I have never lived in a house with a fireplace, nor been really exposed to a nice crackling fire on a cold evening. My sister and her family recently moved into a home with a fireplace and I realized how NICE it is to sit near the fire and watch it. Sure has me looking for ways to add a fireplace/wood stove to 'casa de crzydmnd72' LOL
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I have been sketching out plans to add on to our house soon (when money becomes a little less scarce) and this is almost exactly how I visioned the den. I probably should find a software program that will help me plot all this, I have been doing it the old way with a scale and pencil, have about 5 sketches that have the outside dimensions of the addition firmly in place, but I cant decide on the final interior plan. Add to this that I am not a designer or architect, and I keep revising the silly plans LOL. but I know what I want the hearth to look like