The History of Man and Fire

Since the earliest recorded time in human history, man has been intrigued by fire. Research shows evidence of humans having controlled use of fire as late as 125,000 years ago.

Homo erectus harnessed fire as a means of survival. It was used to stay warm and dry. Eventually, it was used to cook foods. Not to mention, if you’ve ever caught yourself gazing deep into the embers of the “cowboy TV” for hours on end, you know fire very well could have also been one of the first forms of entertainment.

Why We Love a Fireplace

With that kind of history, it’s no wonder many people enjoy the comfort and ambiance that a fireplace can bring to a home. Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, there’s no better place to come together with friends and family, or just sit and read that book you’ve been meaning to finish.

The warmth and glow a good fire puts off aren’t the only benefits to an indoor or outdoor fireplace though.

What An Indoor or Outdoor Fireplace Offers

When cold whether strikes, a fireplace will be your best friend. If your fireplace is wood burning, it can be a cost-effective way to heat your house and can allow a homeowner to move one step closer to energy independence.

In the event of a storm or disaster that cuts your electricity, a fireplace is a great heat source and can also double as an option for cooking if the power is out for an extended period of time.

Keep This In Mind When Building A Fireplace

So, you like the idea of having a fireplace built at your home, but you have no clue where to start. That’s where our Nashville fireplace installation experts at Stratton Exteriors can help! We suggest asking yourself each of the following questions when you’re bginning the process of building a fireplace:

  • “Where will my fireplace go?”- You’ll first want to decide if you want your fireplace to be located indoors or outdoors. If you decide your fireplace is going to be built in your house, you’ll need to choose what room or rooms you’ll want it in. If the fireplace is to be constructed outdoors, you should determine the amount of space you’re going to utilize for your project and where that property is located.
  • “What should my fireplace be made of?”- For a classic look, brick may be the best option for your fireplace. If you like a more natural feel, stone fireplaces may be what you decide to go with. For a clean, modern look, you might consider using stucco.
  • “What kind of fuel will my fireplace burn?”- Out of these three questions, this may be the most important one you’ll ask yourself before beginning a fireplace project. There are two basic choices that you have and they are wood or natural gas. Both have benefits and drawbacks that you should consider, including necessary maintenance, cost, and environmental friendliness, just to name a few.

Planning Your Nashville Fireplace Project? We Can Help!

At Stratton Exteriors, we know finding the answers to these questions can raise a dozen other inquiries about your project. If you’d like to discuss your options for a Nashville home improvement project that you have in mind, like installing a fireplace, we’re always here to provide you with the answers you need.

You can contact us anytime by visiting our website or you can call us at (615) 750-2148 and speak with a member of our team about your needs.