Please offer suggestions for my fireplace issue
We building a new house in a historic style and will have a gas fireplace in our grand room/family room. I want one that looks like an old fashioned fireplace with real bricks in a herringbone pattern and no glass in front of the fake logs. The fireplace salesman we visited this morning said unless we have a mason build it from scratch we need a firebox, made of steel that we can use sheets of firebrick inside of, but that it needs a glass front. None of this looks nice to me for such a focal point in our house. What are my options? I'm so lost and this dealer was not very helpful and we have no idea what to do. thank you.