Fireplace Ideas to Perk Up Your Patio

Katelyn Preston January 13, 2017

Does your patio look uninspired, seldom used and sporting only a smattering of chairs and a table? There's one thing it’s probably missing — a fireplace.

If done well, a fireplace can turn your patio into a multi-season entertaining oasis. Not only that, it can also add unmatched ambiance, lighting, heat, and functionality to your outdoor space. Here are some fireplace ideas to make your patio awesome.

  • Include a built-in grill, sink or bar along with the fireplace to turn your patio into a complete entertainment zone for your guests.
  • For a wonderful fire-on-ice effect, use fireglass crystals in your fireplace. These are specially formulated jewel like glass crystals for use in fireplaces, fire pits and gas fire pits as an alternative to lava rocks, but they also increase the ‘oomph’ factor of your fireplace to a considerable degree. 
  • Let your fireplace become a focal point in your patio landscape by arranging seating options to give your guests extra space to relax, or you can perk up the area with potted plants or other outdoor décor.
  • Use concrete blocks to build a portable fireplace. Since you won’t need to use mortar, glue, nails or anything like to build it, your concrete block fireplace can be easily moved around. This is a great space-saving idea for small patios.
  • To liven up a dull stone-finish fireplace, you could add a set of brightly colored chairs and a couple of side tables for that pop of color.
  • If you have trees around your home, a rustic stone fireplace can fit perfectly into the wooded setting. You could add a dash of green in the form of cushions, table tops etc. to your space to draw an interesting parallel with the lush foliage.

But before going ahead with these ideas, make sure you have the right fireplace to begin with. Here are some things you must consider before introducing a fireplace in your patio or any other outdoor space:

Be realistic
Consider the available space so you know exactly how much room there is to work with. The fireplace you choose should be large enough to heat the space sufficiently, but small enough to not completely overwhelm the look of your patio.

Treat it as an extension of your decor
One common mistake people make with working with outdoor fireplace is treating it like a separate entity instead of building it as an extension of the existing décor. You should take care of this aspect you don’t want your fireplace to stick out like a sore thumb.

Wood or gas-burning?
You should choose between wood and gas-burning fireplaces after weighing their pros and cons as they apply to you. For instance, wood-burners come with chimneys, so they're taller. They also sport a larger hearth area because they must hold logs. Plus, they produce more heat than gas-burners. This type of fireplace is a great option for larger spaces. But, if your patio isn’t too spacious, gas fireplaces are just what you need. They feature exhaust vents, which take up less space than the standard chimney. The only downside is, they can be pricey and require professional maintenance.

Architectural style
Outdoor fireplaces come in lots of varieties such as stone, stucco, brick and even ceramic tile. Plus, they can be constructed in any manner of architectural style — from traditional to modern or with a regional twist, like Southwestern or Mediterranean. Whatever style and material you choose, make sure it goes well with your existing home and outdoor area.

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