New Home has no Fireplace!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Select

A lot of times when you go to look at new construction, you may be looking at a home that is partially completed and not notice some things. 

This was the case when we recently went to look at a new floorplan in Jenks, we did not notice that there was no fireplace  designed into this 2,000 square foot home!  We talked to the lady at the design center and she suggested a few places where we could have a fireplace built which we are considering.

The case for not adding fireplaces is that with the current trend toward tighter energy efficient homes, the fireplace as a functional element is almost obsolete because they are inefficient.  A lot of the modern ventless gas fireplaces are merely inserts and don't serve much more than a symbollic purpose.   

As a symbol, however, the fireplace is very important as a gathering place for the family and friends.  My feeling is that a home without a fireplace is going to seriously limit the number of people who would consider it when it comes time to sell.  It's quite possible that ten years down the road, homes with no fireplace will become quite acceptable, but I don't think we are there.  A house designed with no fireplace just resonates with cutting corners and cheapness.

With the current concerted effort to be more green and energy efficient, is the fireplace being revealed as an iconic dinosaur of the past?



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Comments (7)

Geoff ONeill
John L. Scott Medford - Medford, OR

I have buyers right now that will not look at homes without a fireplace.  Gas is ok.  Leaving it out is a sign of a cheap home. 

Feb 16, 2010 06:42 AM
Sarah Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
Love Being Realtor® in the Nashville TN Area!

I love a fireplace with a vent-less gas logs.  They are warm, efficient, and the chimney is sealed off to prevent future maintenance issues. 

I HATE selling a condo or house, that is a few years old, with a fireplace and chimney.  Inspection issues with a chimney can sometimes kill the deal.

I don't think we are there yet, either, to leave the fireplace totally out.


Feb 16, 2010 06:50 AM
Peter Tamura
Coldwell Banker Select - Tulsa, OK

Hi Geoff and Sarah & John, thanks for your comments.

Aha, I will use this as evidence when I go and talk to the builder and maybe he will quit building them like that!

Feb 16, 2010 07:33 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Peter, I remember how i felt about gas log inserts. I wanted every home to have a wood buring one. I got over that, especially when I discovered like many of us that it is incredibly energy inefficient. Now I still want that symbolic closed system because it still acts as a focal point for room placement.

Feb 20, 2010 12:45 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Here in our local market of Northern Virginia, we are seeing more new construction that doesn't include the fireplace, in many homes replaced by the prominent flat screen television.  From our personal experience, the kitchen has become the main gathering point, especially when entertaining.

Mar 09, 2010 02:34 AM

there is always a possibility to install a ventless fireplace if house don't have chimney. there are many solutions for people who want a fireplace in theirs houses designed with no fireplace.

Nov 16, 2010 09:38 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Many of my clients don't ever use a fireplace even if they have them. I think, here in CA we love more outdoor fireplaces.

Nov 20, 2014 05:17 PM