Outdoor Fireplace Ideas and Options

Outdoor Fireplace Ideas and Options

Outdoor Fireplace Styles

From Landscaping Network

There is nothing that brings people together on a brisk evening like an outdoor fireplace.  The crackling of the fire, the warmth, and the glow all seem to promote happy feelings and congeniality.  The outdoor fireplace can take on many forms, as this post from the Landscaping Network points out.  Which style will you choose for your outdoor living paradise?

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When it comes to a backyard fireplace, the design options are virtually unlimited. Backyard fireplaces can be built to suit any style—Southwestern, Mediterranean, modern, or traditional. Browse these awesome photos to get design ideas for your own outdoor fireplace project.

Traditional outdoor fireplaces are typically constructed or faced with stone or brick. The firebox opening is often arched and a mantel and extended hearth are usually included in the design. A traditional fireplace will blend well with a ranch, craftsman or colonial style home.

Southwestern style outdoor fireplaces are typically stuccoed to look like adobe. Colored ceramic tile can be used as a decorative accent around the firebox or along the edges of the fireplace. A stair step structure, instead of a straight or sloped chimney, will help add authentic Southwestern style. Another design option is to create your fireplace in the style of a traditional kiva. A kiva fireplace has a smooth, rounded shape that resembles a Mexican bread oven.

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