What is more appealing and welcoming than walking into a room and finding an open fire roaring away? It’s both a source of warmth and comfort, and in front of a hearth is also a great focal point. It’s somewhere the whole family can gather, or somewhere to relax and enjoy a glass of wine – or two! – at the end of a long day.
The type of fireplace you choose for your home is important. Not only does it make a statement about your personal living style, but it can also transform your whole living space. For example, a double-sided fireplace – one that is installed between two rooms or spaces so that the fire is accessible in each – is an incredibly flexible addition to a home as it provides a focal point for two rooms for a single cost. It can also reduce your energy consumption and cut fuel bills if you live in an area that experiences cold winters, and so requires regular heating.
So, if you’re thinking of renovating your house, or even building one from scratch, read on for some ideas about how a double-sided fireplace might enhance your house or apartment.
Inside and out
Installing a back-to-back fireplace (similar to a double-sided fireplace in that they share the same enclosure and chimney space, but have a partition to create two different fireplaces) so that it opens from an interior room, like a kitchen or lounge, to an exterior space, like a balcony or garden, has many advantages. Not only does it create consistency between your indoor and outdoor spaces, but it also means that you can still enjoy dining outdoors in the evening as temperatures start to drop. This will extend the months you are able to enjoy your garden if you live in an area that experiences chilly winters. It’s also great for parties in the cooler months.
Create different ‘zones’ in open-plan living spaces
Open plan designs have become increasingly popular for apartments and houses. While it offers great opportunities for space and flexibility of use, this kind of planning does have some drawbacks in the domestic setting. Vast open spaces, often rectangular in shape, can be easily chilled, which is definitely not something you want to come home to.
A good solution is to cleverly use furniture like tall, stand-alone bookcases or room dividers to ‘create’ partial walls indicating where one area ends and another begins.
A double-sided fireplace is ideal for this role. It is particularly effective where, for example, a kitchen and sitting area needs to be separated from the bedroom in an apartment. A double-sided fireplace, built into a room divider, is a good way to ‘break’ the space. And who wouldn’t want a fire in their lounge and bedroom!
You could even use contrasting wall ‘textures’ on the different sides of the divider to further emphasise the change of use, such as by using beautiful exposed terracotta coloured bricks on the ‘living’ side and a render in a neutral, calming shade on the ‘sleeping side’.
Save money and space
Installing a double-sided fireplace could help you heat your home more efficiently and also save you money. How, you may ask? If you often find yourself turning on the central heating but actually only using one room or two rooms of the house, then a double-sided fire gives you the option of heating at least two spaces without having to heat your whole home.
And if you’re pressed for space, a double-sided fireplace is definitely something to think about. As the fire sits ‘between’ two walls, the surround usually intrudes into each room a little less than more traditional ‘fix to the wall’ fireplace designs.
Savvy home developers are increasingly using double-sided fireplaces not just to generate warmth but also to give their homes a real ‘wow’ factor, so why not contact the professionals at Jetmaster today to see if a double-sided fireplace is right for you?