Successfully Integrate Outside Fireplace Ideas on Any Budget
Overwhelmed with the logistics of adding an outside fireplace to your outdoor living space? Whether your fireplace budget is large or small, layout and design are essential to successful integration and optimal function.
Landscape Your Way to Success with a Bit of Pre-Planning for your Outdoor Fireplace
An outdoor fireplace is just one piece of the outdoor living space. There are lots of additional things to consider to make the most of your space and your style. Here are a few things to consider:
What’s the specific function of your outdoor space?
Cooking out? Dining? Relaxing with friends or family? Recreation? Consider how it will connect with surrounding spaces, and how this will effect intended use. If the space is poorly located or suffers accessibility issues, it’s less likely to be used and enjoyed.
How big do you want to go for your fireplace and your space?
A simple patio or deck? A series of outdoor rooms? If the latter, consider a design creation with a cohesive flow that allows for installation in phases if you’re on a budget.
What’s the traffic pattern in this outdoor living space?
Successful design should consider traffic patterns, how they unfold into each other, and consider flow. Where are your doorways, openings, and walkways? Need to separate space or establish ‘zones’? Differentiate with hardscaping materials (pavers, brick, cobblestone) and plant placement to create boundaries and definition. The key to success here is thinking indoors, out. (What aspects of your indoor layout make you crazy? You won’t want to duplicate these issues here.)
Is there anything you can “borrow” to elevate the space without the cost?
Borrowed landscape features – views beyond the area you’re creating (or your property) – may offer free opportunities for focal points, such as water or mountain views – or highlight the need for camouflaging (sheds).
How can you best incorporate a fireplace as a focal point?
With your plan mapped out, consider placement of these functional focal points in each area:
- Big Budget
Dual-sided outside fireplaces such as the Montebello See-Through Gas Fireplace offer multiple focal points and flexibility in use, indoors and out, while popular panoramic such as the Town & Country TC54 provide a luxurious and unique ambiance. Both offer an array of customization options from exterior panels to inserts to match your decor.
- Indie-Style Solutions
Firepits such as the traditional wood-burning circular Grayson Woods or portable gas PatioFlame with glass ember bed offer flexible, affordable solutions for adding a functional focal point on a budget.
- Big Budget
How can you incorporate your personal style in your outdoor living space?
From sophisticated to beach bum, your selection of outdoor furniture and décor should mirror your home’s style – and yours. A few repeated elements, colors, or motifs ensure a harmonious look. Consider the seating cushions, an outdoor rug, or lighting fixtures for ways to incorporate your taste with an overall ambiance.
Have you overlooked functional elements?
Ensure plentiful, varied seating (high, low, portable, stationary, swings, hammocks), and don’t neglect outdoor protection (roof, pergola, awning). Lighting can also be an overlooked feature to transform your space from daytime to evening social area.
From budget-friendly to the lustrous and luxurious, deck out your outdoor living space with the latest fireplaces, firepits, grills and accessories from your neighborhood Fireplace Warehouse ETC today.
Let Fireplace Warehouse Experts Help You Turn Your Ideas into the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace Space
Visit one of our showroom locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, or Fort Collins. Our expert sales team can help you find the perfect outdoor fireplace for your space. We can provide information about the model, parts, installation, safety and more.