Adding a Gas Fireplace To Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

A Master Suite Remodel With a Gas Fireplace

Nothing is quite as romantic as a roaring fire on a cold winter night. Imagine the luxury of falling asleep to a warm comfortable fire every night in your master bedroom. If you’re planning a master suite remodeling project, adding a gas fireplace will enhance the design of the space and create a romantic inviting atmosphere.

Today’s gas fireplace technology has improved from the days of static, anemic blue flames and fake looking logs. Modern gas fireplaces burn more realistically, complete with glowing red embers and tall yellow flames that dance around realistic ceramic- fiber logs that are molded using the real thing.

A gas fireplace requires no tending, needs the occasional dusting, can act as a heat source for the bedroom, and turns on and off at the touch of a button. Nothing is easier to use, more convenient, or more energy efficient than a modern gas fireplace.

Adding a fireplace to your master suite remodeling project is a fairly simple process, although you will need to make sure that any fixture you choose meets your local building codes. If you’re looking for a fireplace for a bedroom, you’ll need to focus your search on direct-vent models as most localities do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in the bedroom.

Three Types of Gas Fireplaces For Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are three basic configurations of gas fireplaces. All are available as either vented, or vent-free versions, they are:

  • Inserts, which are used to retrofit existing fireboxes with a unit that is more convenient and efficient.
  • Built-Ins, which are used when there is no existing fireplace in the bedroom.
  • Log Sets, which are basically units that sit in existing, open, fireplaces.

Inserts and built-ins are reliable heat sources that fill your space with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. Log sets are generally used more for their look than for heating. In order to be used in a master suite remodel, any unit you choose must vent the fumes to the outside of your home.

This is critical when choosing your gas fireplace. According to Section 303.3 of the International Fuel Gas Code, homeowners are prohibited from using a model that gets its combustion air from the bedroom. So unvented fireplaces and natural-vent gas fireplaces or wood burning fireplaces with gas logs are typically prohibited. Some local codes actually require the manual to clearly state that the unit is “bedroom approved.”

Building codes and regulations can vary widely. For example, in some states, unvented gas fireplaces are allowed in a bedroom, as long as they are under 10,000 BTUs. Most localities, however, do not allow unvented gas fireplaces in a bedroom, period. Your design build remodeling contractor can supply more information on your local codes.

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Considerations For Adding A Gas Fireplace to Your Master Suite Remodeling Project

There are some considerations if you’re planning on adding a gas fireplace to your master suite remodeling project. As just explained, any fireplace used in a bedroom needs to be a vented unit. Fuel, cost, BTUs, and maintenance are all valid concerns, so here are some facts:

• What do They Cost?

For a heat producing fireplace insert or built-in fireplace, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $2000 to $7000 or more for the unit including installation. This does not include a decorative work like a mantle, tile surround , unique stone surround etc. Costs can vary depending on the scope of work required to properly vent your fireplace.

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• Fuel Choices

Gas fireplaces are available that burn both natural gas and propane. Natural gas is generally less expensive and produces about five percent more heat. When natural gas isn’t available, choose propane.

• Venting Options

There are two venting options available for use in a master suite bedroom.

Natural venting or B vent is used if you have an existing wood burning fireplace with a chimney in the space. A flexible metal pipe is installed in the chimney which exhausts the combustion by-products and the room air out of the house.

Direct Venting draws in outside air for combustion, then expels the spent air back outside through a dual (co-linear) venting system which eliminates the heat loss associated with a conventional chimney. The vent line can be run through the roof, or out the side or back of the house. Direct vent units must have a sealed glass door to maintain proper combustion and proper indoor air quality.

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• Care and Maintenance

Expect to pay about $150 annually for a certified technician to come and clean the unit and adjust the burner to keep your fireplace soot free and natural looking.

• BTUs

The heat output of gas fireplaces varies depending on the type and any additional options like a blower fan to distribute heat. Your contractor can help you size the BTU output to match your room size, local climate, and your home’s insulation level.

Along with these basic features, seek out a fireplace that offers you options like a variable height adjustment, thermostatic control, electronic ignition with a battery backup – you’ll love this feature when the power is out. If your unit is meant to act as a primary or secondary heat source make sure it has a built-in fan.

At Joseph & Berry, we can help you to choose the perfect fireplace for your master suite remodeling project. Gas fireplaces are available in a number of sizes, various BTU outputs, and every style from Victorian to ultra-modern. Our design team can incorporate the perfect fireplace to match your aesthetic taste and style.

If you want to learn more about a Master Suite Remodeling in Dallas, call us today through (800) 371-8970 or schedule an appointment and speak with one of our qualified professionals




Dallas Home Remodeling Style – Mediterranean Kitchen Design

One of the favorite features in the traditional Mediterranean kitchen is beautiful ceramic or terra cotta tile work. To get a truly Mediterranean feel you might choose a single color tile with a decorative shape for the floor or colorful tile with a simple design for the backsplash. In a cool colored kitchen, tile offers a great opportunity to add warmth, personality and an exciting focal point into your design.

Consider “Reclaimed” Wood

Reclaimed wood can add warmth and depth to any kitchen. Beams and dark wood elements are often seen in a traditional Mediterranean design. Why not add multiple reclaimed wood elements like shelving, beams, molding, and furniture to create multiple focal points.


Use Black Hardware in a Contemporary Style

Wrought iron is a staple in traditional Mediterranean design. Often wrought iron decorative elements like brackets and railings are used to accent the wood and tile. For a more contemporary look, wrought iron hardware can add a modern element to a traditional style. Don’t be afraid to use distressed hardware, especially if the other elements are crisp and new.

Consider Open Shelving Instead of Upper Cabinets

Open shelving can add a feeling of openness to your kitchen design. Plus you get the added benefit of introducing other design elements of color and pattern to your space with decorative plates, glassware, and pottery. Floating shelves can add a clean, contemporary feel to a Mediterranean design by providing balance to the larger, heavier details.


Modernize With Contemporary Lighting

Lighting is the perfect way to update and modernize your kitchen space. Moving away from more traditional lighting elements to ones featuring a contemporary shape can give you the best of both worlds. When shopping for fixtures, look for ones that complement the style of your kitchen using materials and colors that match your choices of color and materials. Make sure to go beyond standard fixtures and consider adding ambient elements like flush spotlights and under cabinet lighting.


For Contrast, Introduce Modern Furniture

Bright modern furniture can freshen up your space and add an interesting element to a traditional classic style. Swapping out dark wood tables or chairs for brighter more contemporary furniture can drastically change the vibe and style of your kitchen. The simple clean lines of modern design furniture can add a fun element that feels fresh and contemporary to create your own unique Mediterranean style!

Don’t Forget To Accessorize!

One of the wonderful elements of the Mediterranean style is the creative use of eclectic elements to decorate the space. Accessories like interesting ceramic pieces, flower patterns, copper and of course wrought iron are the perfect design element for a true Mediterranean style kitchen.

Consider hanging beautiful copper pots and pans from a wrought iron rack to add visual pop to the central work area. Tapestries, paintings, photographs and other artwork the feature the Mediterranean countryside can provide an old and elegant look for a more rustic approach. Whatever your style or aesthetic taste, the Mediterranean kitchen lends itself to creative personalization.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider the creative style that the Mediterranean kitchen design can bring. Whether you’re striving to achieve a dark, elegant, traditionally rustic look, or the eclectic combination of traditional and modern design, the Mediterranean kitchen is the perfect style for you!

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Selecting Guest Bathroom Lighting Fixtures When Remodeling

A Home Remodeling Guide To Lighting in Your Guest Bathroom

Redesigning a guest bathroom or powder room is an opportunity for you to showcase your home and create a true sanctuary for your visitors. Deciding on bathroom lighting – with consideration to the varying needs of your guests, particularly during the busy holiday season – can be a daunting task. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom bathroom lighting design that will flawlessly serve this problematic space, creating not only functionality but also an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation for your guests. Before embarking on any design-build project, here are some points to keep in mind for your guest bathroom lighting.


Lighting the vanity

The vanity and sink areas are where the most light is needed in the guest bathroom. This is where visitors will be completing their morning routines and doing tasks like shaving and applying makeup that requires bright, even light.

For this area of the bath, wall-mounted lighting fixtures work best, either to the sides or directly around the mirror. Avoid lighting the bathroom mirror area from above – it creates ugly shadows on the face. Wall sconces at eye level are a classic look that provides the perfect amount of light for getting ready. For a statement option, two small pendants on either side of the mirror are an elegant choice.

If you are remodeling a small powder room or have other space concerns, a bath bar installed above the mirror or two mounted vertically along the sides create bright, streamlined bathroom lighting.

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Bathroom lighting for the whole room

Many homes have out-of-date or inadequate bathroom lighting, so when undertaking a bathroom remodel, an update to the overall wattage or “ambient” light of the room is necessary. The lighting of any bathroom should be functional for bathing and safety, but also to create a mood. Particularly for the guests in your home, a bath is a place of sanctuary, refuge, and privacy, where they can relax after a long flight or drive. Having a mix of fixtures in the bathroom, including the vanity task lighting as well as decorative ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting allows for a combination of options that will satisfy any guest.

The bathtub area is a particularly great space to create comfort and relaxation. Consider a decorative or statement fixture directly above the tub space, with some additional small, recessed lights if necessary. For a romantic touch, have the remodeling team install a wall-mounted candle sconce. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful detail and the indulgent relaxation of a candlelit bath.


General bathroom lighting tips

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area is blessed with plenty of sunshine. If you’re struggling with a dark bathroom, don’t underestimate the power of natural light. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom design, maximizing the sunlight in your space, and impressing your guests with a relaxing, natural atmosphere.
  • Consider adding dimmers to all of your bathroom lighting fixtures. This allows your guests to comfortably fix their own atmosphere. During the day, they may not want the full force of the lighting fixtures, and at night, having a dimmer is a great way to help them relax and wind down.
  • Make sure your bathroom fixtures are UL damp-rated or wet-rated for maximum durability and safety. Damp-rated fixtures are ideal for a mirror and overhead lighting in the bath, while wet-rated fixtures are needed for any lighting above a tub or shower.Having a professional team to oversee the lighting design and installation will create peace of mind and ensure the project is done right. At Joseph & Berry Luxury Remodeling company in Dallas that offers design & remodel service, we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer. Contact us to learn more about design-build or click for additional read about our process.