If you’ve ever lived on the east coast, chances are you spent most of your cold winter nights bundled up next to the fire, sending smoke up the old chimney because snow’s got you trapped inside. Here in the Bay Area, we don’t quite share the same chilly memories. Being spoiled by cool coastal temperatures has made us outdoorsy heat-seekers who just want to have fun, relax, and live the California dream. So, what better way to indulge in this lifestyle than to warm ourselves up with a fireplace–outside? The following are 6 fireplace design ideas to set your backyard ablaze all year long.
1. Forest Fireplace
Usually firefighters flee to the scene of a forest fire to put out its raging flames—stat—but not this one. This slate-encladded fireplace and complementing flagstone pool deck give a cozy feel to this tree-lined retreat.
2. Winter White Summer Delight
If you desire a classic and timeless space, always keep the color white in mind. It makes any room feel expansive, bright, and airy. This versatile color can also be used for a variety of designs whether you have traditional or modern taste—or even both! The fireplace above showcases traditional moldings and a contemporary limestone hearth that’s unified by light travertine floors, making this transitional space a cool oasis on hot summer days.
3. Countryside outside the Country
Take a ride to the rural side without leaving your home. This outdoor living room features a fireplace adorned with farmhouse accessories, vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams, and distressed brick floors, all of which bring warmth and charm to this rustic space.
4. A Hearth of Stone
The stone fireplace surrounded by wooden columns and ceiling gives a cabin-like feel to this outdoor kitchen and living area. Stacked multicolored slate tiles pick up the hues of the hearthstones, giving this entertainment space a contemporary, earthy vibe.
5. The Concrete Hot Seat
Modern design gives a new meaning and look to traditional fire pits. The one above takes on a minimalistic design, using concrete materials and clean lines that are repeated on the rectangular windows, furniture, and floors. However, though the bench-shaped fire pit creates an inviting conversational atmosphere, you might want to watch where you sit!
6. Deep Blue Flames
From afar, this small flame can be mistaken for a pool of fire. The deep blue stones encased by glass create an ultramodern look that is sure to make a statement at your backyard barbecue.
For centuries, fireplaces have had very limited purposes in a home: family photo holders, Santa Claus’s entryway, and a warm fire on a chilly December day. However, the fireplace has since evolved from its traditional roots to rapidly becoming an outdoor staple. Unlike interior fireplaces, exterior ones can be used year-round–from summer evening gatherings to autumn bonfires. The design possibilities are endless, allow us to help you build your own!
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