When we bought a house recently we really loved the place right away, but we knew we had to take care of certain renovations.
One thing we had to figure out was what we should do with the fireplace.
It was a very rustic looking fireplace, but it had a solid foundation. My wife had the idea that we could just fix it up to make it look modern with an electric insert. I thought it was a good idea because that way, we wouldn’t have to worry about chimney fires and having to regularly maintain the soot that collects with the chimney sweeps. One thing we looked around for was different materials to give the fireplace a nice look. It was just a plain wall with a basic wooden mantle. So we decided to install a stone mantel and also put natural stone slabs on the wall. We were able to make this boring looking fireplace turn into a marvelous piece of work and it looks really great. I know we saved a small fortune because I was thinking about having a team of professionals replacing the whole fireplace so we could have a modern wood burning one. I kind of liked the idea of having a wood burning fireplace because it reminded me of spending time with my grandparents before they passed away. They would always have the fireplace ready every single holiday season as most of the family would celebrate with them. Those were good times indeed and these days, the family doesn’t get together nearly as much as they used to.