An outdoor fireplace or fire pit is one of the most attractive, useful and special hardscape design features you can install in your backyard landscape. Why? Because they can be used year-round, become a part of your outdoor kitchen and be a spot where your family, friends and guests will make memories that last a lifetime.
There are so many different styles of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, so we thought we we’d share some of them with you and discuss the best applications of each for your backyard.
Extend your outdoor living space
Oftentimes, we see outdoor fireplaces added directly to the perimeter landscape, which instantly increases the square footage of your home. Your fireplace can be built directly on the outside of your house, tying into an existing chimney system on the inside. Additional seating alongside the fireplace will enhance its function. You can also build a fireplace niche on a wall that extends adjacent to your home. This is ideal if you live in an area that’s windy or with close neighbors, in order to create a more private and sheltered courtyard area.
Extend or link the perimeter
If you like the idea of having a fireplace or fire pit further away from your home, we recommend placing it on the extended perimeter of your patio or backyard border. This can be a wonderful way to use the perimeter to link one area of your yard to another.
A remote focal feature
Because outdoor fire pits tend to be late night congregation areas, many homeowners choose to keep the space removed from the main house. This helps buffer indoor occupants from late-night conversation and laughter. It also protects those around the fire from the glow of exterior house lights, creating a sense of privacy and a better view of the stars.
Adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor landscape will provide enjoyable evenings for a lifetime and will also enhance the resale value of your home. If you’re ready to discuss adding a fireplace to your hardscape or a fire pit in your landscape master plan, contact Dargan Landscape Architects.