A Fireplace: When You Want to Have One or Not

A Fireplace: When You Want to Have One or Not
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    All it takes to have all the advantages of a fireplace and chimney is some basic materials and a creative imagination.

    All it takes is some red brick, some finish grade wood, and a miter saw or miter box, and you're as good as...

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There are times of the year when a fireplace is almost an essential. Be honest: the last home that you lived in that didn’t have a fireplace, you probably felt a little deprived when it came time for Christmas, right? After all, when was the last time you felt like hanging your stockings from the washer/dryer?

What most people don’t realize is that even if they don’t have a fireplace it doesn’t mean that they can’t hang their stockings from one. All it takes to have all the advantages of a fireplace and chimney is some basic materials and a creative imagination.

You are looking at some red brick, some finish grade wood, and a miter saw or miter box, and you’re as good as roasting chestnuts over an open fire.

Placing your fireplace…

First, find a wall in your home that you think would make a nice focal point for your room. After that, measure off an area where you would like your new fireplace. It usually works best to create some kind of drawn plan for your design since this will give you something to attach your dimensions to as you measure. As you consider those dimensions, make sure you project all of the intended uses of your fireplace to accommodate everything. For example, if you plan to hang Christmas stockings or lights on your fireplace, you should make sure there is some kind of edge that can be used to insert nails or hooks for hanging.

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Now design your fireplace.

Put together your brickwork (or use contact paper that looks like brickwork) and build your verticals on either side of your fireplace. Next, create a nice mantel that is deep enough that you can put nicknacks on as well as decorations for the holiday. You should also make it wide enough that you could use the area above it for a big screen or a picture or painting. Now, using finishing nails or hot glue, assemble all of the pieces. It’s usually best to paint the wooden parts of your fireplace after you have assembled the complete piece so that you can cover any dings and imperfections in the piece when you are finished building it.

You can’t burn a fire in your fireplace, and most certainly Santa won’t be able to use it, but this one will make a great substitute for the real thing when it comes time for Christmas morning.

Home Improvement reference:

Livng Room Fireplace

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