Archive: September2012

Home is Where the Hearth Is – Designing Fireplaces

Simplifying Design Decisions for Fireplaces, Mantles & Surrounds. Do you want to install a gas or wood burning unit? This is the first question, because while either can be accomplished, from a design perspective there are clearance issues, storage requirements for tools & wood, and hearth & chimney details to think about.  The popular choice is to install a gas "zero-clearance" unit.  These can be inserted into wood-burning fire boxes and easily retrofitted, as well as... read more