There’s a spot for a fireplace in our living room. The living room has a double height void so the fireplace could be quite a feature. The builders want to know how big a space to leave for the fireplace so I’ve been investigating our options. As always, narrowing my favourite pictures down to a top 5, seems to help me define what I like:
Here’s the living room design for our house plan:
Open wood fires are beautiful, but the reality is that we are going to be living in suburbia. No fallen old trees. Neighbours in sniffing distance. Lazy homeowner who will happily flick on a switch for heat but will rarely set a wood fire and clean up after it.
So here are the options:
1.) Stick with an open wood fire. Place a couple of logs in there for looks and light it only a couple of times per year. (I’m not sure of the costs associated with this option yet. Any guesses?)
2.) Install a wood-look, gas fuelled fireplace with glass front. ($5-10K.)
We’d seen some nice fireplaces of this kind (not too fake looking) by French company, Chazelles, so I went to visit the sole Western Australian supplier of this brand. The friendly, bearded fellow from the hills was not that keen on Chazelles, nor Heatmaster, but directed me to an American brand, Lopi. Like most of the gas fireplaces, you can mix and match your choice of fire surround, fire “material” and fireplace insert, to achieve a look you like. The Lopi gas fireplaces range from $6.5 to $8.5K. There are a couple of options that you can retrofit to an existing fireplace, but the install-as-you-build fireplaces look best.
For that price, we want to make the right decision, so I’m asking for advice. The fire will not be our only source of heat, so we don’t need to be too worried about the ability of the fireplace to heat a certain volume. However, when we’ve got the fire on, it should be able to heat our large open living room area. We want it to look nice and be trouble free.
I asked around on the HomeOne Forum and a couple of people recommended Jetmaster. These heaters would be in the same price range as the Lopi heaters.
Do you have a fireplace you love? Have you had a dud? All comments welcome.
Edit: Two weeks later.
We’ve made a decision with our hearts! We are going for a wood fuelled fire. We’ve selected a British brand, Stovax, It has a door and we are going to install it with a fan.
- Fire: $5069
- Fan kit: $ 742
- Flu kit (4 metres, air cooled): $435
The quote came from a man called Mr Stokes. Now that is dedication!