Even though this bungalow was built in 1920 it did not have a fireplace in the main living space. My client really wanted to have a one that her family could enjoy during those Michigan winters and since we definitely had the wall space, we decided add one. This post will give you the basics on how to build a new fireplace and share the impact this addition made to our State St. Bungalow living room.
Nuts & Bolts
What to Consider When Adding A Fireplace
When you’re deciding how to build a new fireplace there are a few things to keep in mind. For a wood burning fireplace, you need to choose an outfacing perimeter wall so that you can accommodate the addition of a chimney.
The easiest fireplace to install is a Direct Vent Gas Fireplace. You still need wall space that is on an exterior wall to be able to do so, but this can be directly vented to the outside.The best way to figure out what fireplace works best for you is to consult with a local licensed contractor in your area. They will know all your local building codes and regulations when adding a wood or gas fireplace. Your licensed contractor will also be able to help you decide best location and budget.
Designing the Look
I decided to bump out the fireplace to allow for room to recess the TV into the framing– this gives us a very clean modern look. My client wanted a minimal reveal that surrounded the beautiful glass and since we were making that modern farmhouse statement throughout home, I went with shiplap top to bottom with a frameless gas fireplace. This spoke modern with an urban cottage appeal.
I had a custom reclaimed wood mantel made that went the entire length of the fireplace to really pull in the full size of this new added gem. To add some vintage charisma to the room, I added brick to the rest of the wall. It gave the fireplace an amazing backdrop and it really pulled in the white shiplap surround.
Other Living Room Updates
This room needed light and since this home was older and ceilings were not as high, I had my electrician add flush can lights to the room to the sightline clear. We resurfaced the hardwood floors throughout which were a dark maple honey color. Now they are a light grey beauty! The living room was open to the hallway that led to the new main level bath, master and guest bedroom. For more privacy we added a large white barn door which became an eye-catching statement. For furnishings and décor, I added a white slipcovered sectional from Pottery Barn, an oversized coffee table from Restoration Hardware, and fun large cow print from Houzz.
What a transformation, this room now really feels warm and inviting and you want to curl up next to the fireplace with a cup of coco and a good flick! Stay tuned for more of our renovations!
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