Still looking to spice up your outdoor life? Whether your backyard dreams involve bundling up for a chat with a couple of close pals, nestled on a cushioned outdoor love seat, or invite the whole gang over for s’mores and ghost stories, the solution is the same: Just add fire!
Fireplaces create an intimate warm feeling and can invite fun conversations and a romantic setting among family and friends.
One advantage to built-in fireplaces is that they’re protected from the elements – namely wind, which can kick up embers and shift the direction of the smoke – and direct smoke upward and away from your guests’ faces. That protection will also make it much easier to light.
As far as materials go, Unique Companies build out your fireplace in a material that matches or coordinates with the other materials in your outdoor space: brick, stone, marble, tile, you name it. Aesthetically, the sky’s the limit. Some are wood fueled, and others are hooked into your home’s natural gas line just like any indoor fireplace would be.
Built-in fireplaces definitely offer an extra boost of aesthetic appeal that a free-standing fire pit won’t. Installing one will also add value to your outdoor living space if you keep it in top shape; that kind of high-end extension to your indoors makes the patio livable for more months out of the year. [Read more…]