A proposal to limit fireplace use became reality a while back 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 (pictured here)
- Take it out and get views of your garden
- Take it out and free up wall space
Any more ideas?
(Photo: Washington Post)