When it comes to deciding on what type of wood burning fireplace to choose, you may be wondering which is best – free-standing or built-in. In reality, both of these stove types have their own benefits and things to consider. The final choice will often come down to your budget, infrastructure and general preferences, as well as the space you have in your home.
To help you make an informed decision on whether a built-in wood burning fireplace is worth considering, we have put together some of the top benefits of this type of fireplace. Keep reading to find out what this style of fireplace has to offer.
Top Reasons to Consider a Built-In Wood Burning Fireplace
Why choose a built-in wood burning fireplace? For starters, you might consider the following benefits that this style offers to home owners…
- Ideal for smaller spaces. Because they are built into the wall, rather than standing out as a solid unit, these fireplaces are ideal for smaller spaces. Whether used in a kitchen, dining area, small living room, studio apartment, cottage, bathroom or bedroom, built-in fireplaces easily blend into their surroundings without getting in the way or taking up much space. This makes them ideal for heating single rooms or smaller sized properties. If you have a larger space, you may choose to get more than one fireplace to ensure optimal heat distribution.
- A wide range of designs. This type of fireplace is available in a wide variety of designs and styles, in both steel and cast iron. Depending on your preferred look, you could opt for an old-fashioned style that is similar to free-standing stoves, or you could try a contemporary design that blends more easily into a modern home. Here at Hydrofire, we offer an excellent selection of built-in fireplaces that include minimal, classic and even double or corner units. This means that your fireplace will always suit the look of your home, without seeming dated or out of place.
- Ideal for homes with existing structures. Unlike free-standing fireplaces, built-in fireplaces cannot simply be added to any room. This type of fireplace is ideal for homes that already have fireplaces and chimneys. Make sure that your fireplace is not pre-fabricated however. Ideally, you want a traditional fireplace that has all the fittings for easy installation. If you do not have any such infrastructure, you will need to get a qualified fireplace installer or builder to first create the foundation for your fireplace.
- Ergonomic and compact solution. Finally, another reason to consider this type of wood stove is that it is functional, ergonomic and compact. As we mentioned above, the fact that this fireplace sits against a wall or within a corner wall means that it does not get in the way. A corner fireplace or a double sided fireplace will optimise heat flow without being clunky or over the top. For those who favour a minimal style, this type of fireplace is sure to be a good option.
If you’d like further help in deciding whether a free-standing or built-in fireplace is the right choice, get in touch with our team today. We are always on hand to help you choose the perfect wood burning fireplace in Cape Town and surrounds.