Fireplaces / October 16, 2018 / Aitana Hsu.
Let me tell you how I ended up opting for a prefab fireplace. I was finally living out my dream and goal of building my house exactly the way I wanted things. I’d scrimped and saved for some years to afford the whole project. I’d purchased the land and had been working on the design and architecture of the house-to-be for a few years.
Everything went as according to plans as can be expected. Of course, there were setbacks along the way; there are always little hindrances and such to overcome along the route of larger projects. Especially with home building projects that incorporate several different contractors, there are going to be snags along the way.
That a said, things ran as smoothly as could be reasonably expected. With only a few minor setbacks and rain days, everything went pretty much according to schedule. Now, as anyone that has performed in-depth remodeling, this is where the estimated costs can get out of hand.
When I first set out designing the perfect living room, I had my heart set on a custom natural stone fireplace. Well, the fire was the last portion of the living room to a built. After the custom parquet flooring and natural stone pillars, I’d run quite a ways over budget.
Since I’d already gone more than $7500 over my original budget for the living room area, I had to reconsider my fireplace options. Would it still be worth spending even more money to incorporate the natural stone fireplace that I’d initially wanted?
After some deliberation, I decided I’d at least take a look at some of the prefab fireplaces that are available today. I was disappointed even to have to be looking at anything other than my dream limestone fireplace but resigned myself to be open-minded enough to have a look around at the various prefab fireplaces on the market.
Ok, the thing that helped clinch the deal on a prefab fireplace was the price. I knew a prefab fireplace would be less expensive, but I had no idea how much money I could save until I had a look around various prefab fireplace stores online. We’re talking about keeping more than a few thousand dollars.
And, I have to admit, the prefab fireplaces available today were not like what I’d envisioned. I think they’ve made some significant advances as far as style and accents go on the prefab fireplaces. I was able to find a pretty little prefab fireplace that complimented my living room design quite nicely. It was also straightforward to install.
Some of the other things I like about the prefab fireplace that I chose over a custom number is that I didn’t have to wait weeks and weeks for the job to be built. I’m happy that I decided to check out the prefab fireplaces because if I hadn’t, I’d probably be kicking myself right now over the huge price tag of a custom fireplace.