How to Extend Your Patio Season with an Outdoor Fireplace
Is the cooler weather keeping you indoors more than you’d like? Want to enjoy that beautiful backyard and all the landscaping you’ve done? What if you had a fireplace or fire pit on your patio to warm up beside?
With the relatively mild Oklahoma winters, outdoor fire features greatly extend the “patio season” and provide a great place to gather with family and friends. These outdoor amenities provide both aesthetic and functional benefits for you during the colder days and evenings.
Outdoor fireplaces offer much of the same stylish design as indoor fireplaces. And outdoor fireplaces makes cozy additions to your outdoor living space, providing a warm welcome to family and friends.
Fireplaces and fire pits create a focal point for any gathering, especially in cool weather. An outdoor fireplace can help you extend your outdoor grilling season as well by keeping your guests comfy and warm.
More Outdoor Fireplaces
Recent data suggests the popularity of indoor fireplaces is flaming out, and the outdoor fireplace firing up. A review of U.S. Census Bureau data from 2018 showed 56% of new single-family homes were built without indoor fireplaces, the highest level since at least 1973.
At the same time, a survey done by the American Society of Landscape Architects found outdoor fireplaces and firepits are the most popular outdoor design element cited by landscape architects.
This is supported by a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, which found outdoor fireplaces sparked the interest of 45% of U.S. new-home buyers. That’s up from 42% in 2015 and 37% in 2012.
A popular national provider of information to consumers looking to build a new home offers these five trends as what may be fueling the outdoor fire feature upswing.
Gas-fueled fireplaces that offer more convenience.
• Adding outdoor entertainment centers like televisions and gaming devices.
• Supplementing the fireplace with landscape lighting that makes time by the fireplace more than sitting in the dark.
• Moving artwork outside with decorative insets that serve as nooks and shelves for stand-alone or built-in art.
• Building with multiple materials to mix and match the colors and textures.
Popular Fireplace Designs
An outdoor fireplace can be part of the entertainment the next time a social occasion pops up on your patio. Many designs also allow for a mounted television above so you can view your favorite sports on the patio. Unlike a fire pit, a fireplace directs the smoke above, so it provides the warmth without being adversely affected by the Oklahoma wind.
Other benefits of a fireplace include more patio room and the ability to be a part of a covered pavilion. There are multiple styles to choose from as well as different fuel options.
Wood is a traditional fuel that creates an appealing atmosphere, but also has smoke and embers. Propane is an inexpensive fuel that provides an adjustable flame with the turn of a valve. Natural gas is the cleanest burning and may provide the least maintenance and lowest fuel cost.
When you choose a design for your outdoor fireplace, it’s important to consider the overall scale of your yard and home, as well as what will suit the design of your landscape and home’s exterior.
A huge outdoor fireplace would be too imposing for a small yard and would interfere with your ability to make use of your outdoor living space. A small chiminea would get overwhelmed in a large landscape, making what might have been a focal point just a background player.
From the initial design consultation to constructing the finished project, Havenscapes’ team can help you make the choices that fit your patio and your lifestyle.
The Havenscapes landscaping design experts are happy to discuss a plan for installing an outdoor fireplace or fire pit in your backyard. Contact us or call our Edmond office at (405) 418-4880 to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation.