Your patio can provide more value than just a space to lounge on cool summer evenings. While it may already be a pleasant place to relax, with the right enhancements, an outdoor patio can be like another room of your house, more of a year-round destination than a seasonal commodity.
One way to get more out of your patio is by adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. More and more, homeowners are expanding their living to the outdoors, using it as an additional space for entertaining or relaxation. With an outdoor fireplace, you can enjoy spending time on your patio spring, summer, fall and even mild winter days.
If you decide to add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your patio, there are a few factors you need to take into account to make sure that you are getting exactly what you want and need for your home.
Built-in or Stand Alone
Ultimately, determining whether you want your fireplace or fire pit to be built into your patio or stand alone against the patio comes down to aesthetics and personal preference. Pavers or bricks can be assembled around your fireplace to give it the appearance of being a part of the patio itself. Many homeowners prefer this style because it allows the fireplace to better blend with the patio, creating a consistent, uniform look. However, a stand alone will serve the same purpose and function as more of a centerpiece.
Source of Heat
Fireplaces and fire pits are available in either wood-burning or gas-powered models. Some homeowners simply prefer the scent and sound of a wood fire, creating the ambiance of a camping trip right in your backyard. Others, however, find gas to be easier and more convenient. You can turn your gas fire on and off with a simple flip of a switch, assuring that no remnants will still be burning when you return indoors.
Size and Appearance
The size of your outdoor fireplace or fire pit will depend on the size of the fire and the space you want to fill on your patio. If you want to entertain and warm a large group of family and friends, then you should you should increase the size of your fireplace in order to accommodate a larger fire. After making this decision, you can decide how you want your fireplace to look, whether your want to match or complement the exterior of your home or patio.
When you add an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to your patio, you will find yourself spending more time than ever enjoying your backyard. The previously unexciting patio will now become the perfect place for birthdays, barbecues, and time spent relaxing with family and friends.
Scott Clawson is the Director of Marketing for Craft Stove and Fireplace Center. Since 1979 Craft Stove and Fireplace Center has served the Georgia region with the finest fireplace and stove services and equipment. Whether building a home, upgrading an existing stove, or retrofitting your heating system, Craft Stove and Fireplace Center can assist you with ideas and suggestions for Atlanta fireplace and Atlanta wood stove products that coordinate well in antique, modern, or contemporary settings.