When we first started designing our new home, we knew we wanted a fireplace. Our wish list was simple: easy and low maintenance, plug in and go! Our oldest son suffers from severe allergies, and any time he is around a wood burning fireplace or stove, he will break out in hives and get really sick. We ultimately decided to go with an electric fireplace insert for ambiance, we weren’t using it to heat up a space (although this one does do that).
We found the perfect fireplace insert on Amazon and I’ve linked it below in the materials section of this post.
When we met with our builder, we talked about adding a fireplace to our living space and discussed the price. Unfortunately it didn’t fit into our budget, which we were trying very hard to stay under. We went back and forth and ultimately decided we would sketch our design and add it to the the build specs, but it would remain unfinished until after we closed. Basically, it was framed out, drywalled, painted, electric run and fireplace installed. This SAVED us so much money, we came in under $700 for this DIY project. I believe we were quoted by the builder $4000 to create the finished look minus the side cabinets/storage system.
We decided to add cabinets on either side of the fireplace for storage, one side is board games, the other DVD’s and video game systems. I love how they are hidden out of site, which makes for a clean look. We still need to add black hardware (that matches the kitchen) black brackets and white shelves to create an open shelf look. This is still on my husbands to-do list, but Im so excited to wrap up this project and move onto the next one or two!
If you want to check out the fireplace insert up close, check out my latest instagram post https://www.instagram.com/p/CAJdiKEHlkv/
Have you mastered a DIY in your home? What fueled your desire to take on said project? For us? Price! We definitely wanted to splurge in a few other areas of home *cough quartz countertops *cough. We also felt this was a project we could tackle comfortable, and my husband did a beautiful job. We make a wonderful team, I dream up these scenarios/designs and he brings them to life!
Despite our lives being turned upside down during this pandemic, I hope you are still finding joy in each day!