A Fireplace Can Warm Your Heart and Decor – in Addition to the Interior or Exterior!
As winter settles in and the temperatures drop, there's nothing quite like a cozy fireplace to warm your home and lift your spirits. If you're planning to build a new home, adding a sleek fireplace design to your new home plans not only enhances the look of any room but also adds a sense of warmth and welcome. To give you a few ideas, here are a few current hot fireplace trends in new home design plans.
Stone has been a popular choise for fireplaces for centuries. Today many architects are using natural stone from the region in which the home is being built. Stone enhances any style of house plan, and adds the old-world character of cobblestone, drawing the eye to the texture and color of the stones.
Stone in a fireplace makes a strong impression, especially when it soars to the ceiling in a great room (Plan #153-1781).
For open-concept new home plans, a great way to add a bit of separation is with a corner fireplace—not “in” a corner, but “as” a corner—a dual-facing fireplace forming a 90-degree corner as part of a wall separating two spaces. This is not only a creative way to install a fireplace in a space that presents its own challenges, but also a way to add interest adds to the layout while enabling adjacent spaces to enjoy the view.
BREAKING UP THE SPACE Another popular way to enhance an open-concept modern layout is with a dual-sided fireplace or an open fireplace. A dual fireplace built into a diving wall, for example, can provide a bit of separation between a great room and a kitchen, while an open fireplace offers a warm centerpiece to the room, adding interest while bringing a sense of connection to open spaces. These fireplaces can provide drama in your decor, especially in homes with high ceilings.
The fireplace in this open plan can be seen from both sides and provides a dramatic focal point (Plan #161-1048).
THE “LONG” LOOK Longer, rectangular fireplaces (narrow in height, longer in length) are increasingly popular these days for modern home designs. Best suited for gas fireplaces, this sleek, “long” look can go a long way toward adding ambience to a living room (or romance to a bedroom space). An elongated fireplace can be a great look with stone, concrete or polished surfaces, if you have the wall space to accommodate one.
Set at the same height as the handsome wainscoting, the fireplace in this comfortable family room allows room for a TV above it (Plan #109-1191).
NOW WE'RE COOKING A surprising new fireplace trend actually harks back to ancient times: a wood-burning kitchen fireplace that can also be used for cooking! With wood ovens increasingly in vogue these days, this fireplace can be set at a convenient height for cooking over the fire, and can create a warm, intimate feel for any eat-in kitchen. Depending on the design of your home, a dual-sided design can also add ambience to the family room or living room on the other side of the wall.
One cannot miss one of today's latest trends - called "Outdoor Living" - where people are adding a cozy fireplace outside of their home.
This Florida style house plan (#107-1015) actually features an entire fireplace wall (left) outdoors also features unique outdoor BBQ area with a pizza oven that is flanked by spectacular cascading waterfalls.
Of course, you should always take safety precautions when building a fireplace into your home, so whatever type of fireplace you choose, make sure to have it installed by a licensed professional. For a wide range of current new home plans that can accommodate fireplaces, visit The Plan Collection.
NOTE: The lead image is from a four-bedroom, two-bath European-styple home plan. To view, click here: Plan #153-1750