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Modernize Your Fireplace With Cultured Stone

Is your hearth drab and dated? The problem with an out-of-date fireplace is that it can drag down the overall feel of your home! Fireplaces often serve as the focal point of your main living space. If you’re ready to liven up and modernize your fireplace, a cultured stone hearth offers the perfect solution.

What is cultured stone?

In short, cultured stone is manufactured stone used for a variety of home-decorating applications. These include fireplace faces, hearths, chimneys, patios, walkways, and stone accent walls. Cultured stone comprises cement, color pigments, and stone aggregate. The mixture is poured into rock molds to create a realistic stone texture. It’s applied to the desired surface using special mortar. When installed properly, cultured stone is nearly impossible to distinguish from natural stone.

What are the benefits of a cultured stone hearth?

The benefits of cultured stone are numerous, but perhaps the most noteworthy is the weight of cultured stone. A natural stone hearth requires a foundation footer. In addition, masons generally charge more for installation of natural stone because of its weight. Cultured stone solves this problem! It weighs of fraction of natural stone, and cultured stone can be installed without any additional foundation support. It can be also be installed in tall vertical applications, as long as it’s attached to a sturdy, well-built wall. The quality and look of cultured stone also is more uniform than that of natural stone.

Cultured stone also provides homeowners with a wider variety of options than natural stone. When using natural stone in hearths and other building applications, homeowners usually are limited to the natural stone available in their area.. The selection of cultured stone is usually wide and varied in any area. Also, different shapes of cultured stone are more widely available than shaped natural stone. This is because cultured stone can be cast in any shape, while natural stone must be cut to shape by an expert mason.

What looks can be achieved with cultured stone?

Cultured stone comes in a seemingly endless variety of textures, colors, and sizes. It can be cast to look like smooth river rocks or rustic cobblestones. Cultured stone can be entirely smooth for a sleek, modern look or rough and textured for a rustic or aged look. It also comes in nearly any color you would want. When it comes to creating a cultured stone hearth, you can achieve virtually any look in your home!

How do I begin to design my cultured stone hearth?

Are you ready to modernize the look of your fireplace with a cultured stone hearth? Call the experts at FireSide Hearth & Home! We can talk to you about your vision for your hearth and recommend product options to help you create that vision. We’ll help you install a modern cultured stone hearth that upgrades the look of your entire home.

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Looking to add something to your home this year? How about a fireplace?

Do you want to improve your home this year? Would you like to add warmth, ambiance, and value to your home? How about adding a new fireplace?

Add a New Fireplace This Year - Royal Oak MI - FireSide Hearth & HomeWhy add a new fireplace to your home?

When it comes to adding value and utility to your home, it is hard to beat a fireplace. Fireplaces are an instant upgrade to your home. You are sure to get enjoyment and reap many benefits from your fireplace. In addition, when you go to sell your home, your fireplace will add value! Some of the benefits of a new fireplace include:

  •  Increased home efficiency.
    A fireplace can help you heat your home more efficiently. When you heat your home with a furnace only, you are setting your entire home temperature to the cozy temperature you desire for your living spaces. You may have unused rooms that don’t need as much heat, or you might prefer your bedrooms at a lower temperature. Fireplaces allow you to zone heat your home: With a fireplace in your central living space, you can turn down you thermostat and concentrate heat in smaller areas. More than likely in spaces where you and your family spend most of your time. This cuts your home-heating load by 20 to 25 percent.
  • Added ambiance.
    Perhaps the biggest selling point of fireplace is ambiance. A fireplace adds a warm glow and a stylish statement. It provides family and friends with a beautiful gathering point.  So, are you looking to add a stylish statement to your home? Then you can’t go wrong with a fireplace!
  • An extra selling point.
    When it comes time to selling your home, a fireplace can help you to market your home. In surveys, home buyers often list a fireplace as one of the top amenities they are seeking. Plus, nearly half of home buyers say they would pay more for a home with a fireplace.

What are the options for adding a fireplace?

With all of the types of fireplaces on the market today, the options for adding a fireplace to your home are virtually endless. Direct-vent gas fireplaces often are considered the gold standard. This is because of their convenience and efficiency. In addition, they can be placed on virtually any exterior wall of a home.

Wood-burning fireplace continue to be a popular choice for homeowners. In turn, homeowners with a ready supply of firewood will often install efficient wood-burning stoves or fireplace inserts to heat their home inexpensively and efficiently. For rooms that don’t allow for easy fireplace installation, a ventless gas fireplace can provide the perfect option: They can be installed nearly anywhere within a home and provide an efficient source of heat.

So, are you ready to upgrade your home with a fireplace this year? Then it’s time to hear more about the best fireplace options for your home by calling FireSide Hearth & Home! Also, for more information, visit one of our three showrooms to talk to one of our fireplace experts.