A modern three sided fireplace is often designed to be used in a modern, luxurious studio apartments. There are both pros and cons to this type of fireplace. For instance, if the apartments has a full-sized living area and kitchen with the fireplace situated at the other end of the living room, most of the heat will be lost before it reaches the kitchen. However, if the fireplace is situated between the kitchen and living room it will function as a small dividing wall between the two rooms, will delivering heat to the kitchen and dining areas.
Pros to Three Sided Fireplaces Include:
Even Heat Dissipation - A three sided fireplace is commonly positioned on a dividing wall in luxury studio apartments between two full sized rooms. The heat is more evenly dissipated compared to a conventional fireplace facing out of one wall. With this type of fireplace, the heat can be clustered in one area rather than spread throughout the entire living space.
Unusual Focal Point - Everyone wants a statement piece of furniture in their house. A modern three sided fireplace will definitely get people talking as they are very uncommon and extremely stylish. Even if your guests have more traditional tastes, it will get a healthy debate going and oil the conversation cogs for the evening.
Safety - The three sided fireplace is safer than many other types of fireplaces due to the glass surrounding the flame. This is perfect if you have small children. Although you can get fire guards for open flame fires, these tend to ruin the visual appeal of the fireplace.
Cons to Three Sided Fireplaces Include:
Mismatching Styles - When decorating a three sided fireplace, many people try and give each side a different personality. Modern décor and simplistic decor come hand in hand in most cases. However, many people design each fireplace differently and it ruins the simplistic element.
Correct Wall Supports - This is not really an issue if the three sided fireplace is placed in a partial divide that is only 3-feet high. However, if you are going to install a three sided fireplace in a floor to ceiling partial divide then you need to make sure that you are using the correct supports. Essentially, you are resting the weight of the center of your house on your fireplace and without the correct supports it could collapse.
High Cost - A three sided fireplace is a new concept on the market at the moment. All new ideas and advances in technology come with a higher price tag than the items that have been around for years. This fireplace is no different, so it is definitely only worth installing if you have the cash to spare and are planning on living in your property for the foreseeable future. If you carry out a price comparison on the Internet then you will find that the average price for one of these fireplaces is between $2000 and $3000.