What to Expect From Your Custom Fireplace Design Project

Acucraft Custom Gas Circular Fireplace

Choosing the right fireplace for your home or commercial space involves more than practicality; it’s about making a design statement. 

While standard fireplaces with customization options can meet a wide range of needs, they may not suffice for those seeking a truly unique piece. 

Custom gas fireplaces offer the opportunity to tailor every aspect of design and functionality to specific heating requirements and aesthetic preferences. Whether the goal is to create a cozy ambiance or a dramatic focal point, a custom fireplace allows for a creative process that creates a central feature of your home or office.

If you’re considering starting your own custom fireplace design project, here’s what you can expect from your project, from ideation to installation.

Who Needs a Custom-Built Fireplace?

Modern bathroom with a sleek custom fireplace design, featuring a linear gas fireplace next to a freestanding bathtub, opening to lush greenery.If you’re planning a new construction project for your home or office and want to incorporate a fireplace, you might wonder if you need a custom model or if a standard/semi-custom fireplace would do the job. 

At Acucraft, we love working with our clients to design and build one-of-a-kind custom fireplaces that demand attention when you walk into the room, but for many of our clients, customizing our standard gas fireplaces gives them exactly what they’re looking for. After all, our standard fireplaces offer the same levels of luxury and quality as our custom fireplaces.

So how do you know if you really need a custom fireplace or if you’d be better off customizing a standard unit? Here are some things to consider.

To decide if you actually need a custom fireplace, the first consideration is the size and shape of your space. If you’re building a new home or commercial space with an unconventional layout, it may be difficult to find a standard fireplace to fit. A custom fireplace can be designed and manufactured to fit specific dimensions and shapes, making use of awkward or otherwise unusable spaces.

Another consideration is your project’s design. While standard fireplaces offer a variety of customization options, if you’re looking for a very specific design to complement your interior design seamlessly, you may choose to go with a custom solution for a perfect match.

The third consideration is uniqueness. Standard units can be customized to fit your preferences, but in some situations, that level of customization isn’t enough. Some people want a truly unique piece that’s an extension of their personality, and some custom fireplaces are designed to blur the line between sculptural art and a functional fireplace. For some of our clients, creating a fireplace that’s genuinely one-of-a-kind is the goal. 

Custom Fireplace Consultation and Design

So you’ve decided that a standard fireplace won’t work for your project, and you’re ready to begin the exciting process of designing and building your very own custom fireplace. 

When designing and building a truly unique fireplace, the options are endless, and that can feel a little overwhelming. That’s why at Acucraft, we work with you to co-create your fireplace, walking you through the process step-by-step. To begin, it’s crucial for us to understand your needs, preferences, and the scope of the project.

Typically, when we begin working with a new client, they’ve collected images of other fireplaces that have captured their imagination. Starting with your fireplace inspiration, we work with you to understand what you admire about it and how to capture it to make it your own.

In other cases, our clients are working with an architect and have a good idea of what they’re looking for in a custom fireplace. We can work directly with you and your architect in these situations to design and build your bespoke fireplace, down to the most minute detail.

Our consultative approach ensures a smooth process, and you get the exact fireplace you’ve been dreaming of.

Finally, after all the planning and building, it’s finally time to have your new custom fireplace installed. We work with your general contractor and installer to ensure your fireplace is installed properly.

Getting Started with Your Custom Fireplace Design

If you’re just getting started with your custom fireplace project, you may not be ready to jump on the phone with one of our fireplace consultants. That’s okay! There’s a lot to consider, and taking your time now to figure out what you like and want is so important for making the rest of the process, from design to installation, go smoothly. 

Choosing a Fireplace Style and Shape

When it comes to picking a style and shape for your new custom fireplace, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. 

When choosing a style, think about whether you prefer a modern minimalist design with clean lines, a rustic look that evokes cozy mountain lodges, a classic traditional style that complements a more formal setting, or something in between. Every style sets a different tone and mood, so consider what will best match your style and tastes.

Custom fireplaces come in many shapes and sizes. Some of our most popular custom gas fireplace shapes are linear, see-through, multi-view, and panoramic, but the options are virtually endless. 

Choosing Materials and Accessories

Picking the right materials and accessories is an important step in customizing your fireplace because it afa linear double sided fireplace with partial safety glass barrierfects not only the aesthetics of your fireplace but also how it functions. From the media to the glass that encases it, each element plays an important role in defining the overall look and performance of your custom fireplace.

Media can dramatically impact the appearance of your fire. Options include crushed glass, which adds a modern, shimmering effect with its reflective properties; natural or synthetic rocks and stones, which create a rustic or polished look; and logsets that replicate the traditional appeal of a wood-burning fireplace but with the convenience of gas, complete with realistic details like glowing embers.

Glass fronts are important for safety. They also contribute to the fireplace’s style. You can choose from open-view and firescreens to fully enclosed dual-pane systems that maintain safety without compromising the view of the flames. 

Finally, the frame around the fireplace can be customized to either stand out as a feature or blend seamlessly with the room’s design. Options range from sleek, frameless finishes to ornately decorated frames in a variety of materials and finishes.

You can also add a remote control that gives you control of your fireplace at the push of a button, and you can add LED lighting to further enhance the overall look and feel of your new custom fireplace.

Getting Inspired with These Custom Fireplace Ideas

Often, the easiest way to get started is to get inspired. That’s why we’ve built this custom gas fireplace gallery to show you just some of what’s possible with Acucraft.

Choosing a Custom Fireplace Manufacturer

Selecting the right custom fireplace manufacturer is crucial when investing in a custom fireplace. Here are a few key aspects to consider:

  • Expertise: Look for a manufacturer, like Acucraft, with years of experience in designing and building truly custom fireplaces. Expertise like this ensures they can handle complex designs and provide insightful recommendations based on past projects.
  • Portfolio: Review the manufacturer’s portfolio of past work to assess their capabilities and the variety of designs they have created. The portfolio can give you a sense of their aesthetic flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Warranty: A custom fireplace is an investment, so read up on their warranty. A custom fireplace warranty should ensure that you’re protected and show that the manufacturer stands behind their work.
  • Reviews: Read through customer reviews and testimonials to get insights into their reliability, custom service, and what it’s like to work with them.

Ready to get started? Our team of fireplace experts is here to help you start your custom fireplace design project today! Request a brochure or contact us to get started.