REFRESH AN OLD HOME WITH A MODERN FIREPLACE INSERT
When providing design services for clients with older homes, interior designers are presented with a variety of unique opportunities and challenges. Unlike new homes, many older homes have era-specific architectural features that offer a unique, creative foundation for expanding upon. At the same time, challenges are also inherent when updating older homes, such as limited space and declining structures. However, there’s one relatively inexpensive and very practical upgrade that lends itself perfectly to the majority of older homes with aged, drafty, wood-burning fireplaces: gas fireplace inserts.
Designers like Samantha Friedman know this and frequently incorporate gas fireplace insert upgrades into remodels of older homes. Friedman, who owns East Coast-based Samantha Friedman Interior Designs, LLC, has a philosophy of creating beautiful designs for clients that are livable and comfortable. She places priority on creating functional designs that address the specific needs and desires of the homeowner.
Friedman recently completed a redesign of a 100-year old home in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. Comfort and function were primary concerns for the client, who hired Friedman to remodel almost every room in the house.
From Obstacle to Opportunity
One of the biggest obstacles to address for Friedman was in a bathroom, which was a key space in the home. Right in the middle of the bathroom was an original, masonry wood-burning fireplace. Anchored directly in front of the bathtub, the fireplace was tired, drafty and unattractive.
The solution? Friedman arranged a complete facelift with a Heat & Glo COSMO gas fireplace insert. She chose this particular model for its unmistakable modern design and customizable options. She selected the Halo front in fog and crushed glass for the interior fire bed – a fine choice for a project merging traditional and modern design.
When asked where she drew design inspiration for incorporating a fireplace insert, Friedman said, “Men’s fashion. By using the gas insert, we made the space both functional and beautiful.”
Every home is different and Samantha Friedman aims to bring out unique personalities through layered colors and textures, while blending current styles with traditional elements. Visit her on her website, Houzz, and Pinterest.