A fireplace in a finished basement is a sure way to make your space warm and inviting. A fireplace can be the focal point of the basement and add a modern, classic or rustic touch to the space. When it comes to fireplaces, just like any other design element, the choices are endless. The most popular options for a basement fireplace are direct vent gas or ventless electric.
Gas or Electric Fireplace?
Gas fireplaces will provide a little more ambiance than an electric unit. The fire is real and works like a gas oven, with the burner hidden by ceramic logs that spread the fire and make it look like a real wood fire.
A gas fireplace needs at least 20″ of depth inside an exterior wall to allow for the depth of the unit and ventilation. Gas fireplace units are more costly and also require the services of a licensed gas technician to connect the gas line and build a vent.
Electric units have a lot going for them. They are energy efficient and do not release any pollution into the air, do not require a gas line, vent or extra depth. Some models work like a space heater but are much safer and have a nice, lifelike flame. They are safe for kids and pets; they are cool to the touch because the heating element is tucked inside the unit, while a blower forces the warmed air out into the room. Electric fireplaces can be installed on interior walls of the basement as well as exterior as they do not require venting.
What about style?
Whether you are going with a classic or a modern look for your fireplace, the design choices are endless. Imitation wood logs, pebbles, river rocks and glass rocks can all be added to get that special look that works with your vision for the space.
The wall surrounding the fireplace can really enhance your basement. You can add a rustic wood mantle to display art work, hang a TV above the fireplace or cover the wall with stone, tile, mosaic, wood, marble or any other surface material.
Whatever your needs and budget are for your basement finishing project. HTR Basement Finishing Experts and designers will work with you every step of the way to make sure the fireplace you choose works with your vision of the basement.