One of the sticking points that Surfer Boy and I have in regard to our extension is an open fireplace. I am a firm believer that an open fire is a necessity to a home whereas my 'green' husband quite rightly complains of their ferocious appetites for timber and their inherent mess.
I know he is right and I am aware that the open fire place is by it's very nature, outdated in our modern homes - but I still want one!
Surely no home is complete without a hearth to gather around?
Looks like I'll need to do some research to find an alternative that lets me have the romanticism of the open fire without the drawbacks. Any suggestions?