Outdoor Fireplace Designs
Adding a fireplace to your home’s outdoor area can deliver a refreshing vibe that emphasizes relaxation. Such an area can be a great place to sit down with friends or family, kick back and enjoy great conversations. However you use the area, the following design ideas are a great place to start when considering the addition of an outdoor fireplace:
- Blend In - In many cases, outdoor fireplace designs can be seamlessly integrated into outdoor areas by taking on a look that blends in with the surrounding outdoor space. For example, the specific stone style of the fireplace may match the outdoor flooring, fencing or even the exterior siding of the home.
- Landscape Elements – You should take landscape elements into account when deciding on what kind of outdoor fireplace design to go with. For example, if your view has mountains or woods in the background, perhaps you’d be better suited by a more rustic stone style. On the other hand, if you live in a more urban area with a cityscape in the background, you may instead decide to go with a more contemporary style.
- Usability – Looking great isn’t the only important appeal of a great outdoor fireplace. Consider usability and how the area functions as well. Of course, you won’t want your outdoor fireplace to block out things like nice views or things you may need to keep a watchful eye on - like who’s pulling up in your driveway or opening a door. Also, if you have a swimming pool, BBQ pit or other outdoor element you frequently use, you’ll likely want to place your outdoor fireplace within near proximity. In other words, your main goal should be to create a focal point of activity that’s in a reasonable distance of everything you use.
- Type – For the outdoor area, you can either go with a gas fueled or wood-burning fireplace. Each has its own distinctive advantages and disadvantages. Gas fireplaces are easy to light and provide a steady, reliable flame but require a gas line. Meanwhile, wood-burning fireplaces have more variety and a pleasant aroma, but can be difficult to ignite– especially if outdoor wind conditions are rough.
Heat & Glo offers a variety of cost effective outdoor fireplace options, both Gas-powered and Wood-burning. Among our offerings are the Twilight Modern Gas Fireplace and the Twilight II. As indoor/outdoor see-through fireplaces, these product designs allow your fireplace to multitask as both an indoor and outdoor central hub of activity – a place where you can kick back and relax with friends and family.