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Bala Cynwyd Global by Design Manifest traditional-living-room

Bala Cynwyd Global by Design Manifest

A non-working fireplace is filled with logs
Design Manifest Bala Cynwyd Global
image by Courtney Apple

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Fireplaces, while still appealing, no longer hold the same status they once did as a must-have item on all home buyers’ wish lists. With some areas placing limits on burning wood, traditional fireplaces may even eventually be out. And if you could better use the space if it were a blank wall, or an extra bank of windows, or built-in storage, who’s to say a potential buyer wouldn’t also prefer that? If you are concerned that removing your fireplace would negatively impact your home’s resale value, speak with a real estate agent in your area before making a decision — a local agent will be your best resource for getting to know your market. If your home is small, having a fabulous wall of built-in cabinetry could easily trump the appeal of a fireplace. Light is another top item on many home buyers’ wish lists, so trading the fireplace for a beautiful window could be smart. Here are eight signs it may be time to say goodbye to your fireplace.1. It doesn’t work. Especially out West, where earthquakes are an issue, it’s quite common to find homes with fireplaces that are structurally unsound and unsafe to use. Why keep a feature around if it poses a safety risk and is not adding anything to your quality of life? It’s true that even a nonworking fireplace can be a decorative feature, like the one shown here, but if you have the will and the means, why not put in something more useful in that space? (Unless it’s a historic home, but that’s another ideabook.)

What Houzzers are commenting on:

kiserlor added this to Fireplace mantles
September 15, 2014
wraps around
rebaL design added this to Mustari Residence
September 9, 2014
Family Room fireplace inspiration
Leslie added this to Giesecke Fireplace
September 8, 2014
Since your builder (or maybe it was the mason) wasn't jazzed about making the fireplace arched- this is an example on how we could cheat the system and create an illusion of an arched fireplace. Imagine brick in lieu of the light material shown.....and i think this mantle is too formal possibly, but this gives you an idea on how to have the best of both worlds- still have the square fireplace but create the illusion with the arch and have some interest
goslee added this to Fireplace
August 22, 2014
like arched woodwork
Tricia Stacy, ASID added this to triciastacy's ideas
July 9, 2014
simple wood mantle
natalieb5 added this to natalieb5's Ideas
June 22, 2014
Rounded top
Marie Adam added this to Fireplaces
May 29, 2014
Interesting concept
gaerke2007 added this to gaerke2007's ideas
April 16, 2014
wood fireplace front 2
jwhammer1975 added this to Granish cashiers
April 5, 2014
LD Mantle
cmreinke added this to cmreinke's ideas
March 30, 2014
ulyayigit added this to family room
March 29, 2014
Fire place refacing
genara added this to fireplace
March 16, 2014
wood work
Cindy Manry added this to trim
March 10, 2014
wendywoo1 added this to Fireplaces
March 3, 2014
ngoro1 added this to ngoro1's Favorites
February 26, 2014
shelleymagness added this to walls and ceiling interiors
February 16, 2014
like replace surround
fergiesue added this to Fireplaces
February 14, 2014
Craftsman style
lynnterry added this to lynnterry's Ideas
February 13, 2014
Love the mirror
jm122 added this to jm122's ideas
February 8, 2014
really love this mantel
Thelma Jarvis Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka added this to Fireplaces
January 29, 2014
Faux fireplaces can still add a lot to the warmth of a room
James Ruud Interiors added this to jimruud's ideas
January 24, 2014
Mitchell living room.
amtingleclark added this to amtingleclark's Favorites
January 13, 2014
Fireplace mantle
judygressel added this to living area
January 13, 2014
cool look for unused fireplace
joshua123 added this to Fireplace wood mantels
January 12, 2014
wood arch
Anna Lovell added this to Fireplaces
January 8, 2014
Clean wood white contrast
kimmontez added this to Contemporary Victorian
January 8, 2014
Fireplace filler
lindap137 added this to Living Room Ideas
January 8, 2014
mirror and fireplace surround
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January 8, 2014
Ken Doerr added this to Lounge Fireplace
January 8, 2014
Dining Room fire place
jmottern added this to Living Room
December 30, 2013
cool way to fill the gap
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December 29, 2013
wendyglenn1 added this to wendyglenn1's Ideas
December 28, 2013
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December 23, 2013
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December 19, 2013
judithjohn added this to LIVING ROOMS
December 19, 2013
pretty mantel and proportions
gen2782 added this to gen2782's ideas
December 18, 2013
Fireplace mantel
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December 17, 2013
manteau foyer
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December 16, 2013
mantle decor
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December 16, 2013
Setting Wood setting
jsilverm2 added this to jsilverm2's ideas
December 16, 2013
fireplace idea
roxanns1 added this to Decor
December 16, 2013
Love the mantel
nnhcasper added this to nncasper's ideas
December 16, 2013
Mantel design.
Hadi added this to hadyf's Ideas
December 16, 2013
design of fireplace
jymiller55 added this to jymiller55's Ideas
December 15, 2013
Mantle mirror vignette
manguelova added this to manguelova's Ideas
December 15, 2013
palacio added this to palacio's ideas
December 15, 2013
fireplace mantal
variegata added this to Willow St. Ideas
December 15, 2013
love everything about this fireplace
Amira Zaghloul added this to Kitchen Ideas
December 15, 2013
ericatwin added this to Art Ideas
December 15, 2013
fake fireplace
Alan Dorr added this to alan_dorr's ideas
December 15, 2013
simplicity of design
Beverly Wright-Juste added this to webuser_2982503's ideas
December 15, 2013
I like. The wood pattern in the fireplace. If you are not using your fireplace, I would leave it vacant in case there is power outage. If you hate seeing it vacant when not in use, put a large basket of dried flowers in front of it to cover the space, or a large painting.
pbhart1 added this to Fireplace
December 15, 2013
wood color
danni_elle added this to danni_elle's Ideas
December 15, 2013
jeannechx added this to jeannechx's ideas
December 15, 2013
bmelnikov added this to fireplace
December 15, 2013
mantle style
vmmcconnell added this to vmmcconnell's ideas
December 15, 2013
Gorgeous color scheme.
kcapleby added this to Living room
December 15, 2013
katherineteague added this to katherineteague's ideas
December 15, 2013
smwilson added this to smwilson's ideas
December 15, 2013
wood stack
fathemeh added this to fireplace
December 15, 2013
Christina Goodman added this to MBR for Cyp Wds
December 14, 2013
fireplace idea
motownpeach added this to motownpeach's Ideas
December 14, 2013
Filled fireplace opening
Val Sedano added this to val_sedano's Ideas
December 14, 2013
butania0 added this to Living room - 605 Q
December 14, 2013
Good way to use extra fireplaces
Marsudi Rini added this to marsudi_rini's Ideas
December 14, 2013
Bikin perapian yuks
battmom4 added this to battmom4's fireplace
December 13, 2013
Curves soften fireplace while molding adds interest.
boremc added this to Decor/Art
December 13, 2013
Fireplace surround
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