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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In the Wall Natural Gas Fireplace

Once all our offer had been accepted I started looking for decorating ideas.  There are a few things that we want that will add to the comfort of our new home.  One of the first things we will do is update all the electrical sockets and switches to the European style.  There are light fixtures that definitely will be replaced.  An interesting feature of this house is neither bathroom have a window so I finally get my much coveted solar tube for the main bathroom.  We are in the market for a natural gas fireplace as well.  In the event of a power outage, a natural gas fireplace will still work and it is cheaper to run the fireplace during the months of October and April to take the chill off the house without firing up the furnace.

in the wall natural gas fireplace
During a recent road trip to Niagara Falls we stopped at the casino in Brampton on the way home.  They have remodeled since we were last year.  I fell in love with these gorgeous in-the-wall natural gas fireplaces.  The day we visited was in the midst of the heat wave.  The AC was going strong in the casino so I thought the fireplaces were just decorative.  To my delight they were indeed putting out heat and a fair amount of it too!  Now in terms of economics I thought this was rather fool hardy but since the casino is run by the Ontario Government surprise me [sarcasm].  At any rate, I thought they were absolutely gorgeous.

The fireplaces were mounted about four feet from the floor.  They were recessed into the wall, sticking out into the room by only about an inch.  I would guess the size at about four feet wide, eighteen inches high and about twelve inches deep.  It would make a great accent wall in the new house.  Time to go shopping!

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