May 25th, 2015 | Kitchens
A hot trend we love seeing in new kitchen design & remodeling is the installation of a fireplace in the homeowner’s kitchen. People are going back to our ancestral roots and picking out beautiful fireplaces for their kitchen that can aid in cooking a mouth watering pizza to hot bread ready to be served.
Other homeowners are using the fireplace as a source of warmth and ambiance–the feeling and mood it sets for them and their family in the kitchen has cozy written all over it.
Overall, adding a fireplace to your kitchen will add value and charm, and will certainly be a talking point for your guests. Selecting the right type of fireplace for your space is critical & based on how you want to interact with it, there are some great options for both cooking & warmth. Follow along as we break down various options out there & offer things to keep in mind throughout your journey in picking out a fireplace.
As with any home remodeling project, the most important step involves sitting down and answering a few questions regarding what you want out of your fireplace:
Setting yourself up for success with your fireplace is finding the perfect balance of space versus heat. The last thing you want is an overheated room, or a fireplace that doesn’t product enough heat for the your square footage.
As a home chef, you may want to consider a wood-burning fireplace that can specifically be used for preparing and cooking food. This method requires a ton of work, but it may be worth it to you and your family—consider that you will need a supply of wood, will need to build a fire & then start cooking. The beauty of a wood-burning fire is priceless!
The most common and most recommended type of fireplace in your kitchen is direct-vent gas fireplaces. There are a plethora of positives we love of about this type of fireplace, with one of the most important aspects being the little risk of carbon monoxide that can enter the room. This is because they are self-contained, sealed units & vent horizontally outside of a sidewall in your kitchen. A bonus about this type of unit is they come in various models and can be installed between rooms so you can enjoy your fireplace from the living room and kitchen.
Another option out there is vent-free gas fireplace, which as the name states, doesn’t require any venting. This type of model is less expensive than other models but they tend to put off a large amount of heat, which isn’t ideal for smaller kitchens.
Both of these options are gas fireplaces and will need natural gas or propane supply, so if you would rather go the electric route, there are great options out there. An electric fireplace give the look and feel of flames, but it is all created by plugging in the unit into the wall.
Electric fireplaces have lightbulbs and reflective panels that work together to give the illusion of flames, and with some units that have built in space heaters, you can have all the perks of a real fireplace without less work.
Fireplaces are a great way to set your home apart from other homes & are a wonderful selling point as well as great addition for your family in general.
After you decide what type of fireplace you want, the next step is how to make your fireplace cozy & complimenting to your kitchen. Fireplaces are available in a variety of materials, including brick, marble, granite and fieldstone. There is such flexibility to create any look you want, from Mediterranean to cozy cabin feel. The toughest part may be narrowing down what style you want!