I spent the weekend in Bend, OR and it was a stunning and urgent reminder that winter is on the way. My favorite part of the trip? Camping out on the floor in front of the fireplace to warm up. Maybe its those genes of ours that spent time as cavemen, or maybe its just that the warmth of a fire feels so relaxing after being out in the cold, but fireplaces are quick to top my list of winter survival essentials.
While I realize the convenience and ease of gas fireplaces, I'm not entirely sold on the idea. I don't think there's a substitute for the crackling kindling and smoky aroma that makes a fireplace a fireplace. Lets be clear, have you ever tried roasting a marshmallow over a gas fireplace? Besides feeling a little awkward, I'm betting there's a good chance you could ruin your gas stove.
Photo Credit: Elkins Resort
Nothing instantly cozies up your house in the winter like a smoldering fire in the hearth, and fireplace remodels are a great way to add charm and value to your home. Not to mention all the benefits you'll reap, cocoa in hand, watching the flicker and flash of your real fire.