Having a fireplace outdoor is not as easy as having it indoor, yet it has its own power to rises the beauty of your garden. Having an outdoor fireplace gives your house an extra aesthetics value and it has a lot of purpose than having it inside the house.
There is a particular ambiance that surrounds the outdoor fireplace. The warms it creates and the glow of the gleaming flame attracts the guests to sit down, relax and enjoy the conversation with you. Designing and installing these features can be worthwhile but it is important to educate yourself with proper construction techniques to prevent costly mistakes.
First you need to consider the purpose of the outdoor fireplace that you want to get, ambiance or functionality. If you want a fireplace to set the mood then choose ambiance, a cozy open hearth can provides an intimate setting for small groups; if you want a design that also serves as a barbecue or pizza oven then you should choose functionality, but the design may be more complex.
Next, consider the design of the hearth. Most people choose to match the design of it with the design of the house. It is highly suggested for you to use bricks as the material, but you can also use stucco as another option.
This next step is the hard one, deciding what type of fireplace you are going to use, wood-burning or gas. Each of them has its own pros and cons that will confuse you. Wood-burning style will gives you a natural sight in which the gas cannot match, however the amount of smokes produced might disturbs the environment around the house; therefore you need to build a chimney according to strict specifications.
Gas fireplace won’t produce any ashes or embers, and smokes as much as the wood-burning fireplace, therefore it seldom requires construction permits; but you won’t have the same ambiance and heat as wood-burning offers and you will have to be very careful with the gas pipe that connects it from the ground to the fireplace.
Once you have done all the steps above, you will be required to plan on adding additional features to the fireplace area. Makes sure that the features like the furniture and the lighting fits with the design of the outdoor fireplace that you have designed.