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The most popular stones for fireplace designs are limestone and marble. Fireplace hearths are normally made of a dark stone such as basalt to prevent staining caused by coals falling out of the fire.
With polished timber floors dark fireplace hearths such as basalt look best.
It is often appropriate to use a fireplace design that is not of the period of the house when the house is being extended – the extension of the average Victorian house often calls for a stone or marble fireplace design of a more contemporary style. Many Neoclassical fireplace designs in stone or marble sit comfortably within a more modern setting.
A site visit (where possible) and a scaled drawing of the proposed fireplace, or perhaps fireplaces, are all part of the design process.
Packing and freight of fireplaces can be arranged for interstate and overseas clients. Where possible it is advisable to order your fireplace several months in advance as the materials or the fireplace itself may require shipping from overseas.
It is often advisable to organize a site visit early in the construction process as this may result in reduced costs and allow you to achieve the best end result for your choice of fireplace. Consideration of the placement of the combustion unit is required to ensure that the ‘look’ you are after is achieved and is not derailed by the whim of the bricklayer or builder.
With open wood fireplaces use a fire screen to prevent accidents from flying sparks. An open wood fireplace requires constant supervision for safety and to ensure optimum combustion and regulation of the flames.
The fireplace, the fireplace hearth and the immediate surrounding area need to be constructed from fireproof or fire-resistant materials – eg. marble & stone
To satisfy fire safety requirements for both open wood fireplaces and gas fireplaces, it is advisable to consult your council regarding the relevant regulations and a fireplace specialist or manufacturer.
The Mouth or Opening of the Gas or Wood Fireplace is where the combustion takes place. With fireplace design, consideration must be given to its size and placement because of the effect of these factors have on the radiation of heat.
It is important to discuss with your architect the volume of the room to be heated and the dimensions of the opening and the size of the chimney shaft if it is to be an open wood fireplace. If it is to be a gas fireplace, then consult with the manufacturer – these will normally be able to provide data sheets with all the relevant details.
The placement of the gas or wood fireplace also has significant consequences for the spatial organization of the room. It is recommend to discuss with your architect or builder for guidance.
Yes. Gas fireplaces are not only economical but also alleviate the need to provide the space for wood storage required for an open wood fireplace.
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Gas fireplaces lack the fumes of an open wood fireplace and avoid the need for constant supervision. Some units are sealed units with the flames behind glass doors. What they lack from an aesthetic point of view is thought to be counterbalanced by their increased efficiency.