Fireplaces are one of the best features a house can have. When the winter?s cold hits, there is no feeling better than enjoying a savory cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire, not to mention the fact that, during Christmas holidays, fireplaces make the best spots for family gatherings. However, if you want your living room not only to benefit from the light and warmth of a fireplace, but also from an homogenous decor, then you need to find the right stone fireplace to go with your living. Fireplace designs vary widely, but before you even start thinking about designs and materials, you need to make sure your home is suitable to have an wood burning unit, which means you need to have your chimney inspected and cleaned and, if need be, repaired. There are several chimney repair Ottawa companies, so your options are not limited, but you should carefully research the market and compare alternatives in order to find a professional and reliable provider, such as Integrity Masonry, a company that services the entire Ottawa Valley region.


There are two basic aspects that you need to consider before investing in a stone fireplace: first, the heating functionality of the unit and second, the overall aesthetic of the fireplace in the living room. If you want the fireplace to be the primary source of heat, then a wood burning unit is what you need, but keep in mind that these require a masonry chimney to be built or, if you already have one, this needs inspection and required repairs, as mentioned above. In fact, it would be wise to discuss the length of repairs required, as well as the costs with a chimney repair Ottawa company before deciding to invest in such a fireplace. Stone is one of the most common materials used for wood burning fireplaces, as the designs are absolutely impressive. There is also a wide variety of choices within this category as well and you can choose from marble, ceramic tile, slate or limestone fireplaces. As you can imagine, marble fireplaces are more appropriate in traditionally decorated living rooms or classic and elegant areas, while if your living room is more modern, then slate fireplaces are the ones to focus on.


All things taken into account, if you have always dreamt about hearing the wood cracking in the fireplace in your living room on cold, winter evenings, then you should definitely have a stone fireplace built or installed in your home, but make sure you take all your options into account, both in terms of functionality and in terms of design. Moreover, make sure that you have taken all the necessary steps to ensure a safe use and function of the fireplace, which might mean having a masonry chimney built. For houses that already have a chimney, it is essential to have that inspected and repaired if needed, which is why it is important for you to research chimney repair Ottawa companies and know where to go when you are ready to have your fireplace installed.