A fireplace can add atmosphere to your home on a cold winter evening, and it's the perfect place to gather the family during the holiday season. If you're planning a home addition, choose from just about any type of fireplace available. But, when adding a fireplace to your family room, you might find some a little easier to install than others.

When thinking about a fireplace, many people imagine a roaring fire with a big masonry hearth. A masonry fireplace can enhance just about any home. You can construct a masonry fireplace along with your home addition, but it may be difficult to add to an existing room. If you want to add a fireplace to a room, consider a prefab wood or gas fireplace.

Prefab fireplaces are usually a little more efficient than masonry fireplaces, and they can be an excellent supplement heat source when you add a blower kit. Prefab fireplaces come in many different sizes, from small units that foster a romantic atmosphere in your bedroom, to large units that create the focal point of a great room. You can also choose from a wide selection of hearths, surrounds, and mantles.

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