Fireplace design in the 70’s and 80’s focused mostly on brick materials, but these days we see more people choosing natural stone fireplaces. Why the switch? It comes down to appearance, maintenance, and return on investment.
The Modern Look of Stone Fireplaces
Whether you’re building new or remodeling the general consensus is that stone fireplaces look more modern. Younger homeowners associate brick with their parent’s homes and would rather have something different for themselves. In existing homes brick fireplaces are often adorned with brass fixtures that are considered outdated today.
Brick done right can offer a cool industrial feel or a cozy traditional look, but using natural stone gives even more design options. Depending on the type or finish chosen, stone can be used to match the homeowners exact aesthetic. Brick’s standard sizes and limited patterns don’t allow for quite as much individuality. Stone’s natural variations in color can also blend in more with a room’s decor.
Both brick and stone are durable, but due to brick’s porous nature it can not be sealed. That makes it more more susceptible to stains and requires more regular maintenance. Stone fireplaces can be sealed so that all they need is an occasional wipe down with a a cloth and warm water.
Older brick fireplaces that have deteriorated due to lack of maintenance is another reason homeowners choose to have them replaced or faced with natural stone.
Stone Fireplaces ROI
Stone generally costs more than brick, but it also give you a bigger return on your investment. Remodeling a fireplace or other areas with a stone veneer gives you a 92.9% return, the second highest of any remodeling project. It’s also a great way to attract buyers in a competitive market.
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