Remember the fun of roasting marshmallows by an open fire?
Perhaps not campsite in plaid flannel these days, but a crackling fire adds an outdoor heating source to keep alfresco dining and sunset cocktails going strong … in any season.
We’re seeing our clients adding upwards of 1500 square feet in dedicated hardscaped outdoor space. The U.S Census Bureau, tracking the recent growth, notes the addition of outdoor living space to new home construction projects has skyrocketed from the years 2010-2017. Patios saw a 112% increase over that period, decks and porches 40% and 28% respectively.
Find inspiration for your custom-designed outdoor fireplace with these trends:
No more hauling and stacking wood. Many of our clients are choosing mess-free gas fireplaces with time-saving features that include battery-powered controls that can ignite a fire from inside the home.
Consider a double-sided fireplace so your family and friends can mingle on either side. Built to an exterior wall, it’s an elegant indoor-outdoor design feature.
Choose a design with a wood-fired oven and it’s center stage for your outdoor kitchen. And a place to roast those marshmallows again.
A linear fireplace with a corner can dramatically draw attention to the architecture of your outdoor living space with its wraparound design.
Choose stone. It’s fire resistant and can be arranged in attractive patterns. for a look that’s rustic or modern. Use it as an accent wall, perhaps for that pizza oven.
Select low voltage lighting fixtures with soft down-lighting to showcase the fireplace and your landscape.
With extended square footage, your fireplace becomes the focal point for outdoor cooking, dining, entertaining, and simply relaxing. Watch football with friends around a TV and bar area or read comfortably by the light of the fire. Get cozy for some late night stargazing.
After all, it’s your custom-designed outdoor family room!
Let us help keep your outdoor home fires burning bright.