Stone Fireplace with Gas Insert
Stone Fireplace with Gas Insert

Notice! Fireplace inserts can look just as amazing as masonry fireplaces!

Anyone reading my blog has come to know that I love a faithful wood burning fireplace. But, sometimes it simply isn’t possible to build one into every house. There are weight and foundation issues, size limitations and frankly, some folks just don’t want to deal with the inevitable mess that comes along with a real fire.

So…let’s say you don’t have room for a wood box. You don’t want to clean up a bit of ash here and there. Then, you might consider a fireplace insert to give the same warmth and beauty to your Great Room without the mess.

My commitment in any and every home built by Alway Homes is this: Every fireplace, be it an insert or masonry, will be built deliberately and with purpose and beauty.

First step: Install an elegant (or beefy) mantel. Always.

Second step: Take the surround vertical. If you can, take a Great Room fireplace all the way to the ceiling.

Third step: Use real material.

Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon

In this Bend, Oregon home, we didn’t have the space for a masonry fireplace. And, the design called for a simple, elegant solution. Still, with the peaked ceiling, I choose to go vertical with the surround.

Detailed Den room by Alway Homes.
Detailed Den room by Alway Homes.

Lastly, I use this above Den Room, as an example of an elegant fireplace insert solution in a $300,000 home in Salem, Oregon. You can buy a pre-designed surround at many fireplace outlets/stores, with scrollwork and fluting. We’ve paired this pre-made fireplace surround with reclaimed barnwood flooring, hand-textured walls, and ceiling beam work. Altogether, this less expensive option works out to create a fantastically rich and masculine room that would look great in any priced home.

Please visit one of my homes in Salem or Bend, Oregon! There are plenty more things to talk about when it comes to building, and customs are my thing 🙂

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