Fireplaces: Time to Upgrade!

Fireplaces: Time to Upgrade!

Every time I tell someone I have an original wood burning fireplace in my upstairs they exclaim “Never change that!” but they don’t have to live with a wood burning fireplace. The soot, the smoke. It’s just so medieval to have an open fire in the home! Not to mention inefficient and impossible to ever build one of these again with today’s code.

I do love the retro lights on either side of the fireplace - those orange and yellow bulbs are original from the 1940s! They really don’t make them like they used to. The fireplace is located in the corner of the living room to make way for the big picture windows that sit on either side of the fireplace. I also love the original copper hood. 

In my downstairs area I had a non-functioning fireplace that I upgraded to gas. This fireplace can heat up to 600sf and is the main heat source for this downstairs guest/office area. I love having alternate sources of heat for emergencies. When I waited for a new boiler to come in I was very happy to have a gas fireplace to warm up to, and one day (ask me this winter) I’ll be happy to replace the one upstairs to gas as well. 

I chose a marble look ceramic tile for the fireplace surround, something to work with the tile in the open kitchenette area as well as bathroom located downstairs. All these rooms used a grey and white colour theme - very neutral - as you can see my art and furniture do not lack colour :) 

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