Should you install a fireplace? What you should know before you begin your project

If you do not already have a fireplace in your home, installing one may feel like a huge job that's impossible to tackle. It's probably not as cost-or-time prohibitive as you'd expect, you'll just need to hire the right expert.

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If you do not already have a fireplace in your home, installing one may feel like a huge job that's impossible to tackle. It's probably not as cost-or-time prohibitive as you'd expect, you'll just need to hire the right expert. 

Find someone with a four or five-star rating

A fireplace improperly installed can become a hazard and potentially dangerous, so make sure to do as much research as possible before hiring a remodeler. Check reviews, look at photography, and find someone who does great work. It's important to hire the right person. 

Ask a pro what your options are

A home remodeling specialist will inspect and evaluate your home to see where he can install a fireplace properly and safely. Make sure to check around to find a remodeling pro who has a lot of experience installing fireplaces. You'll want to make sure that the person putting in your fireplace really understands what to do and how to do it.

Design design design

Once you hire a remodeling professional you feel comfortable with, decide what you want the fireplace to look like. Come prepared with examples. Use a site like Pinterest to round up examples of looks you like. You can have the fireplace constructed to look sleek, rustic, traditional, or super modern by having the remodeler use a variety of different materials and mantle styles. 

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