When the temperatures drop and the first flurries of snow start falling, there’s nothing like gathering around a warm crackling fire with loved ones.
Sixty percent of new homes have at least one fireplace, compared with 36 percent of homes built in the early 1970s, the National Association of Home Builders reports. The same group surveyed homebuyers and found that they ranked fireplaces among the top three amenities (behind outdoor porches and upgraded kitchens). In addition to adding comfort, The National Association of Realtors reported that a fireplace increases the value of a home by nearly $12,000.
We compiled some of our favorite fireplaces on the market right now, along with some authors who agree that their favorite winter spot is around the fire.
“A house with no fireplace is a house without a heart.” — Gladys Taber
“We no longer build fireplaces for physical warmth. We build them for the warmth of the soul; we build them to dream by, to hope by, to home by.” — Edna Ferber
“There is no peace more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I lingered most about the fireplace, as the most vital part of the house.” — Henry David Thoreau
“I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.” — Alice Waters
“I feel I want to be wise with white hair in a tall library in a deep chair by a fireplace.” — Gregory Corso
“Oh winter, king of fire side enjoyments, home born happiness.” — William Cowper
“And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be – and whenever I look up, there will be you.” — Thomas Hardy
“Winter is the time for comfort, for food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for a home.” – Edith Sitwell
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