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Old 05-16-2014, 01:19 PM
Location: Naples, FL
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I'm going to be remodeling my house in Naples. I asked on this forum hoping to get a wider range of Florida opinions. I'm from the midwest where everyone has at least one fireplace.

Would it make sense to put in a gas fireplace in my house here? I already have a propane tank used for the cooktop and pool. I know it's personal preference but I am wondering how others in FL view a fireplace. Would it be a desireable feature when I sell someday? Or is it silly based on the few number of days needed.

Thank you.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:28 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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We're moving to Naples as soon as our condo in Chicago sells. We have lived in Illinois our entire lives and have had fireplaces that mostly never got used. Wish I had never put them in two houses we built-waste of wall space.

We're building again in Naples-no fireplace. I'd much rather have my TV hung on the wall at the right height so I can sit on the couch and not have to look up or tilt the TV down.

Another reason we didn't use the fireplace in the last house was we hung the TV on the wall above the fireplace. The heat rolled out of the fireplace up the wall and made the TV way too hot.

Just my opinion, but I don't get the allure of a fireplace, especially in Florida. Seems like a waste of money and wall space.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:40 PM
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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We moved to the Bradenton area from New York and wanted a fireplace in the house we built. I'd say we used it a handful of times each year but it was strictly for atmosphere and, as a wood burner, it was kind of a pain. In Naples, I have to say I don't see it. Here, we do see some cold weather so, even though we know it's kind of a superfluous addition, you can still rationalize that it makes sense. In Naples, I think it would feel....wrong.

For resale, appraisers here seem to give about $1-1.5K for a fireplace, if that helps. I think the gas firepit is a better idea for up here--not sure if it would work in Naples. Bottom line...and you know this...if it makes you happy and you can afford it, get it.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:20 PM
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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It will only be used for "fun" maybe 3-5 times a year you can get actual use out of it. Given the extra cost, maintance etc.. I would not do it. Is it nice to have? Sure. If the location works and you don't mind the cost for a few times a year of lighting it then do it. I enjoy fireplaces too. At the same time a house i grew up in Miami Beach had a real one. House was built in the 1920s. Never used it once.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:00 PM
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Perhaps a large fireplace screen saver for your tv would be an economical compromise.

Something like this perhaps

If you lived anyplace but Fla. the real fireplace would be something to be considered..
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:23 PM
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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I consider a fireplace a negative, especially in Florida.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:57 AM
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I also considered a fireplace a negative, as it just eliminated a wall that I could otherwise use for furniture.

One note of disclosure however, I had one fireplace in my first house in NY and two (one was a dual sided between the kitchen and family room, the other in the master bedroom) in the second house in NJ and we never used any of them. My husband doesn't like the smell of burning wood and we never got around to converting to gas.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:38 AM
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Fireplaces are fairly common and practical north of I4 but south of that it's really more a decorative piece. You'll still be able to use it a few times a year but don't plan on saving a ton on utilities because of it.
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:24 AM
Location: Central Florida
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Maybe buy one of those electric fireplaces for the ambiance. They make some that double as entertainment centers and some are normal size with a mantle. That's what we intend to do if we buy a house that doesn't have one. We're used to having one even though we rarely use it but like to decorate it for Christmas.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:08 PM
Location: Vero Beach
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Doesn't having a fireplace increase your home insurance cost ? Not to mention having to worry about critters and bugs getting in through the chimney. Nope, not worth it in southern Florida. I don't think it is a positive selling point for most people.
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