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How to Start the Fireplace Buying Process

Trying to figure out where to start? We’re here to help you!

Let us point you in the right direction so that you can make an informed decision right from the start!

A fireplace is typically a once in a lifetime purchase that is permanently installed in your home. It is important you purchase a reliable and high quality product that suits the décor of your home and matches your home heating needs.

Begin with the 5 steps below to help you determine your needs and wants.  Then  you can “Trust the Experts” at California Window & Fireplace to take it from there to make your fireplace dreams a reality!

Where Will Your Fireplace Go In Your Home?

Decide where will your fireplace go.  Is it replacing an existing fireplace or is it a new fireplace?

With today’s venting options, a fireplace can be installed almost anywhere in the home – in the center of the room, under a window or anywhere a gas line is available.

Consider a fireplace for nontraditional locations, such as the kitchen, home office, or master bedroom or bath. Even outdoor fireplaces by patios and decks are a very popular trend today.

Determine your Fireplace Goals & Do the Research

Determine Your Fireplace Goals: Do you want a fire for its aesthetic appearance or for its warmth?

Some fireplaces are more decorative. Other fireplaces are both heat efficient and visually pleasing.

What’s more, heat output is adjustable and can be controlled depending on your mood and the weather. Many fireplaces also work during power outages.

Do the Research: If you are replacing an existing fireplace, you will need to look into getting a gas fireplace insert. If it’s a new construction, you will need to research gas fireplaces.

If you are unsure of the difference between a fireplace insert and a fireplace, read this blog post on how to differentiate between inserts and fireplaces.

How to Differentiate Inserts & Fireplaces

Find Inspiration

Gather ideas to help you figure out what fireplace styles and surrounds you like. Check out these fireplace manufacturer’s idea galleries:

Want to take it one step further and visualize what a fireplace will look like in your home? Here are some handy tools:

  • Mendota Picture It App – Use this app to choose from one of the preloaded fireplace designs. Select a fireplace and then take a picture of the room that you would like to see it in. Save it to My Photos.
  • Regency Fireplace Design Center – Customize your fireplace, pick & choose accessories and find your look.

Take Photos & Measurements

If you are replacing an existing fireplace you will need to take measurements of the firebox and take photos of the current fireplace.  Download the fireplace measurement form here.

Firebox Measurement Form

Contact Us

Call or email us to set up a time so we can start putting your plans into motion!

Remember to bring in all of your photos, measurements and fireplace design ideas.

We look forward to working with you and helping you beautify and make your home dreams come true!