Aesthetics and ambiance first...
supplemental heating ability second. What stove or fireplace pushes your buttons (so to speak)?
This is in a custom small bricked ranch home. Inside is being completely re-done with new kitchen, nice windows, new entry, etc. Has red oak floors and standard height ceiling and semi-open floorplan. Kicthen is open to living room which is 17'x 18'.
Home had it's original chimney/fireplace removed completely as it was bad. So there is a hole, but not firm on filling "it" particularly.
Budget of near 8K.