We probably changed our minds more about the fireplace than any other single element. From the beginning, we planned for a direct vent natural gas fireplace, which draws all combustion air from outdoors. Initially, we selected a pretty traditional unit that attempts to look like a wood fire. Then, we changed our minds and decided on a wider, more contemporary unit. Of course, like most other design changes, that added some cost.
|During framing, an area is framed for the fireplace.|
|The fireplace unit is installed and vent pipe is installed to the chimney. The vent pipe is actually a pipe within a pipe. The exhaust goes up through the inner pipe. Combustion air comes in through the outer pipe.|
|This shows the unit from behind. In addition to the air intake and exhaust, the installers hooked up a natural gas line and electrical controls. The electrical controls were later moved because they were in the way of the HVAC ductwork.|
|Here is the end product in operation.|