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Most houses these days aren’t even built with a fireplace in mind. Housing codes in some cities have discouraged the installation of traditional wood-burning fireplaces. Alternative heating sources that don’t require wood harvesting and ash cleanup are another reason why installing fireplaces in new homes isn’t as popular.

But, the fireplaces are so beautiful. They are great for hanging out on cold nights when you just want to spend some quality time with your family. The problem is that installing a traditional wood burning fireplace can cost thousands of dollars. Actually, it is somewhere above ten thousand.

However, there are cost effective solutions to installing a fireplace without the costly traditional wood burning features. Most of this work can be done by yourself. But if you have no hope of ever becoming even a hobby construction worker, any work you might need won’t be too expensive to outsource to a contractor.

your own design

The best way to save money is to build a ventless fireplace with a fireplace insert and use gel fuel to start the fire. You can literally put a fireplace anywhere with just these items. Of course, you will need wood to build a structure and faux textures for your decorations. But you can have a fireplace in a matter of days instead of a few weeks.

If you want your own design, you can use your imagination to take yourself literally anywhere. First, decide where you want to put your fireplace. Find out where the studs are on the wall. You can place your fireplace on the wall between the studs or facing the wall. Build a fake chimney, frame, and even a fake chimney on the roof if you want. You won’t have to build it through the roof. It is only there to be seen.

The shelves on the sides are a nice touch. If you build a faux fireplace, a flat screen TV looks great above the mantel. Now, place your fireplace insert in the fireplace and light your gel fuel. Depending on how much quality and craftsmanship you put into your fireplace design, it will look exactly the way you want it to, completely original and fully functional.

Traditional Designs

If you don’t even want to work on a faux fireplace design with a real flame setting, then you can have the design of your choice. An unvented fireplace can arrive at your doorstep in a matter of days, and within an hour of arrival, you can be enjoying the roaring fire with a cup of coffee in hand.

There are plenty of traditional looking fireplaces with rich wood finishes and wonderful features. You can choose between arch designs with shelving on the sides or marble finishes with huge columns. Oak, mahogany and walnut are just a few of the wood finishes, while there are various faux stone finishes on cast concrete. Freestanding fireplaces can sit flush with the wall anywhere you want to put them or corner designs can breathe new life into any corner of your home.

Contemporary Designs

Of course, you can step out of the past with ventless personal fireplaces and small table designs. See through both sides of the fireplace with a glass diamond frame that you can place on the coffee table in the living room. You can also enjoy a wonderful fire coming out of the rock.

New designs are being created all the time, from outdoor fireplaces you can enjoy on your patio to indoor fireplaces you can enjoy in your bathroom. Small, medium and large fireplaces for any style, ventless fireplaces are the perfect alternative to the traditional wood burning fireplace that has caused so much trouble in the past.

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