Fall is a time abundant with warm and cozy associations. Do you see yourself bundled up in a sweater with a warm mug of something delicious, enjoying the cool and crisp air? Chances are this image includes an outdoor fire. Whether you imagine an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit, there are several factors to consider in the planning and, as in most things landscape, location is first on the list.
Place your fireplace or fire pit
How trafficked is the area in which you are planning to place your fireplace/pit? Should it be on a deck or patio adjacent to your home? An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will extend your home’s living space, making it an area you can enjoy almost year-round, and increase your home’s property value.
Thinking about how you like to entertain will help you pick the best placement for either a permanent structure or a portable one. For example, if you have a pool you might want to consider placing the fireplace or fire pit nearby; your friends and family will gravitate towards it after a dip. On the other hand, if you have smaller yard, you might want to put it closer to your house and let the surrounding landscape be a strong supporting player. Whatever you decide, size and scale is always important. Sunrise Landscape and Design has lots of ideas and we are happy to help you pick the best location for what you want.
Decide how you will use your fireplace / fire pit
It’s also important to really think about how you will use your fireplace / fire pit. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will immediately become the focal point of your landscape. The warm glow of a fire is always inviting. Don’t forget to think about furniture placement around it, if you intend to create an area for lounging. If you are considering an outdoor fireplace that can be used for cooking, remember to leave enough space for a dining table and chairs. Space requirements could affect the placement of the structure. This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised to know how many people find themselves so excited by the idea of construction that they forget to think about the additional space that will be needed for the outdoor seating area.
Design your fireplace or fire pit
The design process is often the fun part. If you’re considering a fireplace, you can opt for a “built in” style, attaching it to the side of the home or another adjacent wall in the outdoor space. Stand-alone options are also available. Materials can range from brick, to different kinds of stones or marble. A fireplace is often a permanent structure with a firebox and a chimney. It can be the traditional rectangle, or it can be a square, round, or oval. The essential element is a fireproof firebox that is large enough to fit the wood in comfortably.
The exterior can be entirely designed up to your specifications, in harmony with the rest of your home, but the style of your outdoor space should harmonize with the rest of your landscape. For example, brick gives a timeless appeal and character, and there are brick veneers that are easy to work with. Stone and rocks, such as river rock and flagstone, can offer a stunning and organic look. Bear in mind, if your home is a brick colonial, you might not want to consider stucco. Though it’s a much more inexpensive material, stucco is a better complement to a Southwestern style home. Consistency in style is important from an aesthetic perspective as well as a practical one. The more harmonious all parts of your landscaping are, the more cohesive the look. A cohesive look translates into increased property value.
Contact our experts at Sunrise
Sunrise Landscape and Design has built many different fireplace/fire pit structures with a wide variety of materials. We will work with you to design the perfect fireplace/fire pit to fit in seamlessly with your landscape and provide the perfect space for entertaining and enjoying the cool fall evenings. Our experts have all of this in hand, so relax, you don’t have to put on your Fire Marshall hat when considering a fireplace or fire pit for your fall and winter enjoyment. We can do it for you. Contact Sunrise Landscape and Design to get started!