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Designing an Outdoor Fireplace: Things to Consider

Designing an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

Your backyard can become one of the most relaxing and comforting spots for every season of the year. One customizable feature for your humble abode is an outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Outdoor fireplaces and firepits offer warmth, coziness, and ambiance and add value to a home. With the help of our team at Gurley’s, sitting around the fire will soon become one of your favorite places to be. Before designing your very own fireplace or fire pit, there are a few things you should consider.

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5 Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit

Many factors play into the design of a custom fireplace or outdoor fire pit. Whether you are looking for an extravagant landscaping feature or an elegant or rustic outdoor space to gather with friends and family, our team can provide you with the fireplace or fire pit of your dreams.


1. Find your outdoor fireplace inspiration.

The first step in designing a custom outdoor fireplace or fire pit is to decide what style you’d like to achieve. Is your outdoor space elegant, rustic, cozy? Our team loves designing custom fire features because every homeowner has a unique vision for their outdoor fireplace. With a wide variety of fire feature styles on the market, you have the ability to choose the style that fits best with the design of your home. Whether you are looking to incorporate modern or rustic designs within your outdoor space, the options are endless. A few popular fire feature styles are:

  • Fire bowls

  • Fire tables

  • In-ground fire pits

  • Chiminea fireplaces

  • Stone fireplaces


2. Consider the best location for your fire pit.

An incredibly important part of building an outdoor fire feature is choosing the right location. Fireplaces and fire pits cannot be placed anywhere. Instead, they must be carefully placed in a location that will best prevent issues from arising. 

By placing your fire pit in a location with plenty of walking space, your guests will not have to worry about getting too close to the fire during gatherings. In most neighborhoods and communities, placing your outdoor fireplace 10 feet from your home is a good place to start, helping to prevent surrounding flammable objects from catching fire. 


3. Create a budget for your fireplace project.

Creating a budget for your fire feature can be incredibly beneficial, because you can use your money wisely based upon boundaries you have set for yourself. No matter how big or small the project is, a budget is an important step in the process. Consider the cost of materials, labor, and design when creating your budget.

How much does an outdoor fireplace cost?

Wondering how much a custom outdoor fireplace will cost? Our team can provide a custom quote to help you create a budget and build the outdoor space of your dreams.



4. Review local ordinances and laws for fire pits.

One consideration many homeowners tend to forget or gloss over is reviewing local ordinances and laws for fire features. For many neighborhoods, building a permanent outdoor fireplace or fire pit must be reviewed and accepted by homeowners associations. On the other hand, your community may also have rules and regulations to follow for building such projects. 

How do I request a permit to build an outdoor fireplace?

This is one advantage to working with an expert. Our landscaping team can help guide you through the process of requesting a permit for building new structures, and we’ll work with you to ensure your new outdoor fireplace or fire pit meets neighborhood and city ordinances.



5. Coordinate your fireplace with landscaping.

When considering the design of your new outdoor fireplace, it’s important to coordinate with the landscape of your property. Outdoor fireplaces can bring even more value to your home. However, if it doesn’t go well with the rest of your landscaping, your backyard could be lacking in cohesiveness, taking away from its potential beauty. With professional landscaping and fireplace design, your ultimate vision will come together. 



Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Pit Trends

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are not new to home design. However, there are a variety of trends that not only make your outdoor fire feature more beautiful, but also more efficient and effective in the long run. 

Multi-Level Fire Pits

A popular trend for outdoor fire pits is incorporating different levels, making your fire pit a cozy and unique destination. By adding in different dimensions, your fire pit will stand out from the rest of your backyard and patio. A few ways to incorporate a multi-level design are:

  • Steps leading up to the fire pit

  • Two tiered fire pit

  • Built-in seating around the fire pit

Gas-Fueled Fireplaces

Convenience and comfort go hand-in-hand. When you’re dreaming about cozying up next to your outdoor fireplace at night, you may not think about the hassle of gathering firewood beforehand. By investing in a gas-fueled fireplace, you can eliminate these tedious chores. Gas-fueled fireplaces also allow you to purchase controls that will allow you to start the fire from anywhere in your home.  

In-Ground Fire Pits

If you are looking for a campfire vibe in your backyard, in-ground fire pits could be a design to consider. Not only will your guests be amazed by the beauty of flames rising from your patio, but your low flames will also be easier to control, making the fire pit even more safe for friends and family. 

Double-Sided Fireplaces

Do you love to host large groups of friends and family at your home? With a double-sided fireplace, all of your favorite people will have room to mingle and gather around your beautiful backyard fire feature. Sitting or standing, a double-sided fireplace makes room for everyone. 

Multi-Material Fire Pits

Can’t decide between two or three of your favorite fireplace materials? Luckily, multi-material fire pits are a hot trend on the market right now. Whether you are looking to match the exterior of your home, the finish of your patio, or to mix and match both, the team at Gurley’s can do it all. A few popular materials for fire pits are:

  • Brick

  • Stone

  • Ceramic tile


Outdoor Fireplace Design in Memphis

Patio season is right around the corner, and the team at Gurley’s wants to help get your backyard prepared for all of the late-night gatherings with family and friends. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are one unique way to add value to your home. 

With the help of a professional landscaping contractor, your outdoor fireplace dreams can become a reality. If you are interested in having our team build an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, contact us today to request a quote. 


Posted by Andrew Butas at 12:29