Outdoor Fireplace Construction Will Beautify Your Yard
Today, homeowners continue to improve their outdoor space with new design elements. As the trend continues to turn outdoor spaces into rooms, consumers continually opt for the addition of a fire feature. When you’re considering outdoor fireplace construction, consult the experts at Landscape Design & Solutions, Inc, first.
Great Ways To Enjoy Your Fireplace All Year Round
One of the best ways to connect with people is around a fire. Crackling wood, dancing flames, smoky scent, and cozy warmth combine to create the perfect atmosphere. Thus, your fireplace can serve as a focal point for different types of outdoor areas:
1. Entertaining Space
Whether you love to have family or friends over, creating outdoor rooms can enlarge your entertainment space. A fireplace can center your outdoor room as guests will naturally gravitate toward this structure. As temperatures turn chillier, you can still use your outdoor space for entertaining by the warmth of a crackling fire.
2. Alfresco Dining
Eating under the stars creates an ambiance you can’t recreate indoors. Plus, food tastes better when eaten outdoors around a fire!
3. Spa Ambiance
Consumers pay a lot of money to enjoy the benefits of a spa. However, you can create a similar ambiance by combining a pool with a fireplace. Imagine warming up by your outdoor fireplace after a dip in the pool. The combination makes a peaceful, relaxing retreat.
4. Cooking Space
Food cooked over a fire has a distinct taste with a depth of flavor you can’t achieve in an oven. Keep in mind that only wood-burning fireplaces are suitable for cooking. Moreover, be sure to use natural hardwood fuel with no artificial additives.
5. Colorful Light Show
You can turn your wood-burning fire into a spectacular show with flame colorants. These products will turn your flames into vibrant hues like blue, green, pink, or purple for a magical effect.
This Project Isn’t For The Weekend DIYer
Online tutorials break down building an outdoor fireplace into simple steps:
- Build the base
- Lay the foundation block
- Construct your firebox
- Add the smoke chamber and chimney
However, building an outdoor fireplace can be quite a complex undertaking. First, your fireplace will be extremely heavy requiring a strong footing. Skimp on the base and your fireplace may crack and crumble.
Additionally, if you’re designing the fireplace, you’ll need to whip out your calculator. A wood-burning fireplace requires an exact ratio of the firebox to the chimney size. While a gas fireplace won’t necessarily require a chimney, pipeline installation requires a professional.
Often, homeowners will buy a fireplace kit with everything included. Although kits help with structural design issues, you still need basic construction and masonry knowledge. Plus, you’ll need specialized tools.
Let’s look at one final thought on undertaking outdoor fireplace construction. Usually, local codes are very specific in the placement and dimensions. You may even have to obtain a building permit. Hiring a professional can ensure your structure meets all local regulations while providing you with optimal enjoyment.
Best Material Choices
Typically, you must construct the firebox from a material able to withstand the high temperatures of a fire. The most popular choice for this is usually fire brick.
However, you can choose from several materials for the outside of your structure for a truly customized look. Brick, stucco, concrete, cinder block, or stone are all heat-safe materials ideal for your fireplace.
Usually, your choice should integrate into your landscape and complement your home. Keep in mind that some materials, like natural stone, may require extra cutting and shaping. This can drive up your labor costs.
Outdoor Fireplace Construction – FAQs
Do you still have questions about outdoor fire features? We put together a short FAQ section on some commonly asked questions about outdoor fireplace construction. If you still have questions, we’d be happy to answer them. Give us a call at 336-442-0160.
How Much Will An Outdoor Fireplace Cost?
Once you decide you want an outdoor fireplace, your choices of size, fuel, and materials will greatly affect your price. Moreover, adding design features like an extended hearth or storage box will increase your costs.
The good news is we work with budgets of different sizes. Plus, we offer financing options through Greensky® to help you transform your yard.
When you call us, we can schedule a free no-obligation meeting. During our meeting, we’ll inspect your yard and talk about your ideas and budget. Then, we’ll develop a design based on our discussion.
Where’s The Best Location To Put My Fireplace?
Ultimately, choosing the right spot for your outdoor fireplace will determine how often you use it. For example, you want enough space for seating and moving around the furniture. You also don’t want to put it in a remote corner of your yard.
We can help you choose the best location for your fire feature where you’ll get the most enjoyment. During our meeting, we’ll evaluate your property, intended function, and budget to make our recommendation.
Is A Fire Pit A Better Option?
Maybe or maybe not. A lot depends on your property and intended use. However, whichever structure you decide upon, we can design and install it for you. Landscape Solutions & Design, Inc. is a locally owned company providing design, installation, and maintenance of your property. Whether you have a commercial or residential property, we can handle all your landscaping needs.
Call us today at 336-442-0160 for your free consultation.