Creating an outdoor room is a great way to add to the functionality and beauty of your home. And one of the best ways to ensure that your outdoor space gets used and is easy to enjoy is to accessorize with fire. But how can you bring an element of fire into your own space? Here are 3 tips for successfully integrating a fireplace into any outdoor living area.
Save Money. If you're on a budget, there are ways to reduce the cost of a fire element so that you can have one that makes you happy. If a full, custom fireplace isn't an option, talk with your contractor about using a less expensive modular fireplace kit instead. If even that is too much, consider a portable option like a fire bowl, fire pit or chiminea. Wood fireplaces may be less costly than gas or electric due to having few or no utility connections. And think about how your contractor and materials will reach the site -- the less transportation and labor costs, the better the money savings.
Think About its Use. Before deciding on a particular style of fireplace, table or pit, you should spend some time thinking about how you will use the outdoor space. If your entertainment tends to be large dinner parties, for example, you may want to opt for a large stone fireplace or a trendy fire table. But if you like to have different parties of different sizes and temperaments, you may want to go for a more flexible fire pit or bowl. Look at the traffic patterns as well, to ensure that the fire element doesn't restrict movement and isn't unsafe around guests.
Don't Overwhelm. If your budget allows, it can be easy to go overboard with a fireplace or pit in your outdoor room. But just because you can build an enormous fireplace doesn't mean you should. Consider carefully the overall size of the room, what you want to do inside it and how the traffic flows. Your fireplace or pit should be a focal point but not be so intrusive that you can't enjoy the space without it. If you're unsure if a particular design or size is right for your space, ask for input from your contractor before deciding.
By planning for the way you will use your outdoor room and what you want from a fire element, you can find the perfect addition for any space. Click here for more info about fireplace installation.