Inspiration: Fireplaces in the Bathroom

A fireplace in the bathroom is one of those dream house details that seems out of reach of the average home-dweller. But it's always fun to dream, and actually these days there are so many non-hideous, semi-portable electrical fireplaces around; is the idea of enjoying a bath by the fire becoming more feasible?If your home, like some of those pictured above, has a built-in bathroom fireplace, then consider yourself a lucky dog. Otherwise a little ingenuity is required. Modern gas fireplaces can be less than gorgeous, but lovely old mantelpieces abound at salvage yards; just be sure to think about how to treat the material so it will stand up to a steamy bathroom.

Portable fireplace units like the Piet from Cavallius Design (last photo above) are also an option, and they're more environmentally friendly (if a little less atmospheric) than old wood-burning fireplaces.

The very thought of lounging in a warm bath by a warm fire makes all our stress melt away. How about you? Have you ever lived in a home with a bathroom fireplace? What are some pros and cons?

(Images: SFGirlByBay; House to Home; Livingetc (3 and 4); Apartment Therapy house tour; Belle Vivir; Peter Dunham; Tudorks; Unknown; Cavallius Design)

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