Room by Room: Living Room
The living room is part of the whole living space, which encompasses the kitchen and bedroom. The only thing that sets it off from the other areas, aside from some seating and perhaps a coffee table, is a fireplace.
Below I've photoshopped in the fireplace model I'd initially chosen: a Malm Fire Drum 2, a very retro freestanding wood burning fireplace design from the 1960s that's still available on custom order. One important aspect of the Fire Drum is that it's a close-clearance unit, meaning it can be located within 6-8 inches of the window wall, so it won't eat up too much floor space. I'd wanted something more like the example at right, but that one is impossible to find, and similar ones start at around $8,000! The Malm is around half that—which is still costly enough as it is.
However, given my greatly reduced budget, the Malm was out of the question, and my second pick was less than half the cost: the Osburn 2200. Its chiseled corners perfectly fit my aesthetics, to the point of looking as if it was designed just for my home. Plus, this EPA-approved unit puts out enough BTUs to heat my entire house on its own.
It would have been nice to know all of this before I had the roof done: it would have saved me over a grand upgrading the chimney from 6" to 8" for the Malm (the Osburn requires only 6"). But such is hindsight! By the way, I love that tool stand...
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