If you’re looking for a fantastic gathering spot and a strong architectural statement, an outdoor fireplace is a great idea. Outdoor fireplaces not only provide a great backdrop but they act as an anchor for your outdoor room that really make it feel like a living room. If the plan is to burn wood, there is the added benefit of the smoke being drawn high up overhead and away from you and your guests. There are a number of different styles of fireplaces to choose from as well as any number of add-ons that can be designed, such as, seat walls, wood storage and different hearth and mantel options. Double sided fireplaces add another dimension to an outdoor space by splitting the fireplace into two different areas of your outdoor living space.
The Landscape Architects at Poynter are experts at proper placement of outdoor fireplaces and can ensure the enjoyment for many years to come.
With all the choices in the aesthetics of fireplaces there is also the decision of whether to go with a realistic gas burning log or traditional wood burning. Both choices have their pros and cons with gas being less messy but also lacking the crackle and pop of wood burning, while wood burning does require some cleaning of ashes and wood debris. There is also a hybrid that allows the wood to be lit by a gas log starter which will make fire building a cinch. Never again will you struggle with kindling and to keep the logs going! Either way, the ambiance created by adding an outdoor fireplace will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor living experience.