Some of our clients are purists when it comes to fireplaces-wood burning or nothing at all. That’s fine, we love wood-burning fireplaces. Most often there is a mix of fireplaces in the homes we design, some wood burning, and some gas.
I have an old home, the core of which was built from about 1790 to the 1860s. We have 4 wood-burning fireplaces and I am just not comfortable going to sleep with fire (or embers) burning in my master bedroom fireplace. Other reasons to have a mix of gas and wood fireplaces are the need to store firewood, dispose of ashes, and the fact that sometimes you just want the ambiance at a moment’s notice.
We often design gas fireplaces so they could be converted to burn wood easily if the homeowners ever changed their minds. That rarely happens since over the years the look of a gas fireplace has improved to the point that some people can’t tell the difference.
Photographer: Rob Karosis