A fireplace in your home is more than just a heating appliance; it’s a wonderful focal point for any room. However, if your home is a flat, fireplaces can be tricky. Here at Sussex Fireplace Gallery, we’ve been supplying and installing all types of fireplaces for many years, and we are often asked about the best options for apartment living.
If you live in an older property that’s been converted or a purpose-built block of flats with original fireplaces that are intact, you maybe able to use them. But if a fireplace needs to be repaired and restored to full functionality, you are likely to need permission from the landlord or freeholder to carry out the work.
The trouble with a leasehold flat is that its ownership is governed by the Lease. While the freeholder owns the building, the lease holder owns the right to occupy the building for the number of years remaining on the Lease. Check the document carefully to see what, if any, building works you are allowed to carry out and whether you require a Licence to Alter from the free holder. What’s more, if you rent the flat, you need to ask your landlord(who may well be the leaseholder) to carry out the necessary checks and obtain any relevant permissions.
Given the above, can you add a fireplace to your flat? The good news is that there are some fantastic alternatives to traditional open fires that can be installed in flats and apartments without much bother.
Choosing the right fireplace for your home is an important decision, particularly if you live in a flat. Why not visit one of our Sussex showrooms near Brighton and Eastbourne to see our large display of traditional and contemporary fires? You can make an appointment here.
Our experienced team is on hand to guide you through the entire process. We can arrange for a home survey to ensure that your chosen fireplace is the right style and size for your needs, while our installation team delivers a clean, polite and efficient service to fit your new appliance.