A proposal to limit fireplace use, reported here last June, became reality Friday as the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted unanimously "to impose hefty fines on homeowners who burn wood in fireplaces on high-pollution days during winter months — usually about two dozen days," according to the L.A. Times.
Plus: "Builders will be banned from installing wood-burning fireplaces in new homes, and it will be illegal to buy and install one when remodeling a home. Gas-burning fireplaces will be allowed."
But let’s look at the design opportunities here.
What can you do with an increasingly obsolete fireplace?
• Make a book nook out of it
• Burn a few soy candles inside (very romantic)
• Put a cozy dog or cat bed in there
• Display your collection of short statues (Buddha anyone?)
• Take it out and allow the sun to warm the house (check this out)
• Take it out and get views of your garden
• Take it out and free up wall space
Any more ideas?
(Photo: Washington Post)