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Bedroom Fireplace Ideas

Posted on: 1st August 2018

Older houses, particularly Victorian ones, traditionally feature a fireplace in the bedroom. This is because the fireplace was considered to be the heart of the home and not to mention, a wholesome and attractive characteristic that was embraced by the affluent. In large Victorian properties, the fire would provide an immediate source of heat in bitterly cold winters, and although a bedroom fireplace may seem unusual today (what with central heating), there’s no reason why it can’t still be a ‘wow’ factor within your home. Whilst it can be tempting to block fireplaces up or disguise them, why not try working…

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Marble vs Limestone Fireplace Surrounds

Posted on: 23rd March 2018

By choosing the perfect material for your fireplace surround, your fireplace can become the heart of your living room. No matter what kind or style of fireplace you have – whatever manufacturer, fuel type or size – your surround should be the ideal complement to your chosen appliance. You’ll find that marble and limestone are two of the most popular materials for fireplace surrounds, so in this article we’re looking at both to see if there’s a clear winner between them. Limestone fireplace surrounds In terms of interior design, limestone surrounds are the versatile choice. Limestone is elegant, smooth and neutral…

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10 Tips to Save Energy at Home

Posted on: 12th December 2017

Energy efficiency has become a keen focus for the modern homeowner; once you start to pay attention to how much energy a home uses, and how much is wasted each day, you realise that there are actually some easy ways to tackle the problem, instead of just tolerating it. In this article, we’re giving you 10 energy saving tips to help make your home more efficient, economical and comfortable for you and your family. You can also check your current energy efficiency, using our energy efficient calculator. Tip 1: Use energy saving appliances Older homes are more likely to have outdated…

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Fun Christmas Mantel Ideas

Posted on: 30th November 2017

It might be hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here once more! If the stresses of the season are already taking their toll, then why not take some time out to relax? Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t have to be a hassle, in fact, it’s a great way to let your creative side loose. Traditionally, the fireplace is the heart of the home and there are plenty of ways to dress up your mantle to spread Christmas joy throughout your home. Here are just a few ideas to get you start Traditional Christmas theme Whether you have a coal…

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Electric Stoves vs Wood burners

Posted on: 25th September 2017

Wood burners and electric stoves are two fireplace solutions that are on opposite ends of the heating spectrum. Both have their own unique considerations, from the way they’re installed and how they function, to the kind of atmosphere they instill in your home and – most importantly – how effective they are at keeping you warm. Choosing between the two can be tough, which us why we’ve put together this article to see how electric stoves and wood burners weigh up against each other. Fuel to the fire Starting with the obvious difference between the two: the presence of fire itself….

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Reducing your Gas Bill with a High Efficiency Gas Fireplace

Posted on: 1st July 2016

Running an energy efficient household will not only improve your green credentials in these climate conscious times, but can also save you a great deal of money. As such, more and more homeowners are choosing to replace their existing gas fireplace with a highly efficient model which can instantly generate large amounts of heat. Investing in a high efficiency gas fire or stove will go a long way to reducing your energy bills, particularly during the cold winter months when your fireplace will be in regular use. Here, we will explain how you can lower your monthly energy outgoings by choosing…

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How does Natural Gas Reach your Gas Fire?

Posted on: 6th June 2016

Combining the style and character of a traditional fireplace with the convenience of a readily available mains fuel supply, more and more homeowners are choosing to have gas fires fitted in their homes. The high efficiency of gas fires causes many of us to overlook how the natural gas actually reaches the fire so it can operate properly. Here, we will answer this query, as well as providing advice on what you should consider before purchasing a gas fireplace. How natural gas reaches a gas fire Boasting a host of benefits, including high heat output and the ability to remain switched…

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How to Mix and Match your Fireplace

Posted on: 6th May 2016

If you are looking to get the perfect fireplace to suit your home, there is nothing stopping you from mixing and matching the parts available to you to create the right look and feel to fit in with your home’s decor. The right colour and material can really lift a room and improve its overall aesthetic, whilst picking the right type of fireplace for your requirements and your home’s energy source could be vital in keeping your home well insulated and cost efficient. Here, we run through the different elements of the traditional fireplace, and provide some ideas on how you…

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Can I Install a TV above a Fireplace?

Posted on: 23rd March 2016

Many people have a fire as the focal point in their living room or bedroom, and rightly so; providing warm and a pleasing aesthetic, fireplaces really are a beautiful feature. Many people also wish, however, to place their TV in a prominent area of the room, and this often means attaching it to wallspace above a fire. Having a TV above a fireplace is perfectly safe, but there are some things you need to think about before you steam ahead and buy your swanky new television. Make sure you consider these following issues before buying a TV to mount above the…

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Warm up this Winter with a Wood Burning Stove

Posted on: 17th December 2015

Wood burning stoves are a delightful addition to any home, providing a whole host of benefits during those cold winter months. On account of rising fuel prices, environmental concerns and the popularity of rustic, country inspired interior design increasing in recent years, the popularity of wood burners has risen dramatically. Here, we list some of the benefits that these burners can bring: Highly efficient As a source of warmth, unlike traditional fires, wood burning stoves are extremely efficient, producing a huge amount of long-lasting heat from just a short while burning, and without using a shed load of wood. Where open…

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