Variety in Fireplace Design Ideas

When I was a young child, some 50 odd years ago, there was pretty much one type of fireplace, perhaps two depending upon where you lived. There were traditional fireplaces that could be converted to use coal, and there were wood burning fireplaces. Coming on the horizon would be cast-iron, wood burning stoves that were used primarily to heat and humidify the home and occasionally, for those who chose to cook upon. As in so many other areas of life, options have multiplied to the point of choices being experienced as overwhelming. Take fireplace design ideas as an example.

Fireplaces can be broken out in to two main types: those that function inside of a structure and those that are used out-of-doors. Within the home, you can now add to the above-mentioned fireplace ideas. Now, there are natural gas fireplaces that can be inserted in to the mouth of a traditional fireplace. Others are free standing with specialized, insulated piping running out through an opening in the wall. There are multiple types of electric fireplaces. These are mobile units and easily operated and maintained. There are also fireplace design ideas that are primarily for “show”. These too come as a mobile unit designed to set flush against a straight wall or to fit neatly in to a 90 degree corner of a room. What these units lose in practical functionality, i.e., heat generation, they make up for in the artistic beauty of the mantel piece.

As for the out-of-door variety of fireplaces, here too you will not be disappointed in the variety of options. I live in northern Maine and grew up with the end-of-season bonfire. These are no longer considered safe because they are not “contained”. Therefore, left to our own ingenuity, we now have free standing fire pits made of various materials, specific to purpose and form. Some are made of traditional cast-iron, some of porcelain, others of mortar and brick, and others of adobe. The physical designs are considered art forms unto themselves. If you are unable to find what it is your mind’s eye envisions, sketch it out and bring it to a local artisan. They may be able to create what you are looking for.

House Floor Plan Software – Home Design Software Ideas

Nowdays the computer age is making software for a dazzling array of uses. One such genre is
house floor plan software. With this type of program, you can quite literally be your own
architect! Whether you’re a home hobbyist or a trained professional, anyone can now use
software to do everything from create house floor plans to landscaping the back yard of your
dreams. Home design software ideas can go from dreams to reality with the touch of a button.

Creating house floor plans from home design software can be accomplished in just a few easy
steps. Most programs have a number of notable features.

1. Design, publish and print completed designs in 3D for yourself, family and customers.

2. Customize the home’s exterior by adding dormer windows, skylights, sun decks, balconies,
terraces, and patios. Door styles and window types can also be customized.

3. Calculate and manage the cost of materials. This feature makes it easy to keep your house
floor plan design within you housing budget.

4. Lighting effects and shifting patterns of sunlight and moonlight can be created in order
to see what effect the placement of windows will have on a room via 3D movies.

5. A built-in interior design program and furniture gallery can be used to create different
themes before money is spent on interior decor.

6. Some software programs offer an optional landscape and garden program which allows the
user to create a detailed design of yard desired right down to the flowers and ornaments.
The landscape created can then be viewed through the change of seasons in order to create a
colorful landscape year round. Most programs offer drag-and-drop capabilities that make
designing your dream yard easy and fun.

Because most house floor plan design software runs on the local hard drive of your computer,
you should keep the software system requirements in mind when making a selection. The system
capabilities of your home computer should always meet or exceed the system requirements of
the software you intend to purchase in order to properly execute the program. Knowing these
facts will save time and frustration.

Fireplace Design Ideas For That Perfect Design

When contemplating different design ideas, start with the hearth. You should consider different positional placing for the hearth. You can have it rest on the floor. Or you can suspend it so it is above the floor. The final option is to sink it, so it rests lower than the floor.

There is also the occasional fireplace design idea that does not incorporate a hearth at all. In these special circumstances, there are things you must do to the firebox so the floor doesn’t get burned. You can dress your fireplace up with different hearths.

If you are on a budget, this is where you can really stretch your dollar to design something that looks beautiful but is inexpensive.

The firebox itself is pretty straightforward, and like the hearth, generally is designed in relation to the floor. Also, the size of the firebox should be taken into consideration.

While most design ideas incorporate a rectangular fireplace opening, it doesn’t mean that you have to. For example, you can flare out the opening; you can even flare it inward, toward the fireplace.

Or perhaps you’d like to arch the top to match other design elements in the room. Or maybe you’d like to try something unique and create a fireplace opening that has no straight lines at all, but is one long curve. The most likely place you’ll see these opening are in homes that have a southwest theme.

Remember that each of these elements will affect all other elements, and also will influence the feel of the room. Keep this in mind when considering different fireplace design ideas.