New Homes with Fireplaces Hits 23 Year Low

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Fireplaces Disappearing in Today's New Homes

Fireplaces can be practical, as a backup source for heating when there's no electricity or gas.

Fireplaces can be romantic, as a cozy gathering place on a wintery evening.

But for close to the majority of new homeowners, fireplaces aren't even in the picture.

According to the Census Bureau, the number of new homes built without a fireplace reached 49% in 2009, the highest percentage since 1975. 

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In 1990, 66% of new homes included a fireplace. After that, the trend began to shift away from fireplaces.  The graph shows the trend since 1995.

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 What could be causing the decline in the number of fireplaces?

- Cost:  a typical fireplace can add in the range of $1500-$3000 to the price of a new home.

- Governmental Restrictions: Some counties restrict fireplaces. Others prohibit wood burning fireplaces, eliminating the possibility of a backup heating source independent of utilities.

- Social media and entertainment emphasis: changing lifestyles

People who choose to have a fireplace in today's new homes usually choose to emphasize it as a focal point.  They really want the warmth it can bring into a home, and they are careful to choose a community where fireplaces are allowed - and wood logs or gas fuels are easy to come by.

Stanton Homes will walk you through the options, when you're ready to choose whether you'd like a fireplace, or prefer a home where other amenities are emphasized.


Read more about Raleigh New Home Fireplace Styles and Trends:

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Types of Fireplace Mantles and Surrounds

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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


We are seeing this in CA. Your commentary on the reasons for decline are very applicable here as well.


Feb 23, 2011 03:33 AM #1
Bill Laundon
Apex Cary Insurance - Fuquay Varina, NC

Good info Penny. It seems this is a cyclical event & may reverse soon. Thanks for the info.

Feb 25, 2011 02:08 PM #2
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

I'm shocked!  Could it be the cost of the unit plus installation?

Mar 02, 2011 11:08 AM #3
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Steve - It does seem to make more sense to include a fireplace in a cold climate than a warm one.

Bill - definitely can see some patterns in the numbers of fireplaces being included by year.

Kenneth - We include a fireplace in every home, unless the buyer decides to eliminate it.   On the other hand, if you're never going to use a fireplace, does it make sense to pay for one?  Just one more thing to think about when buying a home!

Mar 04, 2011 05:57 AM #4
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