Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Design Tips For Outdoor Fireplaces

Lee Hunt

Do you dream of having a backyard you can escape to even in the offseason when the weather is cooler? If so, then an outdoor fireplace may be just the thing you need. A custom built patio unit adds a focal point to your outdoor living spaces, while also providing warmth and light. The following tips can help you design the fireplace:

Tip #1: Plan for the area

How do you normally use the patio? Do you have a hot tub that you enjoy year-round, or is the patio mainly for dining and entertaining? Is there a view that you don't want to compromise? These are important considerations since they will affect the placement of the fireplace. Placement of the fireplace should be near outdoor living areas, such as bordering the seating area or next to a hot tub to provide additional heat, but it shouldn't block the view. For a multi-use patio, consider a central unit that has an open firebox that can be viewed from each side.

Tip #2: Consider the function

Next, determine what function you want the fireplace to serve. For some people, all they want is the attractive form of a fireplace with a fire inside for warmth. Others only desire the visual impact of the fireplace, or they may want both warmth and an opportunity to cook in the fireplace. If you are a form over function type, then you may want to invest in a gas fireplace – these give the look of fire at the flick of a switch, but not the heat. Of cooking is a goal, a wood burning fireplace with built-in prep surface and a drop down grill in the firebox may be the best option.

Tip #3: Maximize the design

A fireplace and chimney standing alone on a patio look out of place, which is why most outdoor fireplaces are larger. On cool nights you will likely find yourself scooting closer to the fire, so why not design for that and have built in seating on either side of the firebox. The additional size helps anchor the looks of the fireplace. Adding mantels is another way to help maximize the design so it integrates better into your yard. Your material choice also matters. A brick fireplace looks good if you have a brick home, but you may prefer a stone that matches your garden walls and fences, instead.

For more help, contact a custom fireplace contractor.


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