Fireplaces are a novelty here in Phoenix. We need them maybe … two nights a year. Minus two. Which explains why most builders here have no idea what to do with them or how to logically incorporate them into any type of living space. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about found today in my local MLS listings:
This makes my eyes barf.
Me no understand!
Now, here’s an example of what TO do, from Better After reader Di. She and her husband recently moved to a new home (in Utah, so fireplace = warranted) and went to work converting the gaping space above and around the fireplace into a whole lotta good-looking. My eyes just breathed a sigh of relief.