The formation of an appealing interior or an inside of a house is the basics of architecture. The entire collection of the floor, walls, and ceilings characterize a space as an inside. The architects or the creators of the blueprint usually go for an ideal, suitable natural interior. However, some individuals prefer dwelling in a natural environment with the presence of fire logs and other noteworthy features that adds to the pleasant environment of the house.
Lighting a fire inside the house is now a significant symbol of contemporary planned interiors. To complement the fire designed featured, an upstretched hearth is mounted. It is a kind of an elevated floor to accommodate the fireplace. A raised hearth is built one to two feet above the floor (usually 30 to 60 centimeters). It is a non-combustible area. The raised area around the fireplace is the literal definition of a raised hearth. It is usually brick or stone-lined fireplace used for heating the entire room.
The cracking sound of fire in the fireplace is comforting and a pleasing spot of the room. This seems more tempting when there are rainy or snowy days and the visitors are looking for something to soak up the heat. This sitting-height hearth allows you to have that one specific place in the room gathering all the attention and comfort. There was the rampant concept of adding a loud and vibrant fireplace in the main common sitting lounge; however, it was lost when a more contemporary and modern-day themed interiors came into being. Even now, the concept is rekindling its prominence, and more and more raised up fireplaces are proposed as part of the home-based designing scheme.
Typically, the hearths were a vital part of a customary home. It was and is still considered as the most highlighted, distinct aspect of the house usually perceived right after entering the room. In medieval times, the hearth commonly was noticed in the middle of the hall with smoke rising above the chimneys. In terms of fireplace design, it usually consists of a fire brick structure at a level higher than the floor underneath the mantel or the chimney-piece.
By the late 20th century, the concept of having old-style fireplaces transformed into a modern setting, by adding an element of modernity and novelty to it. Nowadays, having centrally air-conditioned or monitored heating systems have been installed in homes that have reduced the availability of having a conservative fireplace. Nonetheless, despite having contemporary settings, a raised hearth can be included with an amalgamation of old and new features of the customary fireplace.
A raised fireplace hearth grants numerous benefits and has made the accessibility of a warm room convenient and effortless. Lighting a fire inside a room with wooden walls and floors poses a higher risk of fire blastoff. A raised hearth eventually decreases the hazard. Secondly, it also collects the smoke from the fire and avoids it from spilling into the entire room posing an even grave risk for health. It collects the smoke and allows it to leave the house through a proper exit thus disregarding health jeopardy.
Inculcating a raised fireplace in residences require technicality and architectural insight from the constructors and builders. It is erected from materials that seldom catch fire and are heat-resistant such as stone and brick traditionally, but tiles and metal in contemporary design. An effective fireplace should serve the above purposes; otherwise, it may present vulnerability putting lives at risk. As mentioned earlier, technicality is an essential feature added to the raised hearth. It should be constructed in a way that there should be a steady flow of smoke and hot gases eliminating from the fire. This way less contaminated gasses are collected and are instantly eradicated.
Since raised hearths are built off the floor, they do take up more space. This way these raised hearths allow the family members to spend quality time around the fire making it a suitable place to sit. The height also makes it the focal point of the home. As they are located higher than the ground, they are less inaccessible and harder to reach making it a pet and child-friendly area of the house. Regardless of the versatility and practicality of the raised hearth, they are overpriced and more materials are required to build these at a sitting-height. Common materials for the construction of the fireplace include limestone, wood, brick, and slate. The former, however, is reasonably priced and works best with gas or electric fireplaces as compared to the wood material. Slate is available in an assorted range of colors that may entirely revolutionize the room look.
Having a raised hearth grants drawbacks over advantages too. Since it takes up a lot of space, some people and even contractors prefer keeping it low and close to the floor. In some cases, some landowners also tend to ignore the feature as it occupies space that can be used by the furniture. Having a fireplace closer to the floor means an increased likelihood of safety issues. Lastly, a raised hearth is also a symbol of decoration in a room. It makes the room alluring, tasteful, and adds an element of relaxation too. The chimneypiece can be easily decked and adorned with small-sized items of decoration. Place some family frames or candle stand, it adds up to the flavor and mood of the entire room.
During the construction of the house, a lot of things are to be studied when designing a raised hearth. As safety is the number one priority, it is imperative to design the fireplace in a way that controls the fire and avoid large scale mishaps. Contractors are compelled to follow a plethora of guidelines and plans that comply with the safety protocols. The fundamentals include creating the front space which is absolutely heat resistant so that the floor does not catch fire, thus, avoiding a large scale disaster. The hearth should be at least eight inches to each side and 16 inches to the front of the opening.
There are extraordinary and uniquely designed hearth rugs that offer a warm cushion to the area. Not only that, but they also give different purposes. They absorb or protect the surface from all sorts of fire sparks and flames that may endanger the front flooring. Hence, having a hearth rug is essential if there is an elevated fireplace in homes. They also serve an ornamental purpose as one can adorn the area around with stylish cushions and throws, ideal for get-togethers. The size of the hearth rug should depend on the fireplace.
In a nutshell, safety should be the number one aspect when it comes to the construction of a raised hearth. Make sure to clean the wood-burning fireplace before every use to avoid the buildup of ash. Make sure to check the cracks regularly and if necessary have a certified professional visit and inspect. A great place for reunions and an informal rendezvous, these hearths are a hallmark of newly designed homes.