Welcome to our gallery featuring a series of comfortable, cozy and stylish living rooms with oh-so-cozy fireplaces and a guide to how much they cost.
Historically, fireplaces were used to heat the home. These days, however, the fireplace is all about ambiance. Fireplaces can be made to match any style of home, from traditional to rustic to modern.
Based on our analysis of 164,401 living rooms, we found that 75.41% of living rooms built as a new home or renovated since 2009 have a fireplace. Obviously that’s not every living room built and designed since then, but it’s a good number and likely sufficient in order to conclude a reliable percentage of living rooms that have a fireplace.
Below is our huge and growing gallery featuring living rooms with a fireplace. We add to this gallery each week, so be sure to bookmark this page. If you like stone fireplaces, check out our dedicated stone fireplace ideas gallery.
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Photo Gallery of Living Rooms with a Fireplace
Living Room Fireplace Data
The following is data setting out the percentage of living rooms that has a fireplace as well as the percentage of each type of fireplace found in living rooms. Data presented in both charts and tables.
Percentage of living rooms with a fireplace
This data is based on analysis of 164,401 living rooms.
Types of fireplaces in living rooms (percentage)
The following data is based on analysis of 123,978 living rooms.
The most iconic fireplace is, of course, the wood-burning masonry fireplace, as seen in the above living room. Wood-burning fireplaces provide the satisfying sizzle and pop, but require more maintenance and have more safety concerns than other styles of fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces are simple to light compared to wood-burning fireplaces, requiring only the simple push of a button to get a roaring fire going–but running on natural gas can be taxing on the wallet.
When I think of a fireplace, I think of an open hearth, with nothing between me and the flames but air. But this isn’t the only option. Many homeowners opt for an enclosed fireplace–that is, a fireplace that keeps the flames behind glass. Enclosing the flames not only makes the fireplace safer, it allows designers to place fireplaces in spots other than against a wall.
This collection presents a varied selection of both iconic masonry fireplaces and glass-enclosed gas fireplaces–but all the spaces have one very important detail in common: the mesmerizing flames that chase the cold away.
It’s important to note that you should definitely double check your permits before hiring a contractor and starting construction of a new fireplace or renovations on an existing one. Some places restrict the construction of fireplaces to new construction, meaning you wouldn’t be able to add a fireplace to an older home. (Source: Improvenet)
We hope you enjoy this spectacular gallery and come away with inspiration for your own living room.
If you choose to add a fireplace to your existing home, you can expect to pay between $400 and $10,000. Why the huge variation? Well, there are a lot of styles and designs to choose from, and your choice determines exactly what you’ll pay for your fireplace.
Electric is the least expensive option, tends to be easy to install, and starts for under $400. In contrast, gas fireplaces cost $2,000 for just the most basic materials, plus another $2,500 for installation. Traditional wood-burning fireplaces definitely require hiring a professional to install, and typically cost under $10,000. (Source: House Logic)
And don’t forget about upkeep costs. Fireplaces need to be cleaned and serviced; particularly gas and wood burning fireplaces.
If you’re building a new house and want to add a fireplace, your fireplace can cost between $1,500 and $30,000, depending on the features you choose, size, local labor rates, chimney height, and other factors. (Source: Cost Helper)
- Firewood – firewood costs can build up quickly, depending on the type of wood and area you live in. Firewood should be clean, seasoned, and dry before burning. You’ll need to also purchase a fireplace grate that will keep the burning wood off the bottom of the firebox, which can cost between $25 and $75, with decorative luxury versions costing upwards of $1,000. (Source: Cost Helper)
- Fireplace Tools – these can cost between $15 – $95 for a shovel, broom, and stoker, plus around $100 for an ash vacuum, $200 for a screen, among other items. (Source: Cost Helper)
- Annual Cleaning Costs – fireplaces need to be cleaned to keep from becoming a fire hazard.
- Mantles – these may be optional, but they really look great. Expect to pay between $100 and $3,000 for a custom mantle, depending on the style and if you include a full surround. (Source: Cost Helper)
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors – many places require you to have carbon monoxide detectors, which can cost about $50. (Source: Cost Helper)
Fireplace Types Overview
Wood-burning fireplaces have the traditional aesthetic, including the signature scent, crackling sound, and the dancing flames. They’re self-sufficient in the case of an electrical outage, and can be used to heat the room regardless. Of course, they’re also hard to clean, require a lot of maintenance, and need to be tended, unlike gas or electric fireplaces.
Gas fireplaces tend to be cleaner than wood-burning options, are easier to start, and are actually better for heating the room than a wood-burning, where most of the heat goes out the chimney. However, they lack the charm of a wood-burning fireplace and run on fossil fuels, which are not environmentally friendly.
Corn or Pellet Stoves
Corn or pellet stoves are clean-burning options with a cheap fuel option, but are expensive to install and also require electricity to run in addition to the corn or pellet fuel.
These are super easy to install; just plug in and get started. They’re portable, cheap, and can be used in any room. However, they look cheap, and won’t add value to your home. They also tend to use a lot of electricity and that will raise your bill.