Don’t Miss These Outdoor Fireplace Ideas This Year
If you’re looking for outdoor fireplace ideas to add some warmth to your outdoor space this season, you’ve come to the right place.
Here at Dutchies Stoneworks, we specialize in both wood and gas fireplaces that are great for adding function and beauty to your outdoor living spaces. If you are already set on purchasing an outdoor fireplace but aren’t sure about some of the details, we’re here to help. This blog post will go over some ideas on size, placement, style, and all of the other added details of your new fireplace, plus plenty of photos to keep you inspired!
Size & Location
When it comes to your outdoor fireplace’s size and location, it’s all going to depend on your current outdoor space. For instance, if you already have a patio in place, we’ll likely have to cut a portion of it away to properly lay a foundation for the fireplace.
As far as location goes, this can also depend on your personal preference. Some designs feature a fireplace attached directly to the home, while others locate the fireplace in the corner of the backyard or at the end of the patio. As long as the height of the fireplace clears your home or any structure it’s attached to (this is for safety code reasons), you’re good to go. Check out some of the projects we’ve done below to see examples of various outdoor fireplace placements!
Material & Aesthetics
As professional stone masons, all of our fireplaces (and other projects) are crafted from natural stone. The most common and favored stone we use is Pennsylvania fieldstone, but we can work with your preference.
Brick is another common material we use when building fireplaces or outdoor ovens—it all comes down to what look or aesthetic you want to achieve.
Here are a few examples of outdoor fireplace ideas to help inspire you.
Outdoor fireplaces can range from extremely simple to very elaborate and ornate. But it’s those additional fireplace features or details that can really make it unique.
We always like to suggest adding shoulders (see in the first photo below) to fireplaces to give it a more traditional look. Shoulders and flagstone caps can be more aesthetically pleasing as well!
There are also mantels, which would be made of stone on an outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplace mantels are a perfect place to put potted plants or other small décor items. Including a large stone hearth is also a popular option, which can be as simple or decorative as you like.
Another stylistic recommendation we like to make here at Dutchies is to add one or two wood boxes to the side of your fireplace. These give you a place to keep your fireplace wood nice and dry, while still keeping it near where you will use it. Our wood boxes come in three sizes—36″, 42″, and 48″—and are all custom-built.
The fire brick we use in our fireplaces’ backs can also be laid out in two different patterns, herringbone or running-bond. Check out a few more photos below to see examples!
Ready to Turn Your Outdoor Fireplace Ideas Into Reality?
Dutchies Stoneworks is ready to help! For over 15 years, our stone masonry experts have brought quality outdoor fireplaces, patios, kitchens, walls, and more to the southeastern Pennsylvania area. We work on every job like it’s our own home, and we’re excited to help you add a touch of warmth to your space with a custom stone fireplace.
Contact us today to get started or ask questions about how we can help you with your next project.