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There’s something about a fireplace that creates life in a room whether its outside or inside. We huddle around it together for warmth, bodies standing next to one another vying for heat and light.

There’s an energy that fire brings, a sense of the power of the natural order of things that brings another dimension to a space. Whether its a massive fire cranking heat throughout the house or a small fire for atmosphere, there’s no doubt as the weather cools down that fire adds another element to our living areas.

For those of you still warming your mittens in front of a gas burner or an overpriced electric hummer, now’s a good time to think about putting in the real deal.

If you’re thinking about it, we’ve got loads of images and projects you can sort through to start picking out what you like and what you don’t. Failing that, drop into a store and let one of our staff help you.

Below are also a couple of tips that might get you started.

Whether you decide to create a large scale outdoor fireplace for alfresco dining all year round or a clean, modern fireplace that is the central focus for your interior living room, finishing detail is key.

One of the most important considerations is how your fireplace design will be finished. We think it’s always best to find solutions that make the fireplace appear as if it’s a solid structure and part of the built environment, rather than a veneer wall.

This means thinking about capping and corner detail. Does your fireplace run into a wall or will it be free-standing? What natural stone tiles or stone cladding will best suit the colours or textures of your home?

Whether it’s an outside fireplace or one inside the home, it’s essential to consider these elements before you finalise your choice of stone cladding.

Remember, looking at fireplace images is a great place to start.

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