Nothing says “warm, cozy home” on a crisp fall evening or a frigid winter afternoon better than a crackling fire. A fireplace offers utility for cooking or heat, but it also is an ideal place to unwind or to share conversation with family and friends. While a roaring fire has undeniable appeal, the fireplace itself does a great deal to enhance a home’s overall ambience. As these examples show, whether rustic, modern, or traditional, a well-designed fireplace can become the centerpiece of the house it serves. For more cool fireplaces, check out the excerpt from Fire Places
(The Taunton Press, 2006).