Fireplaces aren’t just cozy, they anchor and focus a room. Instead of a blank, rectangular box to fill with furniture, a room is given purpose and character from the get go. And in case you haven’t seen after-market fireplaces, custom built by your home’s contractors is the way to go. I’d say the living room is the highest on my list for including a fireplace but if offices, bedrooms and family rooms all love a good mantel-moment. The costly part will be whether you want a stone, plaster or wood-trimmed façade. And if you want cabinets/shelves/other built-ins paired next to it. But remember that a stand alone fireplace is gorgeous and definitely better than no fireplace at all.
Heated floors are a lux, unexpected upgrade that buyers also love so the return on investment are there if you’re worried about resale value later on.