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Installing a gas log fireplace

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If you’re looking to create a focal point in your living room, nothing does it quite like a gas log fire. These attractive and practical fireplace options are more popular than ever, offering the perfect finishing touch to living spaces across Australia. Whether you’re a fan of gas fires in general or you’re looking for the perfect gas log fireplace for redecoration, there are plenty of options out there to suit your needs.

If you’re thinking of installing gas log fires in your home, there’s more than one way to make the most of your space. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate a gas fireplace into your property to get the most out of these stylish and on-trend décor items:

Use existing cavity and fireplace spaces

Many properties have pre-existing fireplace spaces, making them the easy and practical choice for installing and brand-new gas log fireplace. Whether you’ve repurposed an existing space for storage or interior décor purposes, or you’ve got a space that’s going unused, installing a gas fire into an old fireplace is an excellent use of space. With many fireplaces having standard dimensions, it’s easy to find a gas fireplace to fit an existing gap.

If you’re already making use of an old fireplace as a focal point in your living room or bedroom, it’s even easier to transform your room with a gas fire. Because your décor is already centred around the space, a new fireplace is an enhancement instead of the start of a long renovation process. That means you’ve already got the foundations in place, and you can make the space even better with a stylish, brand-new gas fireplace as the finishing touch.

For older properties with fireplaces that have been covered by plaster or brick, you may be surprised to find that an existing fireplace still exists underneath. All it takes is a little extra work to unblock that space, and you’ve got a ready-built area for your new fireplace just like that. For older properties, plenty of features existing under the surface – you need to know where to look.

Create your own cavity

If you’re in a modern home with no existing cavity or your property isn’t equipped with an existing fireplace space, that means you have the freedom to create something all your own. Working with a local contractor or service, building a fireplace from the ground-up can be a great way to transform and add dimension to your living area or bedroom. There’s no doubt that a fireplace catches attention in all the right ways.

One of the bigger benefits of creating your own space is that you can decide exactly how everything looks. From the size and shape of the gas log fire you choose through to the mantle, everything is under your control. A fireplace installation can also provide an opportunity to transform the rest of a living, kitchen, or dining room space, with the potential for added storage or shelving to match your new setup nicely.

If you’ve got your eye on a specific gas log fire, going for creating something yourself means you can design around what you want. Instead of picking based on existing limitations, you can really create something that’s all yours. If you’ve got a particular aesthetic or style of interior décor in mind for your home, letting your imagination run wild might be the best thing you could do.

Replace an existing fireplace

Have an existing fireplace that’s going unused, or has been well-loved for many years? If you love to make your fireplace the focal point for events, family gatherings and day-to-day use, it might be time to swap out your old one for something shiny and new. Or if your existing fireplace is unwieldy and just a pain to get use out of, trying out something new could make a world of difference. Not only do you have a prepped and ready space for your new gas log fire, but you’ll be able to get the most out of it too.

Like any other appliance or piece of equipment around the home, fireplaces should be replaced now and then. Whether it’s for safety concerns, wear and tear over time or a full-on breakdown in need of repair, switching out an old fireplace for a brand-new gas log fireplace is a straightforward way to give your space a quick facelift. An outdated gas fire can make a room feel old and tired, but a shiny new one will have the opposite effect.

While some adaptation may be needed if you’re going from an old fireplace to something new, in most cases this will be a straightforward process. That means you could have your new fireplace ready and waiting for use quickly and easily. Pick one that’s the same size as your existing fire, and the transition might be even easier for you.

Go free-standing for an on-trend look

If you’re a big fan of clean lines and modern décor, you might want to forgo a fireplace cavity completely. There’s something that’s always stylish about a free-standing gas fire, providing a focal point without overwhelming the room. A free-standing fireplace can be simple to install too, and a professional should be able to fit one for you with ease. For that ultra-modern finish or streamlined interior design, free-standing is an excellent choice for any home.

For properties that are short on space or modern new builds, a smaller gas log fireplace without a recessed cavity can provide warmth and style without cutting into the room you already have. With a smaller footprint, a non-inbuilt unit can prevent the need to cut into your indoor space to build room for a cavity. If you’re not able to change walls, or can’t justify the cost of an expensive chimney fitting, free-standing might be the right fit for you.

With a wide selection of gas log fireplaces to suit every home, Illusion Fires is the best place to get a modern gas fire and transform your living spaces. Take a look at our full range of fires online today, or get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions about what we do.

Would you like to learn more? Read our guide on choosing a gas log fireplace here.

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