At present a lot of fireplaces are characterized by the burning of gas but long ago, masonry fireboxes that used brick mantels such as brick faces or wooden mantels were the preferred fireplace design by a lot of homeowners. The different elements of a fireplace are: (1) the hearth with built-in ash dump, (2) the firebox of proper shape for reflecting maximum heat, (3) the throat fitted with a damper as wide as the fireplace opening, (4) the smoke chamber with smoke shelf in back of the damper, and (5) the flue that connects to the smoke chamber and is encased in a masonry chimney of necessary height.
Many people prefer their fireplaces to be homely and comforting while others prefer a more modern, contemporary looking fireplace, but your remodeling style will depend on the existing decor in the room in which the fireplace is and of course, you own personal style.
Renovating fireplace plans include: creating a new mantel to go over the top of your fireplace, changing a log burning fireplace into a more efficient gas powered fireplace, adding accessories to match the dÃ©cor in your home and completely redesigning the entire area with fireplace remodel ideas that change the entire look by updating materials and shape.
In addition to more conventional options that involve completely tearing out a fireplace or completely re-surfacing it with a new material, whether brick, tile or stone, you can also paint a fireplace using a special fireplace brick paint that preserves the look and texture of real brick.
For this project, I wanted to surround the fireplace with stone (or manufactured stone), raise the fireplace to accommodate a hearth (instead of just tile on the floor) and add a new rustic wood mantle I had worked with manufactured stone before, but that was only a month ago when I added a fireplace to my basement.