Stone fireplaces, particularly those which are hand carved, are an excellent focal point within the interior of the home. They are beautiful, functional and when installed by a skilled mason will last for generations.
What are Stone Fireplaces?
A stone fireplace is a fixture which is comprised of stone, which is used to contain a fire while keeping interior living spaces warm. It was the most popular form of heating in Europe and later North America from the Middle Ages up to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although fireplaces have been largely been phased out in many modern homes in favor of HVAC units, they can still be found in classical homes and are prized by many due to their ambience and relaxation. A fireplace is always attached to a chimney which allows the exhaust to escape upward.
Why Should You Get a Stone Fireplace?
Stone fireplaces are extremely durable, as they are made out of natural materials that will last for generations. In fact, many of the oldest homes have used fireplaces for hundreds of years. Few modern heating systems will last this long, and will routinely need to be repaired, while the maintenance needed for fireplaces is minimum. While materials such as limestone will weather as the years pass, it results in a spectacular, aged appearance.
Most of the people who desire a fireplace do so because of the craftsmanship and uniqueness that it will bring to their home. Functionally speaking, an HVAC system is superior in that it can cool or warm a home, but fireplaces are often chosen because a homeowner is looking for a classical look or feel and doesn’t care so much about modern amenities or conveniences. At the end of the day, most HVAC units are mass produced, while the stone fireplace you install will be the only one of its kind in the world. Furthermore, homes with a fireplace tend to command a high sale value, particularly in the northeast where winters bring about freezing temperatures.
Perhaps the best benefit of a fireplace is that it’s eco-friendly and will keep your home warm even if the electrical grid goes down. Blackouts have occurred in the northeast in the past and during winter this can be a serious issue, but those who have homes with fireplace will have peace of mind knowing that they will be able to continue keeping themselves warm as fireplaces do not require electricity to operate.
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Stone Fireplaces?
We have the tools, knowledge, materials and team that can help you install a beautiful fireplace that will keep your family warm and cozy for years to come. Fitz’s Fish Ponds is New Jersey’s top contractor and although we’ve built our name designing ponds and water gardens, we have expanded our portfolio of services to include other landscaping and construction related services. We consult with each of our clients to determine their unique needs and desires and then we deliver. Contact us today to learn more about our services.