5 Reasons to Add a Fireplace to Your Home

fireplace homeIf you’re building a new home or if you’re looking at improving or redecorating your existing home, you might be considering installing a fireplace.  We think that’s a great idea!  To help you with your decision we’ve come up with a list of five reasons to add a fireplace to your home.

Price

Installing a fireplace probably isn’t as expensive as you think it might be.  There are several different styles of fireplaces that lend themselves to different installation situations.  If you’re starting from the ground up you can add any type of fireplace to your plans with relative ease.  If you’ve got limited space you can still install something that’s affordable and great looking.

Aesthetics

There’s nothing like sitting in front of a warm fire on a chilly evening.  A fireplace becomes a focal point, a gathering place and an entertainment piece all in one.  If you’re looking to create a special ambience in your house there’s nothing like a fireplace to make it so.  And although it’s extra special during holidays and when guests are visiting, a fireplace is a year round appliance.

Heat

Installing a fireplace can significantly bring down your heating costs.  Adding a wood burning stove designed to provide the maximum amount of heat will decrease your reliance on gas and electricity.  Consider installing it in a place in your house that’s consistently cold or alternatively place it in the room that you use most often.  A well positioned fireplace can significantly reduce the workload of your furnace and central heating system.

Property Value

Fireplaces are an attractive bonus to prospective home buyers. Having one in your house will most definitely increase your property value.  A fireplace not only adds elegance to a house, it allows a prospective buyer to foresee savings on future heating bills.  In general, houses with fireplaces will sell for more compared to similar dwellings without.

Choice

As mentioned in the first point of this article, there are many different types of fireplaces available these days.  If you’re not the type to enjoy chopping wood you might benefit from a gas fireplace.  Maybe an electric fireplace would suit your home better.  If you have the belief that all fireplaces are dirty and sooty, it’s time to see what today’s market offers – you might be very surprised. 

 

 

Can Crown Molding Increase the Value of Your Home?

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Real estate agents will have a huge variety of opinions when it comes to getting the best price for your house.  They may suggest professional stagers, a new front door or simply mowing the lawn. Another simple modification that can add to the appeal of your house is the installation of crown molding.  Can crown molding increase the value of your house? If done properly it can definitely make your home look more expensive. To find out more about how you can use crown molding to your advantage, read on.

Choosing The Right Style

Crown molding comes in a huge variety of styles.  Picking the one that suits your house best will play an important role in raising the value of your property.  Choosing a crown molding that remains consistent with the rest of the architecture of your house is of the utmost importance.  It makes no sense to install highly ornate crown molding in a house with a modern interior. Similarly, if your house has highly detailed flourishes you’ll want a crown molding that coordinates and accentuates.  Consider the room sizes, decoration and construction when choosing the style of crown molding you’re going to install.

Get It Properly Installed

There’s not much that can ruin the look of a room more than poorly installed crown molding.  Because of the angles that need to be worked around, it’s not as simple a job as it may appear.  The ability to measure properly, cut accurately and deal with slight variations in straightness are skills that may not be found in every DIYer.  Hiring experienced professionals can save a lot of headache while resulting in a great looking room.

Professional Painting

A bad paint job can ruin the effectiveness of crown molding just as easily as poor installation.  Not only do choices such as paint colour and sheen play an important role in a good looking room, having the paint applied correctly is incredibly important.  If you want your new crown molding to create the desired effect, make sure to employ experienced painters.