We likely carry some instinctual desire to gather around the heat of a fire. From their introduction in medieval times, fireplaces have long been associated with the hearth, a central place that drew the family together. But lifestyles and the habitation we create continue to evolve. As the spaces where people socialize change, the features that define them change as well. It is only logical that the fireplace is one of these features. People are beginning to consider putting fireplaces outside the traditional living room and family room areas. If we spend more time in the kitchen or outdoors or have a sitting area in our bedrooms, we may consider adding a fireplace in one of those areas.
To continue reading, click here.