Working with so many clients, I have learned that they have very creative ideas. But, the reason they don’t follow through is because they think their ideas are going to be too expensive. When you add the supplies and the hours of labor you are going to pay a contractor, you might have a good reason.
But, a ventless fireplace can be as creative as your imagination can go and it won’t cost as much as you think. You’ll need a few supplies. But if you learn a few tricks of the trade, you can do it yourself in no time.
Just about anything can be covered up with a faux finish. If you want a fireplace in the living room, you don’t have to hire a contractor to bang out the walls and mess up your floors for the hearth and chimney. You can build yourself a wood frame that you can either put up against the wall or attach it to the wall. Then, finish the look with a faux finish.
A hearth can be built in as little as four pieces of wood. Top, front and two sides are all you really need if you are going to push it up against the wall. Then, a stone or brick faux finish brings it to life. A simple project that takes about an hour and you have your hearth. Place a ventless fireplace on top and you have your fireplace. You can also make it easier by building the fireplace with the same material as the hearth and placing a fireplace insert inside.
A chimney doesn’t have to be real either. A square brick chimney can finish the look in the living room with just a few pieces of wood and faux brick. But, you can really get creative here. You can have a marble chimney as well as a stone. Go contemporary with mirrors. It’s all just what your creativity can dream.
The structure doesn’t necessarily have to be made from just a few pieces of wood. I just think that happens to be the easiest and the most cost effective approach. If you learn, you can build yourself a brick structure anywhere in your home. But, I would try an outside fireplace first and get a feel for brick and mortar. Once you have that down, come inside.
You don’t have to build an entire chimney that jets through the roof. You can build the hearth and chimney just on the inside of the house without any structural damage or too much mess. Just in case, drop some drop cloth and take your time. You can do it! Save yourself time and money and do it for yourself.
When we think home improvement, most people think of money. While others are thinking about the work and the time, the rest of us just want to know the bottom line. You can reduce the bottom line easily by doing your projects yourself and working your way through what you are going to do before you get started.