There was a day when burning wood in the wood-burning fireplace was the only option. That’s before the furnace, baseline heaters, and central air. So, having a fireplace was a necessity. But, there were so many things different back then. They weren’t burning treated wood. There weren’t a billion houses in the world at that time. Everything was cleaner because we hadn’t had time to destroy it all yet.
When designing a modern farmhouse, porches, wide board floors and beautiful fireplaces are welcome. The floor plan can be center hall, side hall or a variation of the two. Gathering places within the home is as important today as they were 200 years ago.
But, the wood-burning fireplace is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Of course, it’s still great for wide-open places like in the country in your farmhouse or in your own ranch. But, in urban and suburban areas where living is tight is not conducive to the wood-burning fireplace. These are ventless fireplaces that are made in all types of shapes and sizes. You can have contemporary-looking fireplaces with brass or silver linings. Some are made of glass or stainless steel. They are portable to any room and they shut off instantly.
With the environment the way it is and the more restrictions being placed on home building and home remodeling permits, you might see it one day when building a traditional wood-burning fireplace might take a special permit or won’t be allowed at all. But, you don’t have to miss out on the fireplace experience. There are alternatives and you should start looking into them.