Adding a Gas Fireplace in an Existing Home


A gas fireplace is becoming a must-have in Melbourne homes. Not only does it add value to your home, but it also means you and your family will stay warm throughout the winter months. When adding a gas fireplace to an existing home, there are a few things that need to be factored into the installation process.

Is it possible to add a gas fireplace to an existing home?


While it is possible to add a fireplace to your home, is it always important to check the regulations in your area. 

Though you may be eyeing a specific gas log fireplace, it is important to know that things like location, size and the addition of structural elements can determine what type of fireplace you are actually allowed to have. For more information, contact your local council. You can also learn more by reading the National Construction Code.

What changes need to be made to your home?


When installing a gas log fireplace into a home that doesn’t have an existing structure, there are a few things that will need to be incorporated into the space your gas fireplace is being installed in. 

  • Supplying gas – we will ensure that when possible, we use the shortest run available to us in regards to supplying gas from other areas of the home. 
  • Amendments to your home – a situation may arise when changes need to be made to your home so a new gas heating system can be incorporated into your space. This could include things such as:
    • Changes to the structure of your home – this may involve incisions to your walls and ceilings
    • Building a wall – some installations require a fake wall to house your fireplace. 
    • A flue – if your home does not have an already existing flue or chimney, a flue will have to be installed.

    What’s the process of installing a gas fireplace in an existing home?

    The installation process includes the following:

    1. Choosing the location you want your gas fireplace installed
    2. Researching what gas fireplace you would like 
    3. Contacting a gas supplier
    4. Installation of your gas fireplace

      Location

      The first step to installing a gas fireplace is deciding on the location. This is something your installer will be able to help you with. At Just Gas Log Fires, we help you determine what location will best suit your needs.  

      It is important to note that there are certain regulations and building codes when it comes to installing an outdoor gas fireplace – we encourage you to contact your local council for more information on the rules in your area.

      Choose your gas fireplace

      Once you have determined the location of your gas fireplace, you can then decide what gas log fireplace best suits your needs. 

      Whether you’re wanting an outdoor fireplace that you can make use of all year round or a double-sided gas fireplace that can heat two rooms at once (and act as a beautiful feature piece in your home), there will be a gas fireplace to suit you.

      Choosing a gas supplier

      If you don’t have an existing gas supply, you will need to organise this prior to your gas fireplace being installed. You can either choose natural gas (if it is available in your area), otherwise you can use LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas).

      Installing your gas fireplace

      Due to the fact that your home doesn’t have an existing fireplace, it is important that you take into account that certain amendments may need to be made to your home. It is likely that changes will have to be made to the existing structure of your home. This may involve cuts having to be made or fake walls will have to be built to house your gas log fireplace. If you do not have an existing fireplace in your home, a flue will also have to be installed.

      Gas Fireplace Installers Melbourne

      If you are looking at adding a gas fireplace into an existing home, Just Gas Log Fires have you covered. With over 20 years of experience, we can help you with the design consultation, architectural advice and the installation of your gas log fireplace.

       

      We’d love to chat with you further about how an Escea gas fireplace can work for your space.

      If you are looking for inspiration, our fireplace installation showroom in Alphington displays a myriad of high-efficiency gas fireplaces in a contemporary style, complete with furnishing. Make an enquiry today.