With the beautiful days of spring approaching now might be a good time to start thinking about outdoor living spaces once more!
Thank heavens, the days of a plain and bare porch are gone.
The new porch is a living space all its own, complete with comfortable sofas, area lighting, inviting floor coverings, and, if you’re lucky, an outdoor fireplace!
Beautiful and Functional
The visual impact of an outdoor fireplace can be extraordinary. The photo above shows that the results can be, well, wow!
Outdoor rooms often have the enviable benefit of abundant space available.
The lack of walls open up design opportunities that don’t exist inside. The ways to make an outdoor fireplace beautiful are virtually unlimited.
But the examples shown here are much, much more than a pretty face! The functionality is undeniable. Outdoor fireplaces provide more than you might think!
- Confine the space – This can be a good thing making an otherwise wide-open area feel cozy and comfortable.
- Block undesired views – Have a neighbor you don’t want to look at? Fireplaces, especially with chimneys, are great for this.
- Create a focal point – Focal points outside can play a huge role in the feel of interior spaces. Use a fireplace to make a great one!
- Hide structural components – Is there a post right where you don’t want it? What if it was a beautiful fireplace?
More Options Outdoors
Interior fireplaces have lots of building codes related to chimneys, gas lines, and distances from various “combustible” building components!
Understandably so! Outdoor fireplaces are much more open to design flexibility.
Notice how the beautiful brick fireplace below is able to stop short at just over head-height. The short chimney gets smoke high enough to avoid it being in the space, but keeps the sky visually uncluttered and is less expensive to build!
You also get to choose from a wider range of materials outside. The amazing and massive fireplace below uses the same exterior finish as the rest of the house walls. The result is a fireplace that looks incredible, blends with the overall design, and is designed to withstand the elements.
Add Space, Create Warmth, Enjoy Outdoors!
Outdoor living spaces are wonderful in so many ways. Time with friends and family can transform into an unforgettable experience when you turn up the heat a little!
Here’s to an endless supply of beautiful springtime evenings enjoying outdoor living in your home! Cheers!
Photo source: CoastalLiving.com