Finding the best position for a fireplace will result in a valuable addition to your home adding warmth, interest and ambience to your interior or exterior space.
Determining the best position for a fireplace
As a divider
A contemporary approach to positioning a fireplace is to use it as a divider. This can be effectively achieved by installing a double-sided fireplace where the flames can be seen from both rooms. Here, Minett Studio has installed a robust double-sided fireplace clad in Baw Baw Dry Stone separating the living and dining areas of a large barn pavilion.
In the bedroom, the best position for a fireplace of this style may be separating the bedroom and the bathroom. Another popular place for a dual fireplace is dividing an entrance and living space.
For a modern look, consider installing a suspended fireplace as Austin Maynard Architects have done here in the Charles House project. This can be effective when placed central in a room or offset to the side. Depending on your needs, some models are also able to rotate giving you the flexibility to direct the heat to particular areas of the interior.
On a corner
Is there an unloved corner in your home? Perhaps this space is the best position for a fireplace just like the one above framed by walls finished in Alpine Dry Stone. A corner can be effective in various rooms including an entrance foyer, living room or kitchen.
Read tips about installing a fireplace here.
For those looking to emphasise a view, placing a fireplace in its direction can help draw the eye. This has been achieved in this interior by Proske Architects where the fireplace helps frame the view of the garden and pool beyond. When positioning a fireplace in view, it’s important to consider the scale of your fireplace so that it doesn’t detract from your outlook.
In an outdoor room
Installing a fireplace in an outdoor room is a great way to create ambience and maximise the usage of the space. A well-designed outdoor fireplace can radiate a great deal of heat and make it an all-year-round living area.
As with a fireplace inside, you can choose from a wood or gas fuel source depending on your needs and there are a lot of options when it comes to design. Choose to build a traditional fireplace with a stone chimney or incorporate it into areas such as your outdoor kitchen, a bench seat or dividing your outdoor dining and living zones.
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Out in the open
Unlike an interior fireplace, there are several additional factors to consider when positioning a fireplace out in the open. These include the views from within the house, privacy, screening and the prevailing winds. You’ll also want to ensure you’ve selected the right model that will be an effective heat source rather than simply a visual element.
Read our Essential Checklist for Building An Outdoor Fireplace here.
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