Outdoor fireplaces are no longer a luxury to many homeowners but are a necessity for every family that enjoys spending time in their outdoor living spaces. They provide a wonderful gathering spot for friends and family and warmth on those chilly Carolina winter evenings. Outdoor fireplaces offer much more than just the warmth, they add function and beauty to your outdoor living space, while also potentially increasing the value of your home.
COST OF OUTDOOR FIREPLACES
Whether it’s a natural stone outdoor fireplace or paver fireplace, outdoor fireplaces can
cost a lot of money. Therefore, it is crucial that you consider the type, size and quality of an outdoor fireplace. Designs range from custom-built to match your homes exterior stone or patio to pre-built fireplaces made of more common materials. When it comes to your fireplace installation, your budget and style play a huge role.
GAS VS. WOOD OUTDOOR FIREPLACES
Do you want a gas or a wood fireplace? Both offer different outdoor fireplace experiences. Wood can be a great way to warm marshmallows but gas fireplaces are more environmentally friendly.
CHOOSING THE DESIGN OF THE FIREPLACE
There are many fireplace designs, and finding the best design for your space and aesthetic can take some time. You must decide whether you want natural stone such as flagstone, slate, bluestone and limestone or if a paver design meets your needs better. Natural stone offers more unique looks while pavers have a uniform quality.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLACEMENT
A little considered but major factor is the placement of your outdoor fireplace. Should it be the focal point of your outdoor patio or in a more intimate location? It's not unusual to see them near gardens or on balconies. Decide where it makes the most sense for you and your family. Whatever place you choose, remember that your placement should go well with the size of the fireplace.
A very important feature and not immediately considered is how a outdoor fireplace installation will add to the resale value of your home. Having unique characteristics such as a outdoor fireplace will distinguish it from yours neighbors. Many homeowners find that a new outdoor fireplace installation pays for itself and then some in the value it adds to their homes.
Check out the Charlotte Paver & Stone Design Gallery for outdoor fireplace installation ideas.