So here we are at long last spending more time outdoors . And in doing so our attention is in creating the perfect outdoor living space. Nothing does a better job of anchoring an outdoor living room than a fireplace or fire pit. Outdoor fireplaces continue to grow in popularity with the creation of the popular outdoor living boom.
There is a certain romantic ambiance that surrounds an outdoor fire, or maybe it is a return to a childhood memory when we spent carefree time outdoors camping or at the cottage near or around a camp fire. The glow of the flickering flame invites guests to sit down, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Properly designed and placed fire features can be soothing to one’s soul…
There are several options available but before you choose the fireplace of your dreams, check into your area fire codes to find out what type of outdoor fire pit you are permitted to burn. Regulations differ from region to region, and are set in place for everyone’s protection.
One of the fastest growing trends is outdoor fire pits and fire bowls. There are portable styles manufactured from copper, stainless steel and cast iron, aluminum, clay or ceramic. This is a great investment if you want affordability.
Traditional stone fireplaces require a bit more planning. They should be included in the overall architectural or landscaping layout of the garden.
Any size fireplace or fire pit is a natural focal point. A large stone fireplace can stand on its own, or be incorporated into a retaining wall or garden privacy wall.
All options can create the space of your dreams, it really depends on your budget and space opportunities.
One of my clients has just put in a wood burning fire pit in her beautiful backyard garden oasis. She has two teenage boys that I know are enjoying it immensely; while I for now am relying on my Mexican style wood burning chiminea. I will however admit that I may start looking at possibly a more permanent solution.
Cool nights will never again dictate your outdoor living plans…