When the snow starts flying and the temperatures drop, is when us Minnesotans usually seek warm, cozy and comfortable inside spaces. As we all well know by now, the winters here can be long, and by mid-January we are all probably going a little stir-crazy. Installing or updating a fireplace space for you and your loved ones as a place to congregate and entertain, or read a book and have a cup of hot tea, or to just simply escape from the day-to-day, is an invaluable asset

No matter the size of your space or your budget, there are many options for creating or updating a natural heat source.

A Fireplace Facelift

A fireplace is one of the most time-tested home essentials, but even something tried and true needs a facelift from time to time. Depending on the style of your home, there are endless options for updating. It can be as simple as adding adding a new tile or trim border, but if you’re looking to go a bit further, making the fireplace the centerpiece of your living room is a great option. It can draw the attention and energy of your family and guests, and be a central area of congregation – warm, stylish and glowing. Some styles we love are a natural stone surrounds, addition of thick antique trims, and use of refurbished wood, or sleek, contemporary tiles. If you have a gas fireplace, there are other options such as raising the fireplace off the floor to waist level or creating an elongated fireplace area, both of which will have a focal point effect on the room.

Make it a Room Addition

A large family room with kids toys, a basic couch and a TV is often begging for a cozy and glowing fireplace addition. It can be a great place for the family and friends to gather around for entertaining or the holidays. It can also be a place where you go to relax and unwind in front of after a long day. An inset gas fireplace can be easy to install, and we can make it your own with many different options for styling, surround and hearth options.

Make it one for Entertaining

Often when entertaining large groups of people, they will separate in to smaller social groups and mingle around the house. They usually move from the entryway to the kitchen, and then back around to the living room where they largely settle in for the evening of entertaining you have planned. People are naturally drawn to warmth and a fireplace – it is a great central meeting spot for all your guests and the ambiance it adds to your home is priceless.

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