Home is Where the Hearth is

As gathering place and focal point, the fireplace symbolizes security and community and adds warmth and ambience to any room. No longer limited to traditional materials and design, fireplaces have become focal points in the overall home aesthetic.  Wood burning fireplaces, gas log inserts (installing a gas log set into a masonry fireplace box), true gas fireplaces, multi-sided fireplaces, electric fireplaces, and a wide variety of fireplace finishes and sizes allow the designer and home owner many choices to create the perfect fireplace design for any room and home.  The indoor/outdoor fireplace has become widely used and many outdoor living spaces incorporate fireplaces into their design.

Things to consider when planning for a fireplace in any space include:

Materials – choose materials that complement the overall style of the home. The fireplace does not want to stand out because it does not fit in with the rest of the space

Size and scale of fireplace box, height off of floor and mantle height - scale of the fireplace is very important. You do not want it to disappear, but in the same way, do not want it to dominate the space. The sentiment that ‘bigger is better’ is not always true with fireplaces. For a medium to large living room space a 36” – 48” wide fireplace is appropriate. For bedrooms, 24” – 30” is appropriate. If the bedroom is very large (and depending on the location of the fireplace) 36” could be considered.

When selecting materials, be aware that all gas fireplaces have rules governing the types of materials that can be used within a certain distance of the opening. These are defined as ‘non-combustible’ materials.

In the same way, there are rules governing the size, location, and allowed protrusion for mantles on any given fireplace. These rules will affect the design of the fireplace so it is important to be aware of them.

Be aware of local jurisdiction rules related to fireplaces. Some areas no longer allow wood burning fireplaces and some have a limit on the total number of fireplaces allowed.Fireplace venting can become a challenge if not planned for from the outset of design. Be aware of the specific venting requirements for the fireplace you intend to install.

Fänas has experience with a wide variety of fireplace styles, manufacturers and designs. We’ve included a sampling of photos showing a few of our designs.  Feel free to contact us with any questions related to your project as we’d love to help you design the perfect fireplace. Whether incorporating this as part of a new home design, adding a new fireplace to an existing home, or simply discussing further strategies with you, we welcome your inquiries

Contact us at 303.444.5380 or info@fanasarchitecture.com for your home and fireplace design needs.