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The Comfort Of A Fireplace Soothes The Soul

Jan 16, 2008
It has been many years since the majority of homes have had to depend on the use of a fireplace for heating. In past years it was the main source of heating and many times cooking as well.

Today we have a variety of ways to heat our homes including, gas, electricity, and even solar options. Even with all these other options there is still something about a fire place that is appealing to have around.

A fire place not only adds a useful element to a home but also has a decorative quality unlike any other. Not only are they useful for warmth and to look at, they provide us with a comfort that can only be likened to our mother's chicken soup or warm mittens.

There is nothing we enjoy more on a cold winter day than snuggling up in front of a fireplace. It is also one of the most romantic ways for a couple to spend time together.

A fire place is a feature that many home buyers want to have whether it is really needed or not. In the average older home, one of the most common ways to surround a fireplace was to use brick.

This was mainly because it was fairly inexpensive and is very durable. In more expensive older homes you might be more likely to find a fire place surround made of marble or some other natural stone.

In the newer homes being built today, it is almost always a natural stone product that will be used for the fire place surround. Natural stone has been very popular in recent years not only for fire places, but many other elements in a home too.

Travertine, granite, sandstone, and many stones are used for interior and exterior home decoration and construction. If the home is a less expensive one, sometimes a faux stone material might be used to provide the same sort of look that is so much desired.

For those who live in older homes, much remodeling is being done using natural stones, fire places included. This gives their homes a more updated look as well as adding real value to a home's appraisal when they use real natural stone products.

It is always a good idea to hire a professional contractor to install stone surfaces on a more complicated feature like a fire place surround, unless you have some prior experience your self.
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Dror Klar is an advocate and writer about top quality Jerusalem Stone and Granite. learn more about his sites
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