By Gene and Katie Hamilton
An electric fireplace adds the warmth and charm of a fireplace without the work of a real one. And unlike earlier versions, today's units have technology and 3-D imaging that make the flame and firewood very realistic. And traditional styling with solid materials makes them look like a built-in so adding a fireplace is an attractive upgrade.
A fireplace can add a focal point to an otherwise ordinary room, no matter its size. In a small room where space is at a premium, use a corner unit; in a larger room, locate a fireplace centered on a wall or surrounded by built-in bookcases.
A heating contractor will charge $2,300, which includes labor and material, to install a 36-in wide Lennox Reflections electric fireplace with bi-fold glass doors, and a paintable wood enclosure with mantel. You can buy the fireplace unit for $1,275 and install it, saving 44 percent. That's assuming you have experience with electrical projects and some carpentry skills. If you have any doubts about doing the installation, consider hiring a professional installer. Ask the retailer where you buy the fireplace to recommend an installer.
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The average price to install an electric fireplace noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.