With cooler temperatures right around the corner, it’s never been a better time to install a fire feature in your home. The warmth and comfort that fire provides just scratches the surface of these awesome additions. Add value and personality to any space with a simple fire feature upgrade using natural stone. Depending on design wants and functional needs, it could end up paying for itself in the long run.
Decide On A Budget And Look
With any project, decking on a budget and set design plan are the first steps. Come to terms with what you absolutely need versus what you want. If a sleek and modern look is what you’re going for, try finding slabs that match that look without breaking the bank.
Many people love a more traditional look of a chimney (even if it is not actually there). There are plenty of natural stone options to get this look across as well. Although some plans may require more square footage than others, natural stone is a great option all-around. In terms of budget, granite and certain varieties of marble will be the most cost effective.
Consider Indoor Or Outdoor Accommodations
This one goes without saying, but deciding on whether the fire feature will go outdoors or indoors is a huge consideration. For those that would like to install it outside, there are a few more things to keep in mind. If the stone will be exposed to the elements, it’s important to seal the slab or choose one that’s built for a life outdoors.
Many people install these fire features as strictly design accents. If that’s the case, then it may not be as important to strategically plan out where it’ll be. For others who hope to use these features, installing a seating area nearby for easy access is a good plan.
For indoor fire features, be sure that the addition is not too close to any flammable objects but not too far to not feel its effects. Fire feature installations can completely transform a space, be sure to put a lot of thought behind it.
Best Slabs For Fire Features
Typically, granite and marble are our customer favorites for fire features. While quartzite is the most durable option for things like countertops, it is not recommended for areas with exposure to heat.
Marble is beloved across the world for its many beautiful and functional qualities. Marble bathrooms are some of the best for their elegance and ability to withstand everyday occurrences. For fireplaces, marble tends to be a popular option given their natural resistance and clean look. For a modern and sleek design, marble is the way to go.
Granite is another very popular option for fire features. Especially for those who would like to place these additions outdoors, granite offers the best all-around product. Not to mention, it is usually the least expensive. Granite also has a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from to really make the feature your own. For those hoping to achieve more personality in their designs, look no further than granite to get the job done.