20 Inspiring Finished Attics with Fireplaces

The attic is one space in the home that homeowners don’t necessarily readily think to use as living space. More times than not, the attic remains an unused, or extra storage space. However, if you have an ample amount of square footage in your attic, you can turn that unused space into living space that can be utilized as a bedroom, rec room, hobby room, or any number of other options. It’s a great way to add square footage onto your home for resale value, as well as create more room in your home for things you need and want, when you don’t have room for it on the main living quarters. You can cozy-up the attic living space by adding a fireplace to the room. It’s not only stylish, but it’s a great way to heat the room during the cold winter months. If you have thought about converting your attic and think a fireplace would be a great addition to the room, here are a few things for you to consider.

Building codes

Before you begin the process of adding a fireplace to your attic, you’ll first want to check with your city building department to find out the details of the building codes. This may effect things like the height of a chimney, the construction of the flue and firebox, among other things, depending on the type of fireplace you want to install.

Types of fireplaces

With the many types of fireplaces available today, there is probably a type that would work in your attic space. You can choose from the typical wood burning masonry type fireplace, gas, electric, ventless, and more. There are several things that play a role in what type of fireplace would work best in your attic. Once these things are determined, they will help you determine what type and style you can choose from. Here are a few things you’ll want to know before purchasing a fireplace or beginning the installation of a fireplace.

  • What your city building codes are for installing a fireplace in your home or attic
  • How much space you have for a fireplace in the attic
  • How it will be ventilated
  • What type of budget you have for the fireplace
  • Your style and preference

Consider the size of your attic space, and scale the type and size of the fireplace accordingly. If you plan to use your fireplace as a functional fireplace to heat the room during the colder months, you’ll want to make sure that it is large enough, and puts out enough heat to heat the space efficiently. Keep in mind that if your attic space is on the small side, you don’t want to have a fireplace that consumes a lot of the square footage and makes the room look and feel awkward. On the other end of the spectrum, a large attic room might be able to handle a larger style fireplace, but larger rooms give you more options to work with, like a small wood burning stove or small electric fireplace, can look quaint and make the room a bit cozier set-up in a corner of your finished attic room.

For more fireplace ideas for your finished attic, take a look at the following 20 inspiring finished attics with fireplaces to get more ideas.

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