Stoking the Fire: Fireplace Remodeling Ideas

home remodelingWhile remodeling your bathroom or kitchen can be a great way to spruce up an outdated home, they can also be expensive. Thankfully, there are many other ways to enhance your home.

One approach is a fireplace remodel. In fact, it’s an easy way to vamp up your old fireplace that might be serving you well functionally, but could do so much more with a little bit of investment of time and money.

So where do you begin? There are many ways to renovate a fireplace. The first step is to consider its current condition and how often it is used. This way, you’ll be able to determine what your fireplace really needs.

Consider Changing To Gas

While many people enjoy a good ol’ wood-burning fireplace, it might be time to realize that it’s not always worth the trouble. Despite being a renewable resource, wood is increasingly more expensive. And while gas isn’t necessarily cheap, it may be a better alternative.

Additionally, gas-burning fireplaces burn a lot cleaner – and much safer. In some areas of the U.S., where air pollution is an issue, you also might be limited to when you can burn your wood.

Remodel Your Fireplace Surrounds

A fireplace remodel can mean many things to different people. Replacing or upgrading your fireplace surrounds can be one option. A new or improved mantel can greatly update and enhance the look. Even more peripheral accessories can be a great source of fireplace remodeling ideas. By adding simple wall sconces on each side, you can create a truly relaxing atmosphere in your living area.

Finding a Contractor

Depending on what’s best for your specific fireplace, you might need to hire various types of contractors.

For example, wall sconces may require an electrical contractor. If you want a marble surround, you will need to enlist the help of a masonry contractor. And mantels can be any number of contractors, depending on the material you want.

Finally, if you’re tackling your project from multiple angles, it’s smart to find a remodeling contractor who can “do-it-all,” or enlist the help of multiple contractors, each of whom can tackle one small aspect.

Finally, as with any home project, be sure you get a clear, detailed written estimate before the work starts. This can help you and your contractor stay on task and make your fireplace remodel project go off without a hitch.

Find great design ideas and inspiration for all your home remodeling projects including fireplaces, kitchens, baths, bedrooms, dens, outdoors and more. Contact Republic West Remodeling today to schedule your free consultation.

Jim Weisman (645 Posts)

Jim Weisman founded RW Remodeling in 2011 after co-founding Republic West in 1995. Jim’s strong belief in the importance of ethical standards, honest communication and quality work make RW Remodeling a unique home remodeling company. For more than 19 years, Jim Weisman and his team have been proudly delivering what their customers want; their dream home.