Twice as Nice: Double-Sided Fireplaces

Written by Megan Gerdes

mcdermott remodeling double sided fireplacesNothing makes a house feel like home quite like a warm, crackling fireplace. Top that off with a  well-dressed mantlepiece, and you have a recipe for a beautiful, ultra-cozy home feature. Cuddle up with your partner, enjoy game night with the family, or entertain friends in front of your roaring fireplace. Is there a better way to spend your downtime as the days become cooler? We think not! 

But what if you are looking for something untraditional? Sure, brick and plaster fireplaces are easy on the eyes and make a great focal point for any room, but you are different, and you want something a little more unusual, something with a bit more flair and pizzazz than the average model. Enter the double-sided fireplace.

The Pros of a Double-Sided Fireplace

The double-sided fireplace does more than just take your room’s aesthetic to the next level. It is also a practical way to divide two rooms while ensuring that both spaces remain stylistically cohesive. Open-concept layouts are all the rage right now, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to break up a cavernous space without closing the room off entirely. Double-sided fireplaces are one way to accomplish this without having to compromise the logistical flow or style of your home.

Double-sided fireplaces are ideal for letting the natural light flow through—and not just when there’s a fire lit. Rooms that share a common wall can both benefit from the double-sided fireplace’s illumination. Whether it’s the sun shining through the hearth or the cozy glow of a fire, everyone is sure to enjoy the extra light that the double-sided fireplace brings to your home.  

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On top of being a stunning feature that you and your guests will admire, the double-sided model will help you get the most use out of your fireplace. Occupants of both rooms will be able to enjoy the glow and warmth of the fireplace, and you can save on heating expenses to boot. Heating two rooms at once is a snap, and space-warmers have never been as convenient or glamorous!

If you have a full or partial wall that feels like it lacks something, this could be the perfect spot to install your double-sided fireplace. Just remember that if you’re installing a double-sided fireplace in anything larger than a three-foot-tall partial wall, you’ll need the right wall supports in place to keep everything safe and sturdy.

The Fire Facts

Let’s talk about money. If you love fireplaces and you like the idea of having one in every room, but you balk at the budget, the double-sided fireplace might be just the thing for you. Installing a double-sided fireplace is more cost-efficient than installing two separate ones. Keep in mind that although the initial cost can be a little higher, many homeowners find the investment worthwhile. 

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Of course, when it comes to pricing the installation of a fireplace, there are plenty of factors at play:

  • Will the fireplace be gas, electric, or wood-burning?
  • How large will it be? Where will it be installed?
  • What kind of materials will be used, and what quality are they?
  • What kind of ventilation will you be using, if any? 
  • What kind of labor will be required for installation?
  • Will you be getting custom masonry or other custom work done?

There’s a lot to consider. However, if you intend to install multiple fireplaces anyway, a double-sided feature is the more affordable route.

You might also be wondering if it’s possible to turn a conventional single-sided fireplace into a double-sided one. This can be a tricky procedure and should only be taken on by a professional. 

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Seeing Double Yet?

Does the double-sided fireplace sound like it’s up your alley? If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to make an eye-catching statement in your living room or spice up your master suite, then look no further. A double-sided fireplace is a striking, luxurious, and modern addition to any home, and the perfect way to transform a dark, enclosed room into a warm and cozy haven where you’ll want to spend all your time.

Whether you want your double-sided fireplace to be cool and contemporary or classically elegant, J.T. McDermott Remodeling can help make it happen. We have served the greater St. Louis area and beyond since 1993, and are known for our professional, high-quality work. When you’re ready to bring on the heat with a new fire feature, we’re here for you! Connect with us today, and let’s get started.

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