Fireplaces create a peaceful ambiance and enhance your homes appearance. That is why every house should have one. However, if you are not lucky enough to have the fireplace installed in your house, you can build one yourself. If you’re in California like we are, make sure you have the proper licenses and adhere to building codes. You can find a list of the CA fireplace building codes by clicking here.
Before you can begin the process of building your fireplace, there are a few factors that you need to consider;
The type of fireplace that you want
There are different designs that you can choose from. All these designs differ when it comes to the material used.
- Masonry; arguably this the most expensive type of fireplace. When you envision a fireplace this is what comes to mind. The masonry fireplace has been designed and created with bricks or stone firebox.
Because of the design, this fireplace is better build in a new construction. However, that does not mean that you can’t still build it. You will need to secure the services of a contractor for this type of project.
You will also be required to adhere to the local building codes.
- Gas; they will not give you the aroma of wood fire but they are quite efficient. These types of fireplaces tend to supply warmth more than wood. They are also easy to use. If you are concerned about the environment, then this is the best option for you.
- Zero-tolerance; it is very easy for you to install this fireplace. The good thing with it is that it can be places over hardwood floors. They are lightweight and because of that they tend to remain cool.
It is very important for you to consider the available space when you are choosing a fireplace.
Consider your budget
It may sound like a cliché, but it is very important for you to have a budget. This will guide you in the type of materials that you need to buy. It will also help you in deciding type of fireplace that you can afford.
Decide if you need to hire a contractor
Even though some of the fireplace designs are easy to install, you may need to hire a contractor. If you are dealing with a professional, chances of you ending with a badly done project are slim to none.
Keep in mind that to hire a contractor you will need to have the money for that. It is therefore important for you to factor that in when you are formulating a budget. If you need help determining which kind of contractor you need, please feel free to refer to our last blog post to pick a good fireplace contractor.