There is no doubt that having a fireplace brings an instant feeling of warmth and coziness to your home. Who doesn’t enjoy sitting by a warm crackling fire, while reading a book and sipping hot chocolate? Unfortunately, for those of us who do not already have a built-in fireplace, it can be quite expensive to install one.
Fortunately, there is a less expensive alternative with many of the same great benefits. A freestanding fireplace, or stand-alone, is just that— it is freestanding; therefore, it doesn’t have to be built into a home. This is an appealing option for those wanting to add a fireplace to their Pittsburgh home, without the expense and the mess. But is it right for you? Before making that decision, here are a few things you need to consider.
What do you want out of your fireplace? Is it simply to warm your home or to add a bit of ambiance? Or are you looking for an addition that will add value to your home? If it is the latter, even though it can be costly, having a traditional fireplace built into your home will provide you with a return on investment should you plan to sell your home? If you are looking to add a fireplace for your own comfort and enjoyment, then purchasing a freestanding fireplace for your Pittsburgh home would be the most cost-effective option.
Even though freestanding fireplaces are easier to install than traditional built-in fireplaces, there is some installation required. Depending on the type of freestanding fireplace you are considering, it will determine whether or not you will need a chimney pipe installed. If you go with a ventless or electric model, then you will not need a chimney.
With freestanding fireplaces, you also have more flexibility with the actual location in your home. Whether it is being used for warmth or to add coziness to a particular room, you can choose where it best suits you.
If you are working within a budget, cost will definitely be a factor in your decision making. Freestanding fireplaces in Pittsburgh are typically 30-40% of the cost of installing a built-in fireplace. Plus, if you do not need to have a chimney installed with your freestanding fireplace, you could save even more money.
When it comes to the aesthetic value of a home, built-in fireplaces are hard to beat. So, if you are looking to add value to your home, then you will need to incur the costs of having a traditional fireplace installed. Good news is that if you are not willing to take on the cost and installation of a built-in, there are plenty of options available today that come pretty close to the appearance of a traditional stone fireplace.
Ed’s Woodshed, a local fireplace shop located in Bridgeville, has been providing premier fireplace products and services to Pittsburgh area residents for over 30 years. The knowledgeable staff is available to answer all of your questions and provide recommendations when it comes to installing a traditional built-in or a freestanding fireplace. Call Ed’s Woodshed today at 412-257-0492 or stop by to have a look around.
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