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Custom options. If you do not like the shape or style of your old wood-burning fireplace, or it is seriously damaged (many fireplaces and chimneys in California are damaged in earthquakes, for instance), consider removing the old fireplace entirely and putting in a new one. The cost will be much higher than using an insert (two to four times as much, with mason work and specialty materials fetching the highest prices), but you can choose exactly the style and materials you want.Find a fireplace professional to convert yoursTell us: Do you have a wood-burning fireplace? Would you consider converting it to gas or electric?More:Hot Ideas for Fireplace FacingSee more photos of fireplaces and inserts
5. You need more storage. In a small space, storage trumps “extra” features every time — even considering resale value. Proper storage space means a home looks and feels better, which is a major boon to daily life (and you can bet potential buyers are looking for it too). If you are thinking of nixing a fireplace in a home with a small footprint, think about putting floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets or shelving in its place.