The warm hearth of a fireplace is usually imagined with several inches of snow outside the home. San Antonio stone fireplaces, though, offer several benefits that don't require substantial snowfall to realize. Reduced heating costs, a romantic setting within the home, and a stunning addition to your home décor can all be realized with a stone fireplace installation in San Antonio.
Brick and Stone Fireplace in San Antonio
Most homeowners prefer stone fireplace surrounds, but brick or concrete can also be used for a more cost-effective installation. What you don't want is to pick a building material that's going to clash with the rest of your home décor. No matter how big or small your fireplace is or what room the fireplace is going in, it will be one of the decorative focal points of that room and, possibly, your entire home. Even in a warm climate like San Antonio, stone fireplaces frequently elicit compliments from houseguests. You may only use your fireplace a dozen times a year, but it will still add to the beauty of your home.
Outdoor Stone Fireplaces: San Antonio, TX
Of course, stone fireplaces aren't necessarily just for the inside of your home. Outdoor stone fireplaces can work for roasting marshmallows, as a makeshift grill, or as a viable and more pleasing substitute for outdoor patio heaters. As warm as the weather stays in this part of Texas, chances are, for about 4 months out of the year, your patio is going to need help to maintain a reasonably warm atmosphere for you and your guests. Just as the sound of running water is comforting in the middle of the summer, a crackling fire has no substitute in the winter months.
Cost of a San Antonio Stone Fireplace
The national average for a custom stone fireplace is around $3,100, and our numbers for stone fireplaces in San Antonio suggest this probably on par in the Alamo City, as well. For a home improvement project of this nature, though, the average isn't always telling. Whereas drywall repair or resurfacing an old bathtub can be a fairly straightforward project, stone fireplaces are really up to you. You can make them as simple or as elaborate, as cheap or as expensive as you want. The size, the type of stone or brick, and the design can make your stone fireplace as cheap as $800 or as expensive as $8,000.
Project Length of a San Antonio Stone Fireplace
Projecting how long a San Antonio stone fireplace will take to build/install is still far from an exact science, but we can give you a more concrete idea than the cost. Plan on about one or two weeks to get everything done. This is for a basic to moderate stone fireplace design. If you decide to shun the masonry contractor for a pre-fabricated unit, you can likely get the project done in a day. (Pre-fabricated units are also cheaper, but can lack in permanence and beauty.) For more elaborately customized fireplaces, your project might last closer to three weeks or a month.
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San Antonio Fire Department
The San Antonio Fire Department doesn't have a lot to say about fireplace safety, but use common sense whenever operating your stone fireplace. Here are some things the SAFD does say about fire safety, fireplaces, and carbon monoxide: