Tips on Creating the Perfect Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

Ready to create warm memories in your own backyard?  Then a fireplace or fire pit is the perfect addition to your outdoor living space. 

According to industry experts, outdoor living has become more than just a trend.  As the outdoor living concept becomes evergreen, more homeowners are enjoying the investment they make on outdoor amenities.  They also enjoy a return on their investment when it comes time to sell.  According the information published by the National Association of Realtors, homeowners recoup 78 percent of the cost of an outdoor fireplace/fire pit if it is tied into a gas line. 

Here’s some practical advice on how to create the perfect outdoor fireplace or fire pit:

The best location

First, consider the view from the seating area around the fireplace.  You can even stage chairs in the anticipated formation. To ensure it’s a place you look forward to relaxing, make sure the sight line doesn’t present any unsightly surprises. 

Second, some practical advice.  When considering a site for your new fireplace or fire pit, make it convenient.  The further it is from the house, the less it will be used.  Also keep in mind the chimney will need space from any overhead obstructions, such as tree branches or rooflines.  If the fire source is placed within ten feet of your home, the chimney will need to extend three feet above the roofline.  Also, the vent will need to be two feet higher than anything within 10 feet.   

Finally, the fireplace or fire pit will need to be built on a surface that can bear the weight.  Both are made with heavy, flame-resistant materials such as brick or stone, and cannot be supported by a wooden deck. 

Not sure of the best place, or lacking a level spot?  No problem.  The experts at Handy Andy Outdoors can help with site selection and level out the perfect spot for your new outdoor living space.

The right size for the space

Next, it’s time to think about the size of your fireplace or fire pit. Essentially, it needs to be in proportion to your seating space.  Standard fireplace widths are 36, 42 or 48 inches. Of course, the design of the hearth will significantly expand that width, depending on the overall space available.  For fire pits, generally allow for seven feet of space surrounding a fire pit in all directions. 

The right materials and design

Brick, stone and concrete are the most popular materials.  Like interior design, your outdoor living space should blend with your overall design preferences.  From majestic to modern, shabby chic to sleek, there are a number of ways to design a fireplace or fire pit.

The best installation

When it’s time to bring your dream to life, bring in an installation team that shares your vision and sweats the small stuff.  The experts at Handy Andy Outdoors are here to help with every step of the process, and will ensure your outdoor living space will become one of the most popular “rooms” in your home.