By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN - With cooling temperatures outside, Fireplaces By Design of Dassel is bringing warm temperatures inside.
Located in the former Latté Da Coffee Shop location along Highway 12 in Dassel, Fireplaces By Design offers wood- and gas-burning fireplaces and a variety of surrounds, according to owner Gerry Schaffer.
Schaffer has been working on hearth finishing for 20 years, and installation for the past 10 years.
He takes pride in the fact that all of his fireplace installations are performed in-house, with no subcontractors necessary to get the job done.
Installations can include frame-ups, gas piping, venting, wood mantels, and surrounds with stone, marble, or tile.
“We do everything as much as the homeowner wants,” Schaffer said.
Depending on the extent of the project, a fireplace install could take as little as two hours, or as many as three days for a full frame-up complete with stone, according to Schaffer.
Fireplaces By Design carries fireplace lines from industry leaders such as Vermont Castings, Majestic, Lexington Forge, Empire, and Pacific Energy.
They also provide professional service for all major brands of gas- and pellet-burning fireplaces, stoves, and inserts.
The busiest time for Schaffer and his crew is September through March, “when it’s cold,” Schaffer commented.
A fireplace is economical, Schaffer said, because it heats the space a person or family is in, rather than turning up the furnace and heating the entire home to make one room more comfortable.
Schaffer gave the example of basements, which tend to be cooler than other parts of the house.
Wood-burning fireplaces with no doors tend to be more inefficient, allowing room temperatures to escape.
For homeowners who want to get away from the wood-burning fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces, many times, can easily be replaced with gas-burning fireplaces, Schaffer said.
Fireplaces By Design will also help those do-it-yourselfers with as much or as little work as desired by the home-owner, Schaffer said.
To meet with Schaffer or visit the showroom, office hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call (320) 275-3200 for an appointment.