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Home Improvement  /  December 22, 2015

Fireplace Upgrade Ideas

Who doesn’t enjoy gathering around a warm fireplace to pass the time? Fireplaces are often seen as functional, but they can also be beautiful showpieces if you put in a little effort and time. Here are some ideas to remodel your average fireplace into a great one, from your friends at Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie.

Switch To Gas

If you burn wood or composite logs in your fireplace, then consider switching over to gas. The switch to gas will save you money on having to constantly buy fire fuel, and it will also give you a uniform fire every time. Gas is convenient because all you need to do to get a fire is flick a switch. This eliminates the need to get the kindling lit, poke at the kindling until it catches the logs on fire and then poking the logs to keep them burning.

Another advantage of converting your fireplace to gas is that you can start to use your fireplace as a reliable heat source for your home. Logs burn unevenly, and it can be difficult to get your log burning fireplace to create a comfortable temperature for an appreciable amount of time. But gas fireplaces burn evenly, and can create a reliable stream of heat that allows you to turn down the furnace.

Call on Us to Install New Glass Doors

The doors you have now on your fireplace protect your home from embers, and allow you to enjoy the look and feel of your fire. But if you were to call Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie to replace those old glass doors with decorative glass doors, you would create an entirely new look for your fireplace!

Decorative fireplace doors are still rated to protect your home from embers, but they will also give a unique look when the fire is roaring behind them. You can completely change the presentation of your fireplace by having new decorative glass doors installed.

Add Some Color

The wall surrounding the hearth of your fireplace is known as the jamb. Many people have a jamb that is made of brick or granite. To add some color to your fireplace, consider redoing your jamb with colorful tile. Be sure to use tile that is rated for high temperatures, and be careful to use high quality installation materials as well.

You can use small tiles to create a pattern on either side of your jamb, or you can use larger panels to create bold colors. Spend some time research tile fireplace jambs and you will find good ideas that you can use in your own home.

Make A Decorative Mantel

Some fireplaces have functional mantels that are great places to put up family pictures, but do not offer any character to the fireplace. If you want to upgrade your fireplace to something that really stands out, then consider getting a custom mantel.

You can make your own custom mantel by using pre-cut decorative crown molding and a sturdy shelf board. Your other option is to call the experts at Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie to make you a fireplace mantel that you will want to show off to everyone.

Your fireplace can and should be one of the focal points of your home. With some good ideas from the pros at Handyman Connection of Eden Prairie, you can have a fireplace that warms both your home and your heart.

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