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Why not turn creature comforts into feature comforts with a fireplace that warms toes and hearts – here are just a few ideas to spark your imagination

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1. Brick and beautiful

Matthew Baird Architects (MBA) with Bradley Kaye as project architect took on this
whole house makeover with interior designer Jennifer Morris involved in the
choice of finishes and features.

The brownstone had good bones and many intact details, including the stair from the
first floor to third, fireplaces, mouldings, stained glass windows and lay lights, says Kaye.

Architect: Matthew Baird FAIA, Matthew Baird Architects

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Photography by Eric Laignel

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2. Stone and fire

On this project, the owner travels a lot and wanted the reinvented bathroom to have a tranquil, peaceful aesthetic, says designer Heather Fuchs.

"The flickering appeal and tactile warmth of a gas fire provided a perfect leading feature," Fuchs says. "The dimmable fire, set behind glass, can change in colour from blue to red too and is set into a built-out wall of quartzite tile – adding to the natural, pampering feel."

Bathroom designer: Heather Fuchs

Fireplace: Dynasty Fireplaces

Photography by Geoff Gurevich

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3. Feature comforts

This rambling ranch house calls to mind an exotic, lustrous jewel discovered high up in the mountains. It's the grand vision of the owners and designer Mark Gacesa of Ultraspace. One of the most dramatic features in the home is the centrally located rotating, double-sided marble fireplace.

House designer: Mark Gacesa DIA, HIA, Ultraspace

Photography by Fred McKie

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4. Indoor-outdoor fire

This suite and the home around it were designed by Robert Hidey Architects, with Sherman Jones as project director.

"One of the most luxurious aspects of this suite is the open balcony," says Jones. "The owners can exit the bathroom through the stacking glass pocket doors and relax by the outdoor fireplace, while taking in the views."

Architects, project director, Sherman Jones, Robert Hidey Architects

Photography by Eric Figge, courtesy of CalAtlantic Homes

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5. Long and low

This eyrie-like residence by LSA Architects is essentially a brand new two-storey apartment nestled atop an existing steel-framed warehouse. Linda Simons, principal architect at LSA Architects, led the upmarket, inner-city project.

"The owners wanted a focal point in the room that would both look sophisticated in the evening and immaculate during the daytime. To achieve this and to create atmosphere in the living zone, LSA incorporated a sculptural gas fireplace into the built-in joinery."

Architect: Linda Simons, principal architect at LSA Architects

Photographer: John Wheatley

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6. Window on warmth

Winner of the 2017 TIDA International Home of the Year, this home by architect Vaughn McQuarrie includes several attention-grabbing features including a helical spiral staircase and a contemporary gas fireplace in a glass box.
Architect: Vaughn McQuarrie Architect

Photography by Simon Devitt

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7. Hanging fire

Sometimes the best placement for a fireplace is as an individual artistic element within a living space. Ortal has an impressive variety of Stand Alone fireplaces which are ideal for remodels as they add minimum disruption.

Photography courtesy of Ortal from The Art of Fire

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First published date: 08 May 2018

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