It is great to do a home improvement perfectly. However, this isn’t the only thing you need to think about. Be certain that the work is completed safely, first. Confused on where to start remodeling your home? Fear not, for this piece has some great ideas to get you going.
You can always use a pellet stove to warm up your house. It is not space consuming and pelletstoves has a great variety of them. Even if you don’t use your fireplace much, it’s important to get your chimney inspected and cleaned regularly by a professional. Burning wood can cause creosote to accumulate, and that could lead to a chimney fire. Avoid burning pitchy wood like pine to help keep creosote under control after a cleaning.
While wood fireplaces can keep your house toasty warm, consider other heating sources first. Aside from the looks, the heat created by a wood fire mostly escapes through the chimney. Additionally, the air needed to fuel the wood stove will be used from the oxygen in your home.
Instead of installing electricity based heating system in your home, consider going with a large wood burning fireplace. With the proper piping and the right size, a wood burning fireplace is more cost effective and heats better. If the electricity ever goes out, you are still able to keep warm in the winter.
Spice up your mantelpiece by decorating it with similarly grouped items. Collect objects that are similar in nature such as wood items, only items with letters on them, items that are old fashioned or different sized decorative paper boxes. They create an interesting focal point near your fireplace and can prove to be conversation pieces.
If you are doing work near a kitchen, fireplace, or gas appliance, make sure you know where the gas shutoff for your home is located. If there were to be an accident, and gas started leaking into your home, the smallest spark could set it off. If you know in advance where the shutoff is, you can respond faster to the issue before it becomes an emergency.
To create a modern focal point in your living room or study, consider installing a new stone, brick, or wood mantel for the area above your fireplace. If your fireplace already has a mantel, you can have it sanded and refinished to change its look. You could also update it by staining the brick or concrete with a rich color.
If you have a pretty large fireplace and the brick is in very bad condition, you should consider painting it, in order to brighten it up. Try painting it a color that matches the walls so that it can compliment the room and not stick out like a sore thumb.
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected prior to using your fireplace each year. The inspector can look for creosote build-up, cracks in the lining, nests from animals or other problems that could spell disaster. A chimney sweep will use long brushes to thoroughly clean your chimney and remove debris that could catch on fire.
A great home improvement task can add greatly to your house, but as previously mentioned, don’t forget safety equipment. Educate yourself on the project at hand. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of what you’ve learned here, roll up your sleeves, and get to work!