Imagine the perfect summer (fall or spring too!) night. The temperature has dropped, and the kids have moved inside to watch a movie since it’s gotten cooler. What if you had an outdoor fireplace that you could extend the length of time you could spend outside on any given day? Either with a flick of a switch or with a few logs, matches and kindling, the family could be enjoying sometime a fire, roasting marshmallows, telling stories and making plans for the rest of your weekend. Installing a backyard fireplace is not only an investment in your property but it can be an exceptional opportunity to bring people together.
The Perfect Outdoor Living Place Starts with Ideas
To have the perfect outdoor space, consider a few fireplace ideas. What do you want this space to look like? Do you want a fireplace to be a focal point in your yard or would you prefer something smaller like a fire pit? How do you envision your family and friends using it? Be as creative as you would like. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A simple option is to install a fire pit and add seating around it. These can be portable or stationary, the possibilities are truly endless.
- Do you want your outdoor living space to offer other activities? Instead of just roasting marshmallows, why not have a built-in pizza oven or perhaps an area to grill? Then, your fireplace becomes a central point for an entertainment area.
- How do you see yourself making memories here? Will it just be you and your loved one? Will you host friends for dinner? This will determine how large your fireplace should be
Think about what you hope to gain with this new addition, have an initial idea of what you think you would like and be open to ideas from your landscaping experts. View our photo gallery for fireplace ideas.
What Goes Into Fireplace Design?
Professional fireplace design is important for safety reasons as well as for long-term usability. You want this space to add value to your home while also giving you a fantastic place to spend time with the kids, grandkids, or even just some friends. Think outside of the box, this is a chance to be as creative as you would like. A professional landscape design company will work with you to ensure you have the perfect fireplace that’s beyond what you could have hoped for.
The design process will focus on creating a space that's safe and laid out in a way that adds value and functionality. You'll need to think about seating, whether you want gas or wood, if you wish to add lighting, and storage. Think about placement, make sure to place it where it won’t obstruct your views.
A well-designed back yard fireplace is going to be a place you love to spend time enjoying with your favorite people, make sure to take the time to evaluate all of your options and create a space that will fit into and enhance your family’s lifestyle.