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Update The Fireplace, Home is Where the Hearth Is

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

What makes a house a home? Its fireplace. What makes that fireplace special? The design, beauty and comfort of the hearth.

But the hearth isn’t just for your living room anymore.

This is the last day of National Fireplace Month, and we want to remind home builders and homeowners that, thanks to the ingenuity of designers and architects, a beautiful hearth can center any room of the house.

The hearth is the home’s heartbeat, the connection point for all who live there. But our lifestyles have changed. Where we congregate and how we spend our time has evolved. Combine those changes with home builders and remodelers’ creativity, and you can now consider a fireplace for nearly any room.

Consider these six spaces:

  1. Bedrooms: Make your bedroom even cozier and consider giving it a cabin-like feel with a gas fireplace or even a stove.
  2. Kitchen: Steep your morning tea and read the news at your breakfast nook warmed by an assuring, alluring flame.
  3. Office/study: Want to fire up your best thinking? A sleek electric fireplace beside your home desk can be your best collaborator.
  4. TV room: Fireplaces are the new flat screens. As more consumers cut the cable cords, hearth manufacturers are boldly reclaiming their rightful place as the TV room’s focal point, offering thin, long, horizontal gas fireplaces for installing in the center of the wall.
  5. Bathrooms: An evening soak in warm suds can be made even more relaxing and intimate with a remote-control fireplace
  6. Your outside wall: Want to make your home even more open? An indoor/outdoor fireplace connecting your favorite indoor room to your backyard patio truly opens up the home.

Warming up to the idea of fireplaces beyond the living room? Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your specialty retailer.

All Types of Fireplaces

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Contemporary, see-through fireplaces that warm multiple rooms. Prefabricated gas fireplaces that mount directly to the wall. that look realistic and can really put out the heat. No, these are not the fireplaces you knew when growing up in your parent’s home. Today’s innovative new fireplaces are designed for visual excitement, two-sided exposure, and installation in locations previously unconsidered.

The conventional fireplace has all but been reinvented in recent years. There are so many new products on the market today that can fit any budget and style.

While your parents may have had a wood-burning fireplace, the chances are that it wasn’t outfitted with an insert. Fireplace inserts with glass doors have become the standard, retaining the heat generated by the fire when in use, and limiting draft when not. Woodstove design has also been updated in recent years allowing for a wide array of designs ranging from traditional to ultra-contemporary.

Gas and electric fireplaces are now installed for aesthetics and mood as well as heating purposes. Architects have embraced the long, sleek horizontal fireplace surrounds and are incorporating them into their contemporary interior designs. Equally exciting, are two-sided fireplaces that are increasingly being used in home designs. When you consider the visual impact and benefits of a two-sided fireplace, the extra expense associated with it seems relatively low.

Second and third fireplaces are being installed in existing homes–sometimes for the calming effect they evoke. Specifically, the gas and electric fireplaces that can be mounted directly to the wall, which in many cases do not require venting. Because of this, fireplaces are making appearances in kitchens, baths and other private rooms of the house.

Hearth-related innovations are not limited to home interiors. Outdoor fireplace kits using traditional masonry or pre-engineered masonry products range in design from simple to majestic. The gas-fueled fire pit has also been given a new stage with its integration into the design of patio furniture and other outdoor architectural features.

Many new forms of media, such as the simulated gemstones, have been developed for use in gas applications both in and outside the house. Other products include large river-worn stones and sophisticated metal sculptures. vTo experience the true impact of these and other fireplace products, visit the showroom at The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local hearth shop. Contact us for more information.

Fireplace Inserts Make Open Fireplaces More Efficient

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 09, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA - Clydesdale fireplace wood-fired insert

If you are thinking about updating that old, open masonry hearth, consider fireplace inserts. If you are interested in using your fireplace, but you would like it to be more efficient and effective in heating your home, a fireplace insert is the perfect answer.

For homeowners who have an open existing fireplace, and are interested in maximizing its use, fireplace inserts make a hearth highly effective and highly efficient. A wood burning fireplace insert can be placed inside an open fireplace to supplement the heating system in your home.

Wood heat is an efficient, easy to use heat, fueled by renewable resources. By supplement your existing home heating with a fireplace insert, you will significantly decrease your home heating bills and significantly improve the efficiency of your home. Inserts have many other advantages as well.

  • Save on energy expenses
  • Lessen related expenses to heating systems
  • Increase efficiency of old masonry fireplace
  • Wood is renewable energy
  • Gorgeous and cozy heating
  • Creates a focal point in the room
  • An inexpensive and easy home improvement

For all of the above reasons, homeowners have found that fireplace inserts are the perfect way to stay warm and save money during the cold months while allowing you to maximize the heating efficiency of your fireplace.

If you are interested in benefiting from the full potential of your fireplace, contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local specialty retailer.

National Fireplace Month: Enjoy the Warmth & Ambiance

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 01, 2019
The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA

Bring the people you care about together in your home around incredible warmth and comfort, as well as ambiance, with a fireplace that can last for decades. A good place to start in finding the right product for you is to identify whether you're looking to add romance to your living room, cut your winter heating bill, or become more self-sufficient. Also consider the placement within the home, the maintenance required, design and style preferences, as well as which fuel will work best.

Fireplace Insert

Fireplace inserts make an existing fireplace more efficient and clean burning. Fireplace inserts are heating units that are installed into existing fireplaces (masonry or factory-built). Rather than losing valuable heat up a chimney, inserts convert an existing fireplace into an efficient, heat-producing zone heater. They burn either wood, gas, or pellets and offer superior efficiency. Gas is the most popular, providing the convenience of a fire at a flip of a switch with no mess or change to indoor air quality.

Fireplace inserts use the existing chimney, through a flue liner or other necessary modification, for venting; most have blowers to circulate the heat. Vent-free fireplace inserts require no chimney or flue modification.

Contact The Fireplace Shop and Grill Center at West Sport in Sudbury, MA, your local specialty retailer for help deciding which fireplace insert is right for you.