The incredible variety of improvements that homeowners have been able to implement in recent years is simply astounding. Inside and outside of the home there are limitless additions and wrinkles that can really make a home sparkle. A particular exterior improvement that can have significantly dramatic effects and which evoke a mood often associated with a more relaxing time is backyard fireplaces and their design.
The range of possibilities for fireplaces that can have a transformative impact on your backyard is endless. If you are contemplating an improvement of this nature, you should be encouraged by the fact that there is virtually a style or design for every budget.
Before launching a backyard fireplace project however, you should try to consider from among designs of fireplaces that will coordinate well with the layout of your yard and the color and architectural style of your home. If your garden or patio area already has a certain theme, for example, you’ll want to create a seamless transition from these features to your fireplace area.
A good place to start to gather ideas is in some of the backyard patio and landscaping magazines and do-it-yourself books. Go to any hardware store, home improvement center or bookstore and thumb through these magazines and manuals to kick off your research. You may find that a particular material or design choice works particularly well with the look and feel of your home.
A key decision will be where to position the fireplace relative to the house. If you place it too close, you may get some of the odor in the house. Place it too far away and it may be out of sight, out of mind. Much like a hot tub, you want to be able to get in and out of the house easily and you will find that you use the fireplace more.
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