Here's the hottest and latest home improvement trend in the Valley Of The Sun - Phoenix Scottsdale.
Fireplaces. Sounds unusual for Arizona, but not quite as this is the trendiest home improvement to date.
Fireplaces in your bedroom, great room and in the backyard (firepits count as well). If you are thinking of adding a fireplace in the master bedroom or the great room, This might sound really tricky if you didn't do it before your home was built, but its quite possible. You can add a beehive fireplace in the bedroom or the great room and had a natural gas line run into the hearth to fuel the flames.
Before planning your fireplace, remember that burning wood indoors or out is heavily restricted in Arizona; you want to use natural gas or propane. Another issue is how you will vent the fireplace to provide air for the fire and to remove the exhaust. But I am told by competent contractors that there are actually a number of ways to do it safely.
They tell me that vents can be run through the walls to carry the exhaust to the exterior of your home, just as is done with clothes dryers. Vent-free fireplaces are also possible to install, but are strictly limited by city and county regulations based on the size of the room where they are being built. In Phoenix, for example, a vent-free fireplace can only produce 6,000 BTUs in the average-size bathroom. In a bathroom or small bedroom, you may not have enough space to do a fireplace without having a vent or chimney.
According to specialized fireplace and gas contractors, qualified plumbers can run gas lines over the roof to the room where you want the fireplace. Or you can install a propane tank just outside the bedroom or bathroom to supply fuel for the flames. You can also install an electrically lit fireplace, but it just doesn't provide the same kind of excitement that real flames will create.
One of the newest trends is to install linear (long, skinny style) fireplaces instead of the usual rectangles. For example, a fireplace that was five feet long horizontally might be only 14 inches high.
A firepit is a great place for family and friends to gather for parties or for the grandchildren to toast marshmallows.
Richard Bazinet - AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate