My current home has two decorative fireplaces. My previous home had four. Older homes, especially in Pittsburgh, have fireplaces that serve no purpose other than adding a bit of character to a room. I must say the mantles of the fireplaces are great for setting things on that we want to keep out of the reach of our two year old, but a fake fireplace is definite overkill.
The fireplaces in our current home are totally blocked off so we can’t use them for storage. I was thinking of using a fireplace in our previous home as storage, but I really couldn’t justify it because we had decent-size closets. So, I considered doing something less practical and more aesthetic. I thought of placing dozens of logs into the fireplace. I liked that idea, but we were planning on moving at that point, so I never did it. Does anyone have any unique ideas that you have tried with your decorative fireplace? Any experience taking them out? I have no idea if getting rid of a fake fireplace changes the value of a home, so it might not be a good idea to get rid of them. Any lessons learned? Share them in the comments.
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