When you consider design elements,
you get to play with the rules and mix it up a little bit and have some fun.
Most designers will tell you that good design is all about the mix not the
match. The components that go into the art of building a fireplace is no
exception. When building almost anything the rules to consider are form and
function. The architect’s point of view is definitely function and how everything
works or is engineered. However, the design is what makes it pleasing to the
eye and comforting to live in.
There are 5 main design elements
that form the formula for building a fireplace.
The first element is the type of fire itself.
The consideration of wood or gas
is most relevant in the final stage – lighting the fire. With real wood fire
you will never be short of crackling wood fire and real burning light. The
alternative is to enter gas. There are many new and different designs for gas
fires and their own insert models.
The second element to consider is facing the structure.
This is where there are the most
trends, even regionally. Traditionally, brick has been the first choice among
homeowners. With the advent of artificial stone, cost and availability make it
a popular choice. A coat of stucco has always been popular in the southwest
regions. We even see a modern trend of poured concrete or even fabricated
metals in very contemporary structures.
The third element is choice of mantle.
This is where the fun really
starts. How much mixing and matching do you feel comfortable? Something to keep
in mind is balance and proportion. Mixing ingredients and even style is smart
and sexy, making sure your coat doesn’t exceed your fireplace or vice versa.
The fourth element
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Selecting a green architect is no
easy task. You need to be weary of inexperienced contractors who may want to
take you for a ride and will create a ton of needless obstacles for you during
your project. By selecting the proper architect for your green project, you’ll
rest assured they will build the essentials needed to ensure you have every
element successfully fulfilled for the best green living.
Conventional building need not apply…
Green building is the least
conventional style available today. Not only does it integrate features you may
have never thought of, but it will require your immediate attention to many
facets of the project that you may not encounter with traditional building
practices. While you may be spending more up front for an investment, you will
reap the benefits of a green dwelling for years to come by just doing a bit of
homework before diving in to the project. First, search the web for LEED
certified builders as well as creating search for green architects in or near
your zip code. You can search the EcoBuilding Guild for these architects as
well as research them on your own. You may want to take a few classes of your
own so you’re able to talk with the architect about the project.
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When searching for a green
architect, ask many questions about the project. Ask about the utilization of
energy efficient products, salvaged materials and reuse of land materials that
will be extracted during the demolition. Find an architect that has a focus
that aligns with your own whether it is strictly on building with green
materials, or healthy building and living in general.
Experience is key…
Once you’ve decided on a few
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