It may come as some surprise to folks living in cold countries but building a fireplace in tropical homes where it's always hot, is becoming more and more popular with each passing year. As no one is warming their cockles by the flames, then it doesn't take much working out that these constructions are for ornamental purposes only, and by heck there are some grand designs in the homes of South East Asia.
For those of us that have to endure the icy chill of winter, building a fireplace is for both decorative and practical. Let's face it, there's nothing quite as cozy than a roaring fire, in the middle of winter time. Although few people look for a working fireplace when they are buying a house, in truth having one greatly increase your quality of life. Unfortunately, many people do not have fireplaces, and find the cost of having one installed to be prohibitive. It does not occur to them that building a fireplace is really within the means of any person, if they are willing to take the time to learn the proper procedure and get the right tools for the job.
In the first place, you can get information on how to build a fireplace practically anywhere. From Google to self-help books at your local library to any decent sized bookstore, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are just looking to build a fireplace mantle, or you need to install the whole fireplace, there will be plans for your project readily available. But, of course, plans are one thing, tools are another. Fortunately, for building a fireplace or any other home improvement project, there are tool lending libraries in almost every city nowadays. You can use these to borrow, usually for free, anything you need to build a fireplace.
I haven't met one single person that said building a fireplace in their home was something they regretted. On the contrary, everyone agrees that a well designed fireplace has enhanced their living rooms beyond all recognition. It's focal, it's ornamental, and if you want, it can be functional too. This is why we're now building a fireplace for our family home.
Of course, the most difficult thing about building a fireplace is the actual building part. If you have never done a major construction job on your home before, the first time can be rather intimidating. If you are just fixing your bike, say, and you make a mistake, it is easy to go back and redo anything that you might need to.
If you are building a fireplace, It can be much more of a problem. If, for example, you cut a whole in the wall that is too big for building a fireplace, you will have to redo the whole project. Either you will need to build a bigger fireplace, or you will have to fill in the gap with extra bricks, either of which will make much more work for you, and possibly not look quite as good. This is why the very most important thing is to take your time when building a fireplace.
Before you take any step, try it out in miniature to make sure that you understand it. Lay a few bricks before you begin laying the actual fireplace, for example. That way, you can work out any kinks before they complicate or even ruin your project.
Failing the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) approach, you can always get a qualified builder in to do the work for you. When you think about it, this is very good value for money as you new fireplace will be there until the end of time, which is more than we can say when we pay to have a room decorated.