The glimpse of fall rain had me (sort of) longing for cozy fireside reads with tea so it seemed fitting to take a peak through some of our past fireplace installations. Second to the kitchen, the living/family room is likely the most used room in the home; it must ooze warmth and invitation. It’s where the chats are had, the hockey games are watched, and moments are made. Whether the room suits a crisp concrete hearth and mantel or warm coastal stone and shiplap, it is a space meant to reveal much of the home’s identity. The mantle could be a piece of reclaimed lumber from travels or material harvested during the re-build of the home. When designing these features some considerations must be taken such as: the size of the room compared to the heat output on the unit; whether you want a TV above (mantle height matters here); whether you need a heat shift to disperse some of the heat; does a hearth make sense; or something as simple as where will the stockings hang? There are also the safety considerations such as combustible surfaces, venting, and mantel heights. This is where our expert trade crew comes in. The options are endless with this one focal point in your home.