Hardscapes: Outdoor Fireplaces
Light Up Your Land
Even in areas of the country where winter doesn’t bring freezing temps or snowy days, outdoor fireplaces can be a great source of enjoyment when it comes to outdoor living. Yes, they give off heat, but they also provide ambiance and offer a certain aesthetic appeal unlike anything else. The crackle of the wood; the glow of the coals; the unmistakable scent of a real, live fire. The dance of the flames can be magical, reminding us of romance or tapping memories of childhoods spent camp side. Having an outdoor fireplace is an ideal way to add that extra bit of interest to any even the most basic landscaping; and if you’re into outdoor entertaining, they can provide the perfect centerpiece for any gathering place.
Full fireplaces might be too large for your landscape, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. Even if you only have room in your backyard for a fire pit, installing one in your stone-pavered patio can be the perfect way to add a unique touch to a petite property. With outdoor seating, friends and family can gather at day’s end to enjoy time under the stars, sipping wine or roasting marshmallows as the sun slips away and the moon comes out to play.
Fire Up the Facts
Depending on the size of your property and the available space you have for a fire feature, you’ll want to consider your options carefully. Some types of fireplaces and fire pits will better suit the overall style of your project, while others will be more affordable to you. Another factor to keep in mind is the location: Is it going to be installed near wood decking or anywhere near flammable material? You’ll want to make sure that flying sparks won’t become a hazard, so make sure that the area is safe enough for a fire feature.
Beware the Burn
Before you make a decision, talk to landscape designers or a professional with experience in hardscape design; they’ll be able to advise you on the different types of fireplaces and what materials may fit your needs. Cast iron, cast aluminum, clay, stone, and brick are all commonly used for outdoor fireplaces; and each offer their own certain appeal and charm. It’s important to realize that, no matter the type of fireplace you choose, outdoor fireplaces will require the same amount of maintenance as one would in your home; ashes need to be removed regularly, and chimneys and flues must be kept clear so that airflow is maximized. With proper care, you’ll be able to bask in the glow of your beautiful fireplace and share in its warmth for years to come.
Light the beauty of your landscape on fire! Give the experienced team of hardscape experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today!