In an age where almost all domestic furnishings and fittings seem to be mass produced from low-quality materials, those that are made from high-quality materials using traditional methods of craftsmanship are more prized than ever before. If you are thinking of making significant improvements to your home and you would like to make sure that the money you invest results not only in a more aesthetically pleasing environment but in a property that is worth more to potential buyers in the future, we think that a beautiful limestone fire surround should definitely be near the top of your shopping list.
For those who are short of time or who like to get to the point as quickly as possible, we can answer the question in the title in one short sentence: a limestone hearth will add real value to almost any type of property in which it is installed, and not just monetary value. For a longer explanation, please see below.
How Limestone Fireplace Surrounds Can Enhance Your Home
Custom made limestone fire surrounds can enhance your home in a number of ways, not just by increasing the value of your property in financial terms:
- Aesthetic Appeal – An open fire can transform even the coldest of rooms into a welcoming space into which it is a joy to retreat on dark winter evenings. One that is complemented with a gorgeous, handmade limestone surround will also add a touch of elegance and style to your home.
- Ease of Maintenance – Natural stone such as the limestone for fireplace surrounds that we use is not, of course, completely impervious to chips and cracks but in contrast to synthetic materials, it tends to age very gracefully. What this means in practice is that any superficial damage that occurs will blend in with the existing surface and will not normally need to be repaired. The fact that it is naturally fire resistant means that the surface of your limestone fireplace is unlikely to deteriorate significantly over the years in any case.
- Popularity – The simple fact that the majority of prospective house buyers in the United Kingdom are likely to appreciate a limestone hearth means that installing one in your home will almost certainly make it easier to sell, should you decide to move at some point in the future. The more people interested in buying a property, the higher its resale value, which is why many developers choose to fit limestone fireplace surrounds for wood burners and open fires when renovating houses in their property portfolios.
- Longevity – As mentioned above, limestone tends to age gracefully and is naturally resistant to heat, making it an excellent choice of material for fireplace surrounds. It will look as good in twenty years time as it did on the day it was installed, if not better!
Whether you live near to our workshop and showroom in Gloucestershire or the other side of the country, our expert stonemasons can make you a beautiful new limestone fireplace that is sure to add real value to your home.