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Question DetailsAsked on 12/12/2013

How much should a new gas fireplace (no existing fireplace) cost?

We do not currently have a fireplace, we are looking for installation of a gas fireplace, about 5'x 5' x18" with stacked stone and a mantel. How much should this cost?

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Click the Home > Fireplace link right under your question for several similar questions with answers - also a couple of them are listed right below this answer.

If you are talking real stone rather than fake veneer, be prepared for pretty big costs and possible loss of some space underneath if this is not a bottom floor fireplace, because supports have to be built underneath to support the stone weight - typically a concrete foundation or substantial timber supports. Regardless, you are talking a HUGE fireplace if you mean the fireplace itself should be 5'x5', so big I can't find one quickly on the web. I would guess you are talking a commercial unit like a ski lodge or resort or expensive bar/restaurant would use - probably $5-10,000 for the fireplace unit itself, $2-10,000 for the hearth and stone side panels with foundation (depending on it real stone or not and how high and wide), plus $500 on up to $2000 plus to tens of thousands of $ for the mantle unit depending on if plain construction grade rough wood to cabinetry grade prefabbed componet construction to imported European castle or manor house mantle and sidepanels.

I would say you need to take a trip to a home improvement center and a fireplace vendor showroom and do some looking and talking, and check websites like home improvement magazines and Sunset and such. I suspect, unless you are seriously talking $10,000 plus for this project, that you need to scale back to maybe a 3-5' wide by about 18" high fireplace (a standard size), and maybe veneer or imitation stone rather than real, to keep this in the realistic pride range.

Bear in mind, unless you are putting this is a very large room, that it is going to be overpowering if the fireplace itself is over three feet wide.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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