If you are looking for a good fireplace and not having the money to pay to have one built into your home, the best choice would be an electric fireplace.
An electric fireplace is nothing like a regular fireplace, however it gives off the same ambiance and feel all while acting as a very large space heater at the same time.
Also electric fireplaces are not too pricey. You will spend a little over one thousand dollars for a decent one, and it is something you can actually install yourself without the need to hire a fireplace professional to do it. That is the other bonus about having an electric fireplace. I myself have now had an electric fireplace for about 7 years now and it has been doing me and my family real good. At the holiday season around Christmas it is something that can be decorated just like a real authentic fireplace. If you were to go the other fake fireplace route you would not be able to hang anything near or on it because we would be talking about a gas fireplace. Those are not as good as electric fireplaces anyhow. Also, with the electric fireplace acting as a very large space heater in addition, we have been having great luck in saving money on our monthly electric bills as well. We give the central heating and air conditioning system’s heater a break when it is cold in the day time or waking hours and use the electric fireplace. It works well to really heat up the living room area of our home. I can not say enough good things about the electric fireplace!