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Old 03-08-2008, 06:17 PM
 
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Default No real wood fireplaces in new homes anymore?

We have been looking in the "lowly middle-class" home price range of under $160k, and I have seen gas log fireplaces in all. But what about real wood fireplaces? Why can't I get a real one? The sales guy at one neighborhood said it was something about real wood fireplaces are bad for the environment. I was like, what? Since when did that happen??? Do you have to buy a house over $200k to get a real wood fireplace?
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:34 PM
 
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Not sure. We have 2 real fireplaces.

it may be the newer homes too. Have you looked at some older homes?

Dawn

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Old 03-08-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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We have a real wood fireplace in our home.
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Old 03-08-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Right outside of Charlotte Uptown
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Just a thought but if you find a place you truly love and it doesn't have a wood fire place, get the gas and then buy a metal fire pit for the back yard.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:46 PM
 
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We have a real fireplace in our apartment, I know there are lots of older homes with real fireplaces. These are new homes I am looking at. And the deck wood pit is a great idea...
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Not sure why. We have owned three homes. One with wood burning, two with Gas. I like gas. Less mess and less chance of a fire. My in laws house burned down over Christmas, the cause? Wood burning fire place. I was paranoid before, now I am really paranoid. There is something nice about a cracking wood fire though. I just prefer mine be outside of my house
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:57 AM
 
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The demand is for gas and all you have to do is flip a switch vs. go out find firewood, clean the fireplace etc. People today want convenience. So you won't find any newer houses w/ ones. You will find older houses (say built before 1990) with them. But most people upgrade for resale anyways.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:18 AM
 
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There is a law in California against building homes with wood-burning fireplaces, but as far as I know, it's not yet law in NC.
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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Default Cost

A fireplace is an expensive addition to a house (well, a masonry one is - some are firebox inserts, I understand, and supposedly they are cheaper). Perhaps a contractor or someone w/ more knowledge can provide actual costs but my understanding is that building a wood burning fireplace and the proper chimney adds on $$$ so that is why many builders eliminate a wood burning fireplace.

Any builders or contractors out there who can better explain this?
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:31 AM
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Location: Mile High City
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I know..I feel the same way. I love a real wood burning fireplace..So I have gas now and I'm going to buy a see through chimney fireplace for the patio and buy that crackling wood I love so much!
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