Outdoor fireplaces can add charm and comfort to any outdoor living space. They can be built on decks, sunrooms, patios, or porches. Once you’ve chosen to add an outdoor fireplace to your Chapel Hill, Durham, or Raleigh-area home, deciding upon the placement is the first step in the design process. You’ll also want to consider the benefits and options between gas and wood-burning fireplaces, and the variety of design options that come with each.
At Archadeck of Raleigh Durham, we find that porches are the most popular place for outdoor fireplaces. Our clients love to enjoy family time, entertaining, or unwinding after a busy day on their open or screened porches. Adding an outdoor fireplace makes the space usable throughout more months of the year. In addition to providing warmth to chilly air, fireplaces can also become a social hub and visual focal point for the porch. Fireplaces can be added to existing porches to give the space a totally new feel, or incorporated into the original design of a new space.
Choosing the placement of your porch fireplace is a big decision. Corner fireplaces are popular but they can take up a great deal of floor space. If you place your fireplace along a wall, you’ll keep more livable space on the porch. Another important consideration is visibility to your yard. You want to make sure the fireplace doesn’t obscure your favorite view. Similarly, the fireplace can function as a privacy wall if there’s a particular area outside the porch that you’d rather not see.
Another important decision in planning your new porch fireplace is whether you want it to burn gas or wood. Each type has unique benefits to consider.
Another important fireplace choice is style. Both gas and wood-burning fireplaces can be built in a traditional open-hearth style or you can use an insert or a stove. The advantages of each style include:
Fireplace façade options abound, but stone remains quite popular. Choose from natural or cultured stone to fit your budget, style, and lifestyle. Stone façades can add tremendous visual interest and an upscale look. For the hearth, choose from marble, flagstone, recycled granite, slate, limestone, or a number of other man-made or natural stone options. Mantel options allow design inspiration to flourish. From classic stained oak with decorative moldings to a marble slab or repurposed antique barn wood, your outdoor fireplace can be fully customized to your liking.
Give us a call now for a design consultation about adding an outdoor fireplace to your Durham, Chapel Hill, or Raleigh porch, deck, sunroom or patio. We look forward to working with you! 919-973-1523
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