Remodeling a Fireplace
Tired of your Existing Fireplace?
Sometimes having the same look in a room for a long time can become boring and dull. Luckily, there's a way to completely change the look of your room by changing only one aspect or element. A fireplace is often used as the focal point of the room and can have a huge impact on its overall appearance. That said, if you are thinking of changing the look of your room, why not remodel your fireplace.
Remodeling your fireplace can cost a significant amount of money if it's elaborately done, but the rewards will outweigh the costs in the end. Remodeling is a serious decision which must be completely planned out before beginning; otherwise, you will run into problems along the way.
There are a number of things to consider before you begin redoing your fireplace. Depending on the material of your fireplace, you may want to paint over the brick, change the mantel or change the entire look of the fireplace. Do you want to add stone, marble or tile as opposed to the material currently on your fireplace? What about a mirror above the fireplace? These are important decisions you must make and while making these decisions, it's important to ask yourself how much money you are willing to spend. Obviously, replacing the brick with marble is going to cost considerably more than painting over the brick. Some of your preferences may be compromised because of the high cost of materials.
The best way to go about remodeling your fireplace is first by looking in a number of magazines. Choose a number of models which you like and cut out the pictures. Once you have about 5 or 10 cut-outs, sit down and look at the pictures. You will notice common features in all of the pictures you have chosen. These will be the features you're going to want to add to your fireplace.
Once you've decided which features you want to add or change, hire a professional to do the work for you. If you think you possess the skills to do it yourself, go for it, but beware of the potential costs if you ruin your fireplace in the process. Hiring a professional will ensure the work is done specifically to your preferences.
Choose a fireplace style which will reflect your personality and the personality of your family. The average mantel will cost at least a couple of hundred dollars and the cost of replacing the existing materials on your fireplace can be very expensive as well. You're looking at a couple of thousand dollars at the very least. Create a budget and follow through with it, so you won't end up being disappointed with the final results.