Cure the Winter Blues with a Fireplace Upgrade

For those living in the Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington areas, we are about to be hit with another Canadian winter. When the cold and wet weather appears, people start spending more time cozied up at home entertaining and relaxing with friends and family.  One of the best ways to create that warm and inviting atmosphere is to make use of a fireplace in the colder months.  It doesn’t matter if you have a wood burning, gas or electric fireplace, each one provides lots of opportunities to create a beautiful focal point in your home.

The eye is naturally drawn to the darkest point in any room. If you have a fireplace, the black casing around the unit or the unlit firebox then becomes the most commanding element. But regardless of the size of room, the type of fireplace or what your renovation budget may be, there is so much you can do to elevate your fireplace and make it a design masterpiece.

Three Ways To Remodel Your Fireplace

Paint It

A simple coat of paint can completely change the look of just about anything.  If you want a quick fireplace upgrade, painting out the surrounding brick or the mantel can give your fireplace a more modern look.

Cover It

You can also remodel your fireplace by covering up the elements that no longer work for you. The most popular option is to cover up brick by either wrapping it with tile or wood. This method provides an updated look but still leaves the exposed brick intact for the firebox which keeps options open for future home owners.

A general contractor can help you with design plans and then take on the tasks like drywalling and tiling to complete the new look for your fireplace.

Rebuild It

At one point, wood burning fireplaces were a popular feature for home owners. But not everyone thinks they are worth the trouble.  In many cases, wood burning fireplaces are being ripped out and replaced with gas fireplaces that are cleaner and generally safer.

Because a fireplace is usually placed in the middle of a wall, you have the opportunity to not only upgrade the fireplace, but renovate the entire wall where the fireplace lives.  Common options include adding wall sconces, built in cupboards and shelves and a new and improved mantel.

Finding a Contractor for Your Fireplace Renovation

While upgrading your fireplace may not seem like a big project compared to renovating your kitchen or your basement, it is still recommended to work with an experienced contractor in order to make sure the job gets done properly.  Depending on the scope of your fireplace upgrade, you may need the expertise of an electrician, a mason or a carpenter.

domilya Group has more than a decade of experience helping homeowners in the Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington area upgrade and improve their homes. Contact us for a complimentary consultation and let us help you warm up your home before winter.

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