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Fireplaces: a Great Addition Becomes Less Expensive

Posted December 15th, 2008 under renovations and repairs.

A fireplace makes a great addition to a home because of the feeling of coziness and warmth it creates.

In the past, it was very costly to add a wood-burning fireplace, whether it was with a brick chimney or a zero-clearance metal chimney. Gas fireplaces had to have a 'B' vent (a double-lined metal vent preventing the heat of the gases from creating a fire hazard).

However, technology has advanced, and now that direct venting has become the method of choice, you can have a gas fireplace installed at a very reasonable cost. (Instead of using a chimney, which is expensive to construct, direct venting goes straight through the wall to a small boxed-in vent on the outside.) With many designer mantles to choose from, there is a great range of looks and prices. Plus, because a fireplace adds to the desirability of your home, you can expect to have a good return on your investment.

Got questions about fireplaces and their value? Just ask me, I'll be happy to help.

--Peter

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