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Gas to Electric Fireplace Remodel:  A DIY Retrofit with Dimplex North America

Fireplaces do a lot more for your home than just add warmth. They create a comforting ambiance in the winter, inviting family and friends to gather round. They provide an ideal location for romantic evenings, and you can’t beat the heat a fireplace produces on a crisp winter day.

Fireplaces do a lot more for your home than just add warmth. They create a comforting ambiance in the winter, inviting family and friends to gather round. They provide an ideal location for romantic evenings, and you can’t beat the heat a fireplace produces on a crisp winter day.

Although a wood-burning fireplace is an age-old nostalgic memory to many, it may not always be a practical solution for retrofit installations, condos or even small homes like this one. For over 20 years, electric fireplaces have quickly become a sensible alternative to creating a relaxing retreat to escape life’s everyday stress.

Dimplex North America pioneered the category with the invention of the modern electric fireplace 25 years ago. With this DIY retrofit (gas to electric fireplace), we put Dimplex’s 25-inch Plug-in Electric Firebox to the test.

Dimplex 25-inch Plug-in Electric Firebox

This particular model has two options. Log burning or acrylic ice media. We selected the acrylic ice to give a more modern feel to this basement family room renovation.

The colour-rich flame effect allows selecting five different colour themes to set the mood accordingly. Alternately users and also freeze on a customized colour of their choice. Flame and lights use brilliant low-energy LED’s that require zero maintenance.

The 25-inch plug-in electric fireplace warms up to 1,000 sq. feet of space with its powerful fan-forced heater comes with a remote control to control 100% of the fireplace from the comfort of your chair and it has a low carbon footprint as its considered the most sustainable fireplace option with no emissions and 100% efficient. It costs about 8 to 12 cents an hour to run!

Another very important factor is the cool-touch glass making it safe for children and pets in any location.

Gas to Electric Fireplace Remodel

Our remodel from Gas to Electric started with this family experiencing a failed older unit where it was beyond repair due to the inability to find replacement parts. The family researched both gas and electric options and decided, for their lifestyle, an electric fireplace would be low-maintenance, cost-effective, and a fun alternative to the typical log fireplace. They also wanted something that was cool-to-touch as they have a dog and frequently have visitors with children, who spend time in their family room occupying themselves alone.

  • They contacted a certified gas fitter to disconnect all gas connections to make the space safe to begin their remodel. 
  • An electrical outlet was available from an adjoining room behind the fireplace. 
  • Since the mantel had old bricks with dark marks, they felt that a white mantel would suit the new electric fireplace inset best. Scrub bricks with a lot of elbow grease, a stiff brush, and soapy water.
  • The homeowners applied one coat of primer and three coats of TREMCLAD® white Oil-Based Rust Paint
  • To save on costs, since the previous metal frame surrounding the insert was a perfect fit, they sanded, primed, and applied four coats of Rust-Oleum® Specialty Camouflage Paint. They applied two coats of clear coat to give it a nice sheen.

The Designer’s Touch for Our Electric Fireplace Remodel

Since the homeowners are strong in DIY renovations but lack in design. They reached out to Haley Jean Bradley, Interior Design Consultant, to complete the look of their new electric fireplace remodel. Miss Bradley is a recent graduate of the 3 year Interior Design program at Georgian College and thrives on taking on projects that are based on a concept.

Bradley created the concept to enhance the space by inviting greenery to create a welcoming a lively setting. Natural light in a basement is typically minimal and the mirror can reflect that light to create an illusion of a larger and airy room. The greenery was added as a visual accent but also promotes better air quality as the snake plant (see black potted plant) converts co2 into oxygen at night. The mirror, chair, and decor were all selected from  Bouclair’s home collection .

Electric Fireplace Remodel Complete

The couple was thrilled with the final look of the electric fireplace remodel project. After a few weekends of hard work, the design and décor gave an inviting polished look for entertaining guests in their new space. They are thrilled that they selected an electric fireplace because their dog Chloe loves to keep warm in front of it. Knowing she is not only warm but also safe is value all in itself.