A fireplace remodel can be a relatively cost-effective way to improve your home’s aesthetics, depending on how you do it. However, that doesn’t mean your project will be cheap, especially if you are doing more extensive rebuilding work.
Here are some fireplace remodeling options and what you can expect to pay in the U.S. today.
Refacing a Fireplace
There are several ways to reface your fireplace. Stone tiles, drywall, and sheetrock are some of the most popular materials right now for creating a new look.
Is it expensive to reface a fireplace?
Here are some average costs for refacing a fireplace. Keep in mind that these numbers are averages in either the Pacific Northwest or across the country at a specific point in time – averages in your area may be much higher due to local labor costs, material shortages, inflation, and other factors.
- Refacing with stone: The cost of refacing with stone can vary quite a bit depending on what kind of stone you choose. In the Pacific Northwest, refacing a fireplace with stone generally costs $3,500 or more.
- Refacing with drywall: Both in the PNW and across the U.S., the average cost to install or hang drywall is about $1,690, according to Home Advisor data.
Changing the Color
Many homeowners today are choosing to give their living room a lift by repainting their fireplace. The paint should be heat-resistant so it doesn’t peel or blister.
Is it expensive to paint a fireplace?
The average cost to paint a small fireplace in the U.S. is $656, according to Home Advisor, but it depends on what kind of surface you are painting and whether you hire the labor. If you DIY paint over an existing brick fireplace to give it the popular white-wash look, you might only pay the cost of a gallon or two of paint. If you want to hire a professional painter, the cost would go up to include labor and supplies.
How Much Does it Cost to Rebuild a Fireplace?
Rebuilding a fireplace is more expensive than refacing, painting, or redecorating. Depending on whether you are rebuilding the mantel alone, switching fuel sources, or rebuilding the entire fireplace, you can expect very different cost ranges.
Building a New Mantel
Many homeowners choose to add new mantelpieces based on their particular tastes. Ordering a mantel usually costs $800-1500 in the PNW, not including installation. If you hire a separate interior designer or decorator, you may end up spending significantly more depending on the scope of the project and the designer’s rates.
Switching from Wood to Gas
Gas fireplaces are safer, cleaner, and lower maintenance than wood. Many homeowners opt to switch from a wood fireplace to gas. In the PNW, the price to install a gas fireplace unit, set up venting, run gas lines, and complete installation is usually $5500-$6500 as of July 2022.
Rebuilding the Entire Fireplace
Building a gas or wood fireplace from scratch typically costs $7,000-$10,000, depending on the design and fuel source. If you hire a separate interior designer or need to remove an existing prefab fireplace, the cost may be higher.
However, if you are simply installing a new electric fireplace, your quote may be much lower. A new electric fireplace typically costs about $1200-$2000.
How Can I Update My Fireplace Cheaply?
The cheapest way to update a fireplace is to simply decorate it with accessories, like travel knickknacks or seasonal decor. If you are looking to make a large change, your next cheapest options are to add a touch of paint, add a new mantel, or get an electric fireplace.
For wood fireplaces, regardless of how you plan to update them, make sure your chimney is filtering smoke properly and any materials you plan to use are fire-rated before you begin any updates. We recommend getting a chimney cleaning and inspection to ensure your family stays safe – this is not an area where you want to cut corners.
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We serve homeowners throughout the Puget Sound region. If you are looking for a fireplace contractor that can handle your entire project from start to finish, contact us today.