With Autumn in a full swing and Winter fast approaching, you may be thinking about lighting a fire in your fireplace. There aren’t many things in the world that can compare to a cosy evening in, in front of the fireplace. A mesmerising fire not only gives heat but also relaxes our senses, working wonders after a busy day or week in work. 

From an architectural perspective, fire is not only a good source of heat but a great focal point of the living room. There are many different designs and styles of fireplaces out there from very old and traditional ones to sleek and modern designs. 

Whether your home already has a fireplace or you’re looking to have one built, it’s important to know that there are different types out there. It’s essential to know what kind of a fireplace you have or want before you jump to build or operate it. 

There are four main types, here is our quick guide. 

Wood-Burning Fireplace
Probably the most commonly found in UK houses that have existed for centuries. Typically made of stone or brick, when you are close to them, you can really feel the heat, smell the wood burning and hear it crackling away. They feel the most authentic, however, they often aren’t as effective at heating the room as some of the more modern varieties. 
Also, if you do not already have a fireplace in your home, it will require a fair amount of construction work to put in both the opening itself and the chimney required for proper venting. 

Gas-Burning Fireplace
If you prefer a cleaner, more traditional look, you should explore a gas-burning fireplace option. Although wood-burning fireplaces look beautiful, there’s is also a bit of cleaning up to do, whereas gas-burning fireplaces are easier to install and require no cleaning. 
They usually create more heat for a lower cost and require less construction or reconstruction to install, making them an attractive alternative to traditional wood-burning indoor fireplaces.

Bio- Fireplace
These types of fireplaces are more about their design than heat. If you need an additional heat generator,  you should probably choose either a gas- or wood-burning fireplace. People do like ethanol fireplaces, as they are easy to install, are environmentally friendly and available in many styles, offering endless design options. Design options include, wall-mounted, room dividers, freestanding or even tabletop units. 

Electric Fireplace
Electric fireplaces are probably the most cost-effective option out of all of the types of fireplaces on the market. Additionally, electric fireplaces are relatively easy to install and you can turn the heating function on or off while maintaining a fireplace-like ambience. Most electric fireplaces include a remote-controlled heater and some even have different varieties of fire effects, which allows total user customisation.

An electric fireplace is available in various models, but popular designs include electric mantel fireplaces or electric fireplace TV stands.

JDW Architects
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