Fireplaces were traditionally built with either stone or brick. They had brick faces and wooden mantels with ornate and carved designs on them.
One stone fireplace could take up an entire wall of the room, which was not a problem as the rooms too were large in size. Brick fireplaces not only add true aesthetic value, but can help create the very personality of the room. A warm fire burning in the fireplace will warm anyone’s heart on a cold occasion. Brick fireplaces add warmth to the home and have a timeless quality about them. Unique design and pleasing proportions are the beginning of a fireplace which will provide an artistic blend of form and function.
Brick fireplaces are durable, strong and affordable. They resist absorption of grease or oils and smoky soot, and enhance the look of the room. Special shapes and decorative bricks can be used for these fireplaces. There is so much that can be done with a brick fireplace as almost anything can be shaped from clay and incorporated into or onto bricks to create a decorative effect with various imaginative images in brick. Numerous brick finishes and styles are available to provide an ‘antiqued’ or if required, contemporary feel to your brick fireplace.
These fireplaces are also easy to maintain and can be washed with a solution of warm water and washing powder (containing trisodium phosphate). If something stronger is needed it will not be hard to find commercial products designed for this purpose. They will remove grime, grease, smoke, soot and discolouration.
A Brick fireplace have to be built on site. A good bricklayer will ensure that mess is kept to a minimum but you will almost certainly have to-decorate the wall onto which the fireplace is mounted. Brick choices include mini bricks - half the size of a standard brick - and consider brick patterns like Herringbone where the bricks are coursed.
The beauty of brick fireplaces is that they can be built indoors or outdoors and give the same aesthetic pleasure.