5 Cozy Characteristics For An Indoor Fireplace

Home Builder with Javic Homes

By Lana Bingham

An indoor fireplace can greatly enhance any room. It boosts ambiance as you gather around sipping coffee with guests, nestle in on the couch for a family movie night, or simply cozy up with a great read on a dreary day. Whether your fireplace is wood-burning, gas or electric, or has intricate built-ins or a sleek, simple mantel, nothing sets a home’s mood like a warm, inviting fireplace. Here are 5 great indoor fireplaces designs to consider for a Tampa custom home or Tampa home renovation.

1. Corner: Although this style fireplace adds great depth and character to a room, it requires a little extra wall and floor space which can make furniture placement difficult. With a well-designed floor plan by a new home builder Tampa, this fireplace design can be easily achieved. For homes with limited wall space, this may not be the best choice, but it can certainly liven up a lonely corner in the bedroom or living room.

2. Double-Sided: Double-dipping your fireplace is a great way to enhance atmosphere and warmth in two separate rooms. One fireplace for both your bathroom and bedroom can be quite cozy, as you soak in a Jacuzzi by the fire before heading to your warm bed. Another option is to connect the living and dining rooms with a fireplace, allowing for a comforting meal and after dinner relaxation. A double-sided kitchen fireplace may look alluring, but it might create a little too much heat when cooking.

3. Free-Standing: The main misconception about this type of fireplace is that it can be difficult to incorporate into your home’s design without having it stick out like a sore thumb. Proper placement and room size are important, as a free-standing fireplace can be easily overwhelmed if placed in too large of a room, yet can steal all the attention from a small room. Although the free-standing fireplace doesn’t typically offer any built-in benefits, it can be quite a conversation starter.

4. Traditional: This popular fireplace style is found in many new homes in Tampa. While the fireplace itself is universal in design, the area surrounding it can be used to define its style. You can play around with texture and materials for your mantel, using stone, marble, painted tiles, or brick. Built-ins also work well with this type of fireplace, boosting storage and display areas in your home. A traditional fireplace offers a great focal point in a living or family room, and allows for extra wall space to hang a television or painting.

5. Distinctive: There are a couple other fireplace styles that can’t be easily classified, due to their highly unique design. A faux fireplace is built purely for looks and is usually filled with candles or artistic decor. A Radius Design mobile fireplace is both interesting and convenient, providing a much classier alternative to a mobile heater. A wall-mounted fireplace is a great alternative to a contemporary free-standing option. There are also those fireplaces that are designed to be a work of art, ranging from floor to ceiling hand-carved masterpieces, to a more modern option that fixates on contrasting elements and shapes, like Heat and Glo's rectangular fireplace.

Depending on your home’s size, style and floor plan, one or more of these fireplace designs can make a great addition. Although Floridians may only be able to get a few chilly nights out of their fireplaces, they are a popular option for Tampa custom homes. Whether you reside in a charming cozy cottage or modern mansion, a hearty hearth will heat your home and add great character and style to any room.

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Comments (4)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

That long one in the shape of a rectangle is the first one I have ever seen like that...Very nice

Dec 04, 2012 11:14 PM
Jon Solomon
Javic Homes - Tampa, FL

Yes, it is a very unique style. Heat and Glo is the manufacturer.

Dec 05, 2012 12:43 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


Saw this re-blogged by Tom Arstingstall and I love it!  Great job.  Posting to my face book page to hope get you more exposure!

Dec 09, 2012 02:30 PM
Jon Solomon
Javic Homes - Tampa, FL

Thank you DeeDee, that' always a nice thing to hear!

Dec 09, 2012 10:58 PM