Outdoor Gas Fireplace & Gas Fireplace Inserts: Design Considerations
Few things are more memorable than enjoying a cool summer night around a gas fireplace with friends and family. A warm and welcoming focal point, gas fireplaces are becoming a “must have” for those planning an outdoor living space, providing fun and functional use of outdoor space well past sundown. Placement, however, is crucial.
Incorporating a Gas Fireplace into Your Outdoor Living Space Design
When designing your space, there are an array of important considerations to locating your fire element…
- Design scheme
Beautiful, convenient, and practical, gas fireplaces and gas fireplace inserts, make the perfect focal point for outdoor rooms, extending your living space and bringing the indoors out with their coziness and warmth. Where should you locate this soon-to-be heavily trafficked area? The size of your outdoor living space as well as the configuration of natural gas lines may influence your location, however popular choices include:
- Built-in or attached to an outside wall of your home.
- Freestanding on your deck or patio.
- In the center of your seating area to maximize seating capacity.
Do you prefer the elegant, old fashioned feeling of traditional style gas fireplaces, with designs reminiscent of a wood burning fire, or the sleek lines and minimalist feel of contemporary gas fireplace designs? Or is the dramatic, 360-degree view of a see-thru fireplace more your style?
Before selecting a fireplace location, test and consider wind patterns. A portable/tabletop grill makes for a fantastic tester, helping you easily identify wind flow so you can ensure guests will not experience hot and cold spots due to the improper positioning of your gas fireplace with respect to seating.
- Legal & safety concerns
Though gas fireplaces can typically be placed anywhere, be certain to consult safety recommendations and city codes to determine necessary permitting and restrictions before finalizing your outdoor living space design. This can help you avoid any costly design mistakes.
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