As the air turns cooler and morning frost becomes the norm, it’s safe to say that summer is on its way out. Looking forward to the coming months, you must admit – there’s nothing quite as comfortable as curling up beside a roaring fire with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book – especially when it’s 40 below outside! The team at Allen’s Custom Built-Ins are ready to help you revamp your fireplace before winter finally sets in.

The first step to upgrading your fireplace is taking a hard look at its surroundings. Is the mantle in good shape? What about the surrounding wall space? Updating the mantle to suit your style will instantly lift the entire room – and likely, your spirits too. A mantle makes a fantastic – and manageable – area for seasonal decorating, whether it be a few small gourds for Thanksgiving or a lovely swath of lighted greenery for the holidays. Plus, you can’t begin to think of hanging stockings by the chimney with care without somewhere lovely to hang them, right?

Let’s be honest: there’s no such thing as too much storage in one home. Installing custom cabinetry around your fireplace will instantly add not only stylish elegance to the character of your home but also a designated place for all the things you have shoved into corners and random boxes (don’t be embarrassed; we all do it!). You can incorporate both open shelving and closed cabinets to display books, art or collectibles while still having the space to put everything else away and in its place.

No matter what type of cabinet design you’re coveting – modern to traditional, or something in between – the professionals at Allen’s Custom Built-Ins will help you bring your fireplace dreams to reality and have you curled up beside that roaring fire in no time

By: Jess Campbell

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