A fireplace not only provides decorative charm and the practical benefit of warmth, but it can also add value to your home. Simply having a fireplace can be a great selling feature, but there is so much more you can do to get the most out of your investment. Fireplace built-ins not only look great, but they offer storage and display option.
The most simple and common fireplace built-in is a simple mantel. Mantels can be sleek and simplistic or more o
rnate and traditional. It’s a great place to display small, decorative items that you don’t want cluttering up the coffee table.
If your fireplace is in a small room, a mantel-only design might be the way to go. If you have a moderate to large space then don’t be afraid to explore more built-in options. Open shelves are the next most simple way to add storage. You could have them run all the way from floor to ceiling or stop level with your mantel to meld the built-ins into the fireplace.
If you need storage that hides clutter, enclose the fireplace built-ins with cabinet doors. Mixing solid doors with glass front doors gives you space to hide the kids’ video games and show off those wedding photos.
Fireplace built-ins are also a great way to continue styles from other parts of the home. Continuing material or molding type found elsewhere helps to create a signature feel to your house. Keep symmetry in mind as you plan out your storage and finishes. Contemporary style rooms lend themselves to asymmetry, with the cabinets being offset to one side of the fireplace. Choosing flush, sleek finishes will also work well with this style. If you have a more traditional style home, go for a symmetrical layout.
Whatever design you choose, it’s important to consider safety when laying out fireplace built-ins. Our experts can help you create a design that is both beautiful and compliant with all building codes and ordinances. Contact us today!