Modern vs Traditional Fireplaces

Modern vs Traditional Fireplaces

An Analysis of Aesthetics and Cost


In this chilly weather it’s hard not to daydream about a crackling fireplace. But what style is right for your home and lifestyle? And how much would that addition cost?

A fireplace is a focal point in any home. It offers a cozy gathering place for friends and family, and increases the value of your home by as much as $12,000. If you’re considering adding a fireplace to your home, or including it in your custom-built home plans, you have more options than ever.

Modern vs Traditional Fireplaces

The majority of homeowners opt for a traditional style fireplace that is either wood-burning or that replicate wood-burning (gas).

Wood-Burning Fireplace: Traditional Luxury, at a cost


A wood-burning fireplace starts at $7,000 but can cost well over $10,000. An open-hearth, wood-burning fireplace requires the skilled workmanship of a professional mason. Adding a fireplace to a home can also mean making an addition to your foundation in order to carry the added weight of the firebox and chimney.

Tip: Save money by using a simple drywall surround and a wall-mounted mantle.


Gas Fireplace: Almost as good as the real thing


A gas fireplace gives you the option of a traditional or modern look. Gas can be turned on with a switch, knob, or remote.  Gas fireplaces offer many choices other than fake logs. You can choose glass beads, crystals, river rocks, replica driftwood, or marbles. Your gas fireplace can even be built into the wall, making your fireplace look more like a piece of art. A gas fireplace also gives you the option to adjust temperature and flame height. A fireplace that burns natural gas or propane starts at about $4,500 for supplies and professional installation.

Tip: Opt for a direct-vent fireplace, saving you the cost of a chimney.


Electric Fireplace: Your Cheapest Option


If you’re desperate for a little warmth but short on money, then an electric fireplace is your best option. For a few hundred dollars and no more trouble than mounting a TV, you can keep a little warmer this winter. Electric fireplaces come in traditional and modern styles but hardly look like a real fire. Electric fireplaces are more-or-less a light display mimicking a fire with an attached heater.  However, electric fireplaces are often pet and child friendly as they are often cool to the touch when running. This option adds no value to your home.


Whether you’re considering adding a wood-burning or gas fireplace to your home or including it in your custom-built home, contact Putnam Builders for a FREE Consultation.



Putnam Builders has been building custom homes on the Gulf Coast of Texas and surrounding areas since 1963. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home in our design studio in Bacliff, TX or in the comfort of your own home. Please contact us at 281-339-0838 or request a free consultation here.





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