One of the biggest trends in landscape improvements is the outdoor fireplace, which makes it possible to enjoy your outdoor living space all year-round. If you’ve been thinking about adding a fireplace to your landscape, you have some decisions to make. For example:
- Do you want gas-burning or wood-burning? Wood-burning fireplaces provide a more authentic look and feel with crackling sounds and the smell of smoke. Gas-burning fireplaces don’t create any smoke and are easily turned on and off.
- Do you want to include a grill for barbecuing? What about storage space for wood or shelves to hold other items?
- What construction materials do you want to use? Brick, stone, concrete… a combination of all three? How about adding small rocks or tiles for unique finishing touch?
- Where will your fireplace be located? You’ll want to keep it as far away as possible from your home, plants and any other structures that could burn. Also, be sure that there is at least 3’ of clearance between seating areas and the fireplaces (for both safety and comfort).
Carefully planned and professionally installed, an outdoor fireplace is sure to become a popular “hot spot” on your property. Enjoy!
Cooler nighttime temperatures don’t have to put an end to outdoor enjoyment. With a backyard
fire pit or fireplace, you can extend the use of your outdoor living space well into the fall and even winter. Depending on your goals and budget, there are all sorts of options in both styles and materials to meet your specific needs.
Generally speaking, fire pits are more casual than fireplaces and lend themselves more easily to entertaining. They radiate more heat and can keep more people cozy in chilly weather. If you’re looking for portability, free-standing, cast iron fire pits with wheels can easily be moved out of the way when not in use. Or, if you’d like something more permanent, you might consider an actual pit dug into the ground with a gravel bottom and natural stones around the perimeter.
If you desire a more formal look, fireplaces can be constructed out of brick, stone and even concrete in a variety of colors. Venting hoods, shelves for decorative items and storage space for wood can be incorporated to improve both looks and functionality. For added appeal, the space around an outdoor fireplace can be designed to mimic a comfortable and inviting living room setting. Though they’re a bit more costly than fire pits, fireplaces are an excellent way to increase the resale value of your home.
With an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, you’ll be providing fire for all to admire!