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Choosing the Right Fireplace For Your Living Space

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Orlando Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri Shares Fireplace Design Ideas and Tips 

In our personal home, designed and built by Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri, we have three ethanol burning fireplaces that fit perfectly with our modern decor and busy lifestyle.

In the living room, we have the Regal Flame Venice 32 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace. Mount it on a wall or built into one, the possibilities and style are endless with the Venice Recessed Wall Mounted Ethanol Fireplace.

The fireplaces burn denatured ethanol, a renewable modern energy that burns free, emits no fumes, is environmentally friendly and virtually maintenance free.  Ethanol fireplaces don’t require a vent nor a chimney, nor a utility connection for fuel supply making it ideal for almost any architectural environment.

Our linear fireplaces are crafted of stainless steel and are super easy to use. I simply pour in the bioethanol fuel, we use Regal Flame Ultra Pure Ventless Bio Ethanol Fireplace Fuel into the holders and light the containers for the flames to burn. To extinguish the flame, simply pull the cover over the fuel container to smother the flame.

In our master bedroom and summer kitchen, we have a Regal Flame Fargo 43 Inch Ventless Built-In Recessed Bio Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplace.

The Fargo’s steel outer frame gives it a contemporary unique recessed in wall fireplace with its due bio-ethanol burner concept, providing malting flames.


Gas fireplaces are another environmentally friendly heating solution for the modern era with high-efficiency ratings and contemporary designs that don’t sacrifice form for function.  The latest gas fireplaces accurately render the look of wood-burning fireplaces for that traditional look and ambiance.

They burn realistically with lifelike looking logs, embers and orange flames. Gas as a fireplace fuel has many advantages over wood. Gas eliminates the mess and work with burning wood and is convenient to ignite and control with a button, piped into the home or from a refillable tank. Gas burning fires eliminate chimney-build up from the by-products of burning wood which can add soot and odor to the home or cause house fires if the chimney is not properly maintained.

Because gas fireplaces don’t require a roof access chimney to vent like wood fires, there is greater flexibility in installation around the house.

When selecting a fireplace, consider the heat output and how it may affect or degrade a TV, electronics, artwork or shelving above a fireplace. It’s important to talk with your builder about how the construction of fireplace chase walls and installation will mitigate heat transfer to the electronics or artwork mounted above it.

Fireplace Design Tips from Trade Secrets by Jorge

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In this episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge, Luxury Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri shares tips and design ideas for creating a fireplace that is both functional and a focal point of the room. Learn about various materials, labor costs and design considerations when adding a fireplace to an existing room or including one in your design plans. As always, Jorge welcomes any questions or comments. For more information go to www.imyourbuilder.com.

Watch the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge for “Another Affordable Idea to Enhance Your Living Space”

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Fireplace Design Tips to Light Up a Room

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The fireplace has evolved from purely functional to a decorative showpiece in the home. It transforms the room and becomes a focal point adding character and enhancing the home’s architectural theme. Even in hot climates such as Florida where Luxury Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri designs and builds homes for all budgets, the fireplace is an essential feature. “A well-designed fireplace has a commanding presence. It serves as a social gathering spot inviting people to gather around the hearth to enjoy and admire one of the most dramatic spaces in the home,” says Jorge. He has several tips for designing a fireplace that makes a statement in any room.  There are three elements to consider when designing a fireplace: the shape, the surround, and the tower finishes.

Fireplace shape: The basic design of a fireplace is a towering box. The first design challenge is to create movement. “The fireplace should be multi-dimensional, incorporating niches, arches, columns, and mantles to create a fireplace with movement.”

Fireplace surround: There are many fireplace surrounds to define the architectural style. Some of the most common materials for surrounds include travertine, marble, precast and wood. Jorge typically uses fireplace surrounds made out of travertine or precast to suit the old-world style of his homes.

Fireplace tower finishes: The selection of the tower finishes can be the hardest choice to make because they are the most visible elements of the fireplace. Depending on the size of the fireplace, cost will dictate the final selection.

One example that incorporates these three design elements is the formal fireplace pictured here that Jorge created.

It soars 24 feet with a travertine mantle and two columns sitting on a hearth. “This is a good example of how to spend money on the design and framing rather than expensive finishes. The total cost of this fireplace is $1,600. A money-saving alternative is to use precast stone instead of travertine, which will cost half the price.” Another option for this soaring fireplace is to plaster the whole thing all the way to the ceiling giving the room a Tuscan feel. The price to plaster the whole fireplace all the way up to the ceiling is $1,000 and it’s worth every penny,” says Jorge.

Another example of a well-designed fireplace is pictured here in the family room.

This stone fireplace features a wood beam as the mantle. An arched niche above the fireplace with tongue and groove as a backdrop serves as a built-in for the flat screen TV.  Jorge says the fireplace finishes here cost between $2,500 to $3,000 and required two days of labor to construct.

Another cost effective tip is to use a stucco finish on the fireplace surround and tower and use stone and wood as accents in key places such as a mantle, header or a heart. This will cut the cost down of the stone to a minimum and will still give it an authentic Tuscan-aged look.

For homes already built, the homeowner can add in a ventless fireplace, which will not require cutting through the existing roof. Installation is simple. The unit costs approximately $2,500 and the installation runs $500. Depending on the design and finishes, the unit could cost an additional $3,000 to $4,000.  For more information, check out the latest episode of Trade Secrets by Jorge which focuses on Fireplace design. Click here to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHl2iSwkk94&feature=plcp&context=C34762abUDOEgsToPDskKcL8XZguL9xpNV6ChK62kB