What the Experts Have to Say About Fireplaces

At LanChester Grill & Hearth, we field questions about fireplaces, pretty much year round. Whether it’s from someone looking to warm up their home in the winter, replace an existing hearth with something more modern and efficient, or an outdoor enthusiast looking to add a cozy touch to their outdoor living space, we’re always happy to help. Fireplaces can be romantic, inviting, but also incredibly efficient when it comes to providing extra warmth and ambiance to a home. Depending on your needs and what kind of look you’re going for, there are a number of routes you can take. To help you out, we took the most common questions about our fireplaces—and here’s what we have to say!

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5 Reasons to Consider a Fireplace Insert

Fireplaces are a wonderful addition to any residence. They provide a perfect spot for family gatherings and intimate affairs, all while keeping things toasty warm. The downside to a fireplace insert is their age. They take significant maintenance and if an owner puts it off too long, it could require masonry repairs to restore its functionality or make it safe for use. Even if you keep your fireplace in great shape, you might notice that you lose more heat than you’re getting—that it’s just not as efficient as you need it to be.

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Lighting on a Budget: 4 Tips to Get the Look You Want for Less

Lighting is responsible for setting the mood and atmosphere, but it can easily make or break a room if done poorly. Many interior designers and homeowners sometimes err on the expensive side—opting for large, extravagant lighting without really considering if the same effect is possible with a more cost-efficient design.

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5 Top Additions for Outdoor Living

Summer is the time to be outside and to make the most of your backyard. Seasonal improvements are a great way to awaken the splendor of your outdoor living space, and to add long-term value to your home. Each season brings with it a different set of needs and restrictions, but for the summer, it’s all about extending the season and your ability to enjoy yourself outdoors well into the night.

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Bring the Warmth of Your Home Outdoors with a Fireplace

Having a warm, cozy fire in your home is an amazing experience; but imagine being able to transport some of that warmth to your outdoor living space. You’ve spent the time and money on the perfect outdoor kitchen or lounge, and now it’s time to make it feel like your second home.

When you decide to make room for an outdoor fireplace, you should decide whether you want an actual fireplace or what is commonly known as a firepit. If your mind is set on the former, then here’s what you need to know. Continue reading Bring the Warmth of Your Home Outdoors with a Fireplace