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Erickson Makeover

Overview of Addition

After purchasing a second home in New Gretna, Sue and Alan Erickson considered their long-term plans for the house – a retirement home in the future.   Their top priorities were adding a zone heating source and turning a “charmless” house with bare walls into a “charming” house with a beautiful fireplace.  Once the decision to enhance their living room with a new fireplace was made, the selection process – which included long-range-planning, began.  They knew that once they retired to their new home, they wanted the comfort and ambience of a woodburning fireplace.  But, only able to make brief weekend trips to their pine country home before retiring, a woodburner was not convenient.  “We are only there a few hours at a time and don’t want to worry about whether or not the fire is out,” she explained.  So, they compromised, and had Coastal Fireplaces design a woodburning fireplace equipped with gas logs that can be removed and the line capped once they move in permanently.


In seven days, Coastal Fireplaces staff built the 18-foot high 2-foot deep floor-to-ceiling fireplace and chimney addition complete with a Cultured Stone southern ledge stone facing. 

Product Description

Because they wanted a fireplace with a large opening, they went with the Heatilator Icon 60 woodburning fireplace with Eiklor gas logs.

“It was a collaborative effort,” said Sue Erickson.  “I told (Coastal Fireplaces) what I envisioned and he knew what to do right away.  It was important to me that the gas logs looked very realistic and he knew exactly where to find them.”

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Comments About the Experience

“Working with Coastal Fireplaces was wonderful. Coastal Fireplaces graciously agreed to install the mantel that Alan made out of an old ship hatch cover that I had given him for his birthday in the 1970’s.  We had originally used the hatch cover as a dining table when we were newlyweds, but resurrected it from storage to add something personal and sentimental to our new getaway.  I think it is a great compliment to Vince's wonderful work.”

The Erickson’s were also aware of Coastal Fireplaces’ fire safety background and NFI-Certified, which they said was important.

Retailer information:  Coastal Fireplaces, Tuckerton, NJ  Or for a retailer near you, visit HPBA’s retailer search at

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