What more appealing scene can you conjure up on a wintry day than a
pair of comfortable armchairs pulled up to a crackling fire while
wisps of smoke curl from the chimney top? All your senses are in
use--the sight of the flickering flames, the sound of the crackling
logs, the warmth on your face, and the fragrance and taste of wood
smoke. The hearth truly is the essential core of every home,
whether it is an actual fireplace or merely a mantel displaying the
treasures and trophies of intertwined lives. Long past the days of
strictly utilitarian purpose, fireplaces and stoves are a design
feature in their own right. They are available in an array of
styles, sizes, and colors; offer a variety of fuel choices; and
feature benefits beyond mere aesthetics, including heat and
cooking. Fireplaces and heat sources are also widely found in many
rooms throughout the house, including the family or living room,
bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, as well as outdoors. And the latest
innovations in fireplace and stove technologies make having one no
longer an expensive proposition.
While the building market is seeing growth in the fireplace market,
so too is the remodeling marketplace. In fact, many homeowners are
refacing their existing fireplace, upgrading their wood fireplace
to gas, or simply installing a new faux fireplace where there
wasn't one before. In this book readers will find hundreds of
examples of all types of indoor fireplaces--from wood to gas,
freestanding, and ventless--and stoves, both wood and pellet. In
addition to gorgeous photos of a full range of fireplace styles,
materials, and decor for indoor and outdoor fireplaces and stoves,
solid information on practical designconsiderations--maintaining a
fireplace or stove, remodeling an existing fireplace, safety,
converting a wood-burning fireplace to gas, and the like--are
explained in detail, making this the only book on the market to
offer the breadth of content on both the design and practical
components of all types of the latest indoor and outdoor fireplaces
and stoves. Aesthetic and practical design considerations for
hearths and mantels, built-ins and storage, lighting, and
accessories like screen, brooms, and bellows are also covered. A
thorough glossary, resources, and index provide reference-like
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