|With a view like this, the fireplace needs to be quite "eye-popping" to compete. This one gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, |
"Dining around the fire."
|This is a triple-sided fireplace which is designed to theoretically heat both rooms. In practice, most of the heat goes straight up the chimney. |
The raised hearth is quite popular at family get-togethers, though.
|The basement family room fireplace also features a raised|
hearth. Bookshelves were designed flanking both sides to
structurally support the weight of the fireplace above.
|Prehistorical altar of Monte d'Accoddi (Sardinia), 4000 to 3200 AD. |
Though it bears little resemblance to traditional fireplaces, some of the more contemporary designs seen below seem inspired by its monolithic minimalism.
|Okay, it's not ideal for cooking (roasting hotdogs maybe), but the kitchen fireplace does bring back both the physical and emotional warmth of its early ancestor.|
|The traditional fireplace (as to style). I'm not sure, |
some of these may, in fact, be gas or electric.
It's hard to tell now days.
|Not your "cup of tea?" Check out the ones below...and the one at the top.|
|A fireplace for a coffee table? No problem.|
|Once more, I think these are all electric fireplaces but as before, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference, especially in photos.|
|A fireplace in front of a glass wall? Just make it a see-through unit. The line between fireplaces and the old-fashioned gas heater can be "pretty," but also pretty thin.|
|Nothing like bathing before a roaring fire...|