Design Through the Decades - Phoenix, Arizona - 2000s Fireplaces

November 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Design Through the Decades - Part 32

Phoenix homes built in the 1990s could have cared less about fireplaces.  But with the surge in the use of natural “green” building materials (e.g., natural stone) in the 2000s, suddenly fireplaces came back in vogue.  The fireplaces of the 2000s became works of art.

Natural stone was a very trendy choice in fireplace design in the 1950s and then again in the 2000s, this time with darker stone.  Because of the stacked stone, homeowners were able to showcase their fireplaces.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

This 2002 Phoenix home’s fireplace looks similar to fireplaces from the 1950s.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

You could use large stones as seen in this 2002 Phoenix home.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The size of the fireplace was toned down in this 2008 Phoenix home, but stacked stone remained a popular design element.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another trendy fireplace design of the 2000s was to have other natural materials such as canterra stone, marble, travertine, or concrete that resembles these previous materials.  This carved concrete fireplace is from 2007.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Canterra stone fireplace in Glendale, Arizona.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Marble-like concrete fireplace in a Peoria, Arizona home.  We actually saw mantels return in the 2000s.  And the mantel to hearth ratio was usually 1:1.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

A more economical fireplace was one surrounded by large ceramic tile as seen in this 2008 Phoenix home.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

When mortgage interest rates were low and creative financing was readily available, many homebuyers in the 2000s added as many upgrades as they could.  Such as having a fireplace in the master bathroom.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

It was very chic in the 2000s to have a front courtyard with a fireplace.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

Another outdoor fireplace.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

The beehive fireplace from the 1980s made a rare return in this 2002 Chandler, Arizona home.
2000s fireplace Phoenix homes Design Through the Decades

What will fireplaces be like in Phoenix in the 2010s?  Probably minimalistic, smaller, and not that common.  With the real estate market in decline and new home construction at a standstill, it will be several years before new home sales pick up again.  Add to that tighter lending restrictions and slightly higher mortgage interest rates plus a new trend toward smaller (ie., more affordable) homes, and we’ll probably see homebuyers opting out of fireplaces and/or not willing to pay for fancy fireplace upgrades.  Unless homebuilders are desperate for sales and throw in the fireplaces for free.

Homeowners of older homes will probably remodel their existing fireplaces in the 2010s with stacked natural stone, since the price of stone is not budget-busting.

Tags: Fireplace · Design Through the Decades · 2000s

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  • 1 Greeney // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    They are lovely.

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