Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Indoor moisture shouldn’t be an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ concernEven when condensation isn’t evident on our windows, Kiwis need to be aware of how trapped water vapour affects their indoor environment.Want to learn how to combat condensation in your home? Click on the image below to find out more...
Heating a home is one thing, but for many homeowners, the constant battle with crying windows is all too...
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We are often asked “what is a clean air approved wood fire and why do we have to have one where we live?”...
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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Chimney, or no chimney?

Chimney, or no chimney?

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up.

Words by Living Flame

When working with an architect to design and build your dream home, at some point the question of whether the home should have a chimney or not often crops up. With many of today’s modern fireplaces there is no reason to incorporate a conventional chimney or flue system as they can vent through exterior walls using either a balanced flue or power flued system. But these styled flue systems have different side issues, longevity questions and can often be more involved to install, where a conventional chimney has proved to be very successful for thousands of years, and should always be considered as the first option where possible.

A good starting point when working with the architect is to decide what you’d like to see when you are driving towards your new home, then think about what it might look like from your lounge suite and find what the fireplace that best fits from there.

In some cases, the chimney is a design element of the exterior, with careful planning given the structure and its design aesthetic. For some roofs of a lower pitch, often with height boundary issues, the flue simply penetrates the roof and travels up a short distance- when powder coated to the same finish as the roof the flue can be a unique design feature in itself.

Traditionally, the chimney was constructed first and the house built around it.

The chimney provided a place for the cooking and heating and helped with the positive airflow throughout the home. In today’s multi-level, increasingly airtight homes, chimneys can be more difficult to fit that floor plan, but often provide the simplest, maintenance free way of operating a fireplace.  If the conventional chimney is not right for you it’s great to know there are several options that still allow you to enjoy the luxurious warmth of a fireplace.

Get in touch with
Living Flame

Request pricing/info
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