Increase Your Home Value With A Covered Patio With Fireplace
No longer an afterthought, consumers are redesigning their underutilized outdoor space. Many homeowners are discovering the joys of giving their backyards a sophisticated update with the installation of a fire feature. Moreover, one of the best ways to create a four-season outdoor room is with a covered patio with fireplace.
Reasons Why Homeowners Are Choosing A Covered Patio With Fireplace Renovation
Most real estate agents agree that buyers want a beautiful, functional outdoor space. Usually, the creation of an outdoor area begins with the patio. While a patio adds both function and value to your home, many homeowners want more.
First, homeowners want protection from the heat of the sun. Sitting in direct sunlight can make you feel much hotter than reclining in the shade. Additionally, UV rays are harmful. If your backyard doesn’t have many trees, you may want to consider installing a pergola or roof over your patio. Installing a roof also offers protection from the rain.
But what happens when the weather turns colder? You can still enjoy your outdoor space with the magic of a winter fire. Moreover, a fireplace can create enough heat to keep your patio cozy. While the heat from a firepit tends to dissipate, a fireplace retains and radiates warmth. Thus, your space becomes usable all year round. Better yet, you could even turn the area into an outdoor pizza oven as well so that you have a bit of an outdoor kitchen to enjoy.
Additionally, entertaining in your outdoor space during the holidays offers a magical experience. By hanging twinkling Christmas lights, ornaments, and decorations, you can create a wondrous space. Your guests will enjoy some fresh air while staying warm by the cozy fire. It’s a welcoming environment few can resist.
Always Choose A Professional To Build A Covered Patio With Fireplace
Whenever you add a fire feature to your backyard, you must consider many safety issues. However, a professional can properly build your hardscape structure offering benefits while safeguarding against dangerous problems.
1. Following Local Ordinances And Obtaining A Building Permit
While many towns allow outdoor fireplaces, you must follow your city’s rules for building one. Often, you’ll need a permit and adhere to construction regulations. For example, your municipality may dictate you construct your structure a particular distance from your house. Additionally, the local ordinance may specify that your chimney must be a certain height.
Hiring a professional, like Landscape Solutions & Designs, Inc means you don’t have to worry about any of this. As experienced landscapers, we’re familiar with your town’s rules and regulations. Moreover, we handle all the required paperwork for you.
2. Ensure Proper Ventilation
Most outdoor fireplaces require a chimney to vent or remove byproducts away from people. Typically burning wood burning produces a lot of smoke requiring a chimney to direct it up and away. Furthermore, smoke contains particulate matter (PM) which can affect your health.
While most gas-burning outdoor fireplaces don’t require a chimney, you will still need a vent. Although gas burns more cleanly than wood, it does produce carbon monoxide. A venting system will safely remove this harmful byproduct.
3. Consider The Orientation
Your property’s wind direction can affect the enjoyment of your fireplace. Unfortunately, this isn’t something many homeowners consider. Placing your structure with the back facing the wind will reduce smoke and also act as a windbreak.
4. Build A Strong Foundation
An outdoor fireplace requires a flat and level surface to protect against settling and the freeze/thaw cycle. Even though North Carolina experiences mild winters, freezing water in the soil can still shift the ground. Without a strong foundation to sit upon, your outdoor fireplace can sink and topple in just a few years.
FAQs About Constructing A Covered Patio With Fireplace
Excited about transforming your backyard into a stunning covered patio with fireplace but have additional questions? Below we tackle some common queries.
How Much Value Will An Outdoor Fireplace Add To My Home?
Generally, trying to determine the increase in value of any home improvement project can be difficult. Many factors such as materials and size can affect the worth of your home. However, most real estate experts estimate an increase of 10-20% of your overall value.
Should I Choose A Wood Burning Or Gas Outdoor Fireplace?
Each choice has pros and cons. For example, gas burning outdoor fireplaces offer convenience. With a touch of a button, you can have a roaring fire. Gas also burns cleaner without producing smoke or ash and is better for the environment. However, you’ll need to run a gas line. Plus, the cost can be much more than building a wood burning outdoor fireplace. Finally, you can’t cook over a gas fireplace.
In contrast, a wood burning outdoor fireplace gives you the scent of burning wood and the sound of crackling embers. Plus, you can cook a wide variety of food over the flames. Yet, maintaining a wood burning outdoor fireplace is more time-consuming than a gas burning one.
Usually, how you plan to use your fire feature can help you pick. Moreover, the experts at Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc. can help you decide which fits your needs and budget.
Can You Give Me An Estimated Price?
Sometimes, the site conditions can affect the cost of your project. For example, if your yard is uneven, you may need grading. That’s why we give free no -obligation estimates for all our projects. After viewing your property and discussing your needs, we’d be happy to give you a detailed estimate.
What Areas Do You Serve?
We provide landscaping services for both residential and commercial properties in the Greater Piedmont Triad area including:
- Irvin Park
- Buena Vista
Our company can transform your property from ordinary into stunning with the wide variety of services we offer. Call Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc. today at 336-442-0160 to book your free no-obligation consultation.