There is a rise in popularity for outdoor fireplaces in the last few years. It is a breathtaking addition to your home, and it will give your backyard a different look. It does not only increase your backyards aesthetic appeal but it is also functional. However, before you jump the gun and call your contractor to have this installed, here are some things that you need to do.
- Purpose. The first thing that you need to do is determine the purpose of having one installed. For what purpose would you want your outdoor fireplace to serve? Do you want it to set the ambiance of your backyard? Or do you want to have it built so it becomes a pizza oven or a barbecue place? Ambiance or functionality? Answer these questions because it will guide you along the way. You also have to decide if you want your fireplace to complement your already stunning backyard or to make it your backyard’s the focal point.
- The Design. The next thing you need to do is consider the design of your hearth. A lot of homeowners want their outdoor fireplaces to match the architecture of their homes. If you want this, you should consider using the same type of stonework for your fireplace. Bricks do offer a traditional feel and look to outdoor fireplaces. While stacked stones are more contemporary than the latter.
- The Size. When designing a fireplace, it is important that you have proportions in mind. You don’t want your fireplace to overshadow the entirety of your house. It is also fatal if you design your fireplace to be too small in comparison to your home. Thus, keep proportions in mind when designing.
- Wood or Gas. Most outdoor fireplaces are either fueled by wood or gas. Decide which one you want. Each type does offer their own advantages. Fireplaces fueled by wood offers a more natural look. It also offers the wood-burning smell that other fuels cannot match. However, wood-burning fireplaces will produce smoke. This means that you will have to build a chimney along with your fireplace to direct the smoke up and not all over the backyard. On the other hand, fireplaces fueled by gas offers no ashes or embers after using it. It also does not require a chimney and will not usually require a building permit. But, they don’t burn as hot as fireplaces fueled by wood. It may also take some safety precautions when connecting the hearth to the main gas line.
- Building Permit. If you have decided to go ahead with a wood-burning fireplace, then you must obtain the necessary papers to have one constructed in your backyard. You don’t want to be interrupted in the middle of construction because you don’t have a permit. You also don’t want to be penalized because of this. However, you should also check if you have to obtain a permit to have a fireplace installed even if it is fueled by gas. It is always better to be ready than to end up being sorry in the end. Once your fireplace is done, you have to inform whatever office you need to inform to have it checked before you can start using it.
Once you have all these things done, you can start creating the physical design of your fireplace and then contact your contractor. But if you have the skills needed to have this done on your own, then you can start as soon as everything is in place.