeowner. It is one of the most appealing features of a home that not only increases the enjoyment of the home but also adds to its value and marketability. Adding (or modernizing) a fireplace is one of the most valued and profitable home investments that an owner can make.

Adding a gas fireplace is impactful, noticeable, and instantly valued whether your home improvement project is to enjoy for a lifetime or to serve the short-term need to upgrade the home for sales purposes. The fireplace adds glamour, appeal and instant value. Gas fireplaces can be installed in virtually any room. In general, however, most install them in the area that the family spends the most of their time together. Most often this is the family or living room where the asset creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere. It is where treasured family pictures, souvenirs and seasonal decorations are beautifully displayed. But also consider other areas of the home where the function and ambiance of a gas fireplace excels like the bedroom, dining room, or if you’re so lucky, in the “man cave”.

For more information on gas fireplace value, function, and comfort, contact The Fireplace Showcase.