Fireside Corner • by Michele Kadwell-Chalmers

Cottage Country Connection

Each month Michele answers your questions, or chooses her own topic about fireplaces, wood stoves, outdoor fire pits  & proper usage of these appliances.

QUESTION: Where is the best place to locate my new fireplace?

ANSWER: I get asked this question quite often & it’s a good one.

In new construction or renovation, locating a fireplace in the primary living space such as family room, living room or kitchen is most common.  An open concept plan allows an efficient fireplace to provide most of the heat in the living space where you spend the majority of your time. This is called zone heating, and can save you money by allowing you to lower the thermostat for your home while still enjoying a warm, cozy feeling in the area where everyone is gathered. Installation inside the envelope of the home is best and ideally located on an exterior wall for simplicity in…

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