Linear Fireplace vs. Traditional – Which is Better For Your Space?

The crackling sound of a warm fire is a timeless pleasure, especially during the cold winter months. A gas fireplace can revamp any living area, providing cosiness and elegance. However, selecting the right fireplace style requires careful consideration, as each option has pros and cons. If you’re thinking about adding a fireplace to your home, you’ll want to consider the aesthetic and practical aspects of both options before choosing the perfect one for your space. Which overall style do you lean towards, a more contemporary or a more traditional rustic appearance?

Linear and traditional fireplaces are two of the most common styles that you’ll come across when choosing a new fireplace. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the differences between the two to help you decide which is best for your home.

Aesthetics – Traditional vs. Linear Fireplaces

The aesthetics of the fireplace should be a primary consideration when choosing. Traditional fireplace designs offer a classic, timeless look that enhances the room’s ambience. They typically have a mantle, brick or stone surround, and a firebox visible from the front. On the other hand, linear fireplace designs have a modern, contemporary feel that suits more modern-styled homes. They often have a sleek, simple design. They are wider than tall, making the fireplace ideal as a room divider. Despite the differences, traditional and linear fireplaces are visually appealing and can be the centrepiece of any room.

Linear gas fireplaces in Sydney offer a wide variety of media options to customise the look of the fire. From coloured glass and rocks to logs and crystals, linear fireplaces like the Lopi Probuilder 42 can be personalised to suit any décor style. On the other hand, traditional fireplaces typically offer a more limited range of choices for media.

Lopi ProBuilder™ 42 Linear GSB

Installation – Traditional vs. Linear Fireplaces

Installation is a vital factor to take into account when choosing a fireplace. Traditional fireplaces require chimneys, which can be expensive and time-consuming to install. Getting the appropriate paperwork, permits, and approvals before installation is essential. Conversely, the linear fireplace is simpler to install because it doesn’t require a chimney. However, it needs to vent via an exterior wall or roof. Linear fireplaces also have flexible installation options, making them perfect for corners or other smaller spaces within a room.

Because of their contemporary design, linear fireplaces can be placed in different areas of a room. They can be installed at a higher level on the wall, set in a corner, or even mounted on a pillar. The Lopi 3615 HO GS2 linear fireplace is minimalist, so the surrounding area can be designed in numerous ways to fit various styles. Traditional fireplaces, however, are typically placed in the centre of a wall and require symmetry to look their best.

Lopi 3615 HO GS2 Linear fireplace

Heating Capability – Traditional vs. Linear Fireplaces

Both linear and traditional fireplaces are designed to provide heat to a large room. However, linear fireplaces like the Lopi 4415 HO GS2 tend to have higher heating capabilities than traditional fireplaces due to their larger size and additional features, such as fans and blowers. Traditional fireplaces provide radiant heat, which warms up objects and spaces rather than the air.

Lopi 4415 HO GS2 fireplace

Cost – Traditional vs. Linear Fireplaces

Cost is always a consideration when it comes to any home renovation project. Traditional fireplaces are traditionally more expensive than linear fireplaces because they require a chimney, which can be a significant expense. The building codes and regulations for installing a chimney also add to the overall cost. On the other hand, linear fireplaces are generally less expensive to install. The Lopi Probuilder 72 doesn’t require a chimney. It has lower heating costs, making it more suitable for budget-conscious homeowners.

Lopi ProBuilder™ 72 Linear GS2

Choosing between linear and traditional fireplaces ultimately depends on your preference and home style. A conventional fireplace may be the perfect choice if you prefer a classical, timeless design. A linear fireplace is the best pick for a modern and chic look. Consider each style’s functional aspects, installation, and overall cost. Whatever your choice, investing in a high-quality fireplace will add to your home’s value and make it a more enjoyable and comfortable living space during the colder months.

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