Keep the home fires burning – did you know?
The idea of sitting by the fireplace for enjoyment was made popular by President Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s. His weekly radio "fireside chats" encouraged families to relax while listening to his perspective on the state of the country. This revolutionized the concept of using the fireplace for more than its functional purpose of warming the home.
Today, 40% of home buyers without a fireplace said they would spend more to get at least one and are willing to pay an extra $1,400 (USA Today 4/8/13).