zillow.com - Fireplaces have always been among the top amenities for homeowners looking to buy a new house. In fact, they rank second just behind outdoor patios, decks and porches, according to the National Association of Home Builders.
While the cost of adding a fireplace to an existing home used to be prohibitively expensive — requiring the creation of an exterior stone chimney, flue, firebox and, in many cases, floor supports to accommodate the weight of the hearth — today’s options are not only affordable, but a relatively easy home improvement.
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