Saturday, December 1, 2007

More advice needed...

I was sitting around today, just mulling over some ideas, when it hit me.

With the basement family room renovation, a key issue is going to be the installation of a heating system of some sort. There are no radiators down there or anything. The basement basically relies on radiant heat from the pipes and any residual heat from the utility room. Now, it doesn't get COLD down there, but it is definitely cooler than anywhere else in the house, which is not a surprise. So, if we're going to basically live down there most of the time, we need to have a heating system of some sort.

I had figured I'd just have baseboard radiators tapped into the boiler line and that would do the trick. But now, I'm thinking, wait a minute, I've seen this before...

Why not a fireplace?

We have a lengthy outer wall on one side that could easily fit a fireplace.

But, I have NO IDEA how much installation of a fireplace in a BASEMENT would cost. I've seen them before, so I know it's possible. But I don't even know where to start. So, anybody? Anybody? :) I know this is a much more "ridiculous" request than a plumber, but who knows...maybe some of my excellent readers can point me in the right direction...

2 comments:

TTFWEB said...

We have a daylight basement, with a similar situation that you describe. We put at pellet stove in and love it. It keeps it warm and the pellets are much easier to deal with than wood. Also, you can direct vent the thing out a wall, costing much less than a full fireplace flue.

http://greengateranchremodel.blogspot.com/2006/12/pellet-stove.html

The stove cost use $1300, plus $300 for venting parts. Our tile and mantle ran another $250 - but you don't have to do that much if you don't want to.

Best of luck,
TTF

Andrea said...

An even cleaner and easier way of doing it is to have a gas fireplace put in and then you dont have to worry about burning wood or anything else...a remote control and thats it! We put one in our dining room when we redid the DG house. And no chimney required....just direct vent out! They usually come equipt with blowers so it stays nice and toasty. You could even go really simple and get one of those electric ones...not as nice but definately does the trick and all you have to do is plug it in!