How to include a double-sided fireplace in your build project

double sided fireplace with log burning stove
(Image credit: Ludlow Stoves)

There are lots of reasons why people choose to install a double-sided fireplace. Visually they add real wow factor in open or broken plan rooms and spaces, or two separate but adjoining rooms. They can also act as a room divider while allowing both spaces to enjoy the view of a roaring fire.

However, there is more to consider when creating this feature than with other types of fireplace ideas. How tricky this task is, will largely depend on whether you are installing one in a new build or extension, or plan on retro-fitting one into your existing home. You will also need to think about the type of fire you want to fit into the fireplace — open fire or log burning stove, for example.

Marcus Hirst
Marcus Hirst

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Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.