Home & hearth go together like R&R; buying & selling, and packing & moving. In other words, if you must relocate and are putting your home on the market, expect to receive about $1,500 more because fireplaces are what buyers want.
As Olympic gold medalist Magdalena Neuner puts it, “For me, there’s nothing better than curling up in my favorite blanket on a cloudy or rainy day and just knit. Especially in front of the fireplace.”
If you’re ready to make the big move from renting an apartment to purchasing a home with a hearth, you’re in luck since 60% of houses built today have a fireplace. That’s nearly 40% more than when homes were built during the 1970s—right around the time Nixon said, “When I retire I’m going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.”
Indeed, a wood-burning fireplace is a very efficient way to heat your home while disposing of letters and private papers as well as discarding broken branches from outdoors. In addition, wood-burning fireplaces provide a measurable amount of heat so you can stay warm and cozy during the winter, although a fireplace is not limited to just one season. Chef and restaurateurAlice Waters admits, “I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.”
Fireplaces have become so popular, some homes have them in several rooms. Actor Cory Monteith notes, “I took out a whole fireplace and put in broken glass and installed a burner underneath, so it looks like fire on ice. I did that in my bedroom suite.”