Our family has always enjoyed hanging out in the family room, gathered around the fireplace. We have always had gas fireplaces but we considered having a traditional fireplace in the new house. In fact, I was hoping to have a traditional wood-burning fireplace so we could take advantage of all the free firewood we have on the property. For a variety of reasons, we ended up deciding on installing a direct vent fireplace. Three of the main reasons for this decision were:
- The location of the fireplace is over the daylight basement doors and a traditional fireplace with a chimney would require the bricks to go all the way to the ground level. The chimney would have blocked 2 of the basement french doors and reduced the natural light in the basement.
- Indoor air quality is important to us and one of the benefits of a direct vent fireplace is that the heat stays inside but the bad air goes outside.
- The direct vent fireplace can be turned on with the flick of a switch. It’s pretty awesome to decide you would like a fire and then have one going two seconds later.
Here are some pictures of the fireplace installed in our family room:
The marble surround is sold by Daltile and is called “Silver Screen (Split Face) M744“.
If you have any questions about the fireplace or the surround, just leave a reply and we will do our best to provide you any specifics requested.
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