Where do I locate my fireplace?

In new construction or renovation, locating a fireplace in the primary living space such as family room, living room, dining room or kitchen is most common. An open-concept plan allows an efficient fireplace to provide most of the heat in the living space, creating a zoning effect. Installation inside the home’s building envelope (that’s the physical separator between the inside and the outside) is best and ideally located on an exterior wall for simplicity in venting configuration.