If you are planning to build a new home and want to avoid paying huge gas or electric bills in the cold months of winter, then installing a wood-burning fireplace is a great option. However, your home needs to have an appropriate place to install the fireplace where it can be safely vented outdoors without sending smoke into open windows, back-drafting smells or cold air into your home, or burning down the house from expelled ash. To this end, listed below are appropriate places you should consider locating the fireplace.
Place the Fireplace in an Area with a High Roof Pitch
While you may be tempted to save on chimney materials and installation costs by installing the fireplace in an area with a low roof pitch, this is never a good idea. The chimney for your fireplace needs to vent smoke well above the highest part of your roof so it doesn't recirculate back into your home through open windows or other roof vents.
Additionally, a chimney will work better and have fewer future maintenance needs if it is constructed without any bends. So, in order to have a tall enough chimney that is straight and doesn't look out of place, it's best to locate your fireplace in an area with a high roof pitch.
Build Your Fireplace and Chimney Inside Your Home Instead of an Outdoor Chase
When you see a fireplace and chimney attached to the exterior of a home, the masonry work on the outside is referred to as a chase. While this type of wood burning fireplace installation is necessary if you are retrofitting an older home, chase installations should be avoided when building new homes.
Fireplaces and chimneys installed inside of the main house structure perform better because they are not subjected to the elements and temperatures drastically different than indoors.
Make the Fireplace a Focal Point in the Living Room
Lastly, when you are trying to decide where to put the fireplace in your custom home, you should seriously consider making it the focal point of the living room. This will allow you and your family to enjoy many winter evenings of watching movies and playing games around its warming glow. In addition, when the time comes to sell your home, future buyers will appreciate a fireplace that's located in an area where they can see themselves enjoying time with their own families.
For more information or advice, contact a company like Southwest Brick & Fireplace.Share