As you design your custom luxury home, you’ll be faced with a decision: Do you want to add a fireplace?
And if so, do you want that fireplace to be powered by natural gas or wood?
There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of fireplace, so it’s worth taking your time and weighing your options. What do you care about most—having the traditional look and feel of wood, or enjoying the clean, low-maintenance operation of natural gas? Ultimately, it comes down to your priorities.
However, to help you make your decision, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of natural gas fireplaces and wood-burning fireplaces. Take a look below!
Natural Gas Fireplace
- Super-easy to use—often involving a simple switch, remote control, or on/off button.
- Low maintenance with no mess.
- Easy to customize and install.
- Available in limitless styles.
- Energy-efficient heating.
- No smoke, which means better indoor air quality.
- More budget-friendly to install.
- Requires installing a gas line.
- Not a renewable resource.
- No crackling fire or woodsy smell.
- Classic brick aesthetic.
- Cozy ambiance with crackling fire and woodsy scent.
- Renewable resource.
- Customizable appearance and various façade options.
- Retains heat well.
- More expensive installation.
- Requires you to procure, chop, and cure your own wood for burning.
- Requires annual chimney sweeping and maintenance.
- Emits smoke and pollutes indoor air.
Of course, as you’re planning the design and layout of your custom luxury home, you can always ask the expert builders at John Falvella Construction Services for guidance. Since we have an in-house architect, we’ll be able to work together and advise you on the option that best fits your budget and lifestyle.