Porch Names Charlotte's Top Fireplace-Loving Neighborhoods

Oct 16, 2013, 11:29 ET from Porch

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Porch (http://porch.com) today announced the results of an analysis of Charlotte project records from winter 2012/2013, showing the top five neighborhoods in the Charlotte area for fireplace improvement projects. And it's smoking hot!

The nation's first home improvement network analyzed home improvement projects in the Charlotte area over last winter to find out which neighborhoods love their fireplaces the most.  The winner: the small town of New London, one hour northeast of Charlotte.  All of the top neighborhoods for fireplace work are in rural areas outside of the Charlotte Outer Loop.



Zip Code


New London









Fort Mill


5 (tie)

Rock Hill


5 (tie)

N. Fort Mill


For people wondering what they can do to improve their fireplace, Kelly Cruz of Kelly Cruz Interiors, a local Charlotte area interior design professional, recommends people with air vented fire places get their chimney cleaned annually, and advises homeowners with gas fireplaces to "have their gas company check for any leaks and make sure the pilot light is working properly." Other typical fireplace projects include everything from hiring a mason to give your fireplace a facelift, a full rebuild of the firebox, or a refacing of the chimney's exterior.

Beyond fireplace maintenance and repair, Cruz has a few creative ideas to spruce up any fireplace. One suggestion she has is to place candles and decorative lanterns inside the fireplace to give a festive and decorative flare. Jack-O-Lanterns would be a great decorative item to place in a fireplace with Halloween quickly approaching. Additionally, there is heat resistant paint that can be used to paint the back of the fireplace to spruce it up.

Homeowners looking for inspiration to improve or update their home's fireplace can check out these great fireplaces on Porch.

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