Outdoor fireplaces and firepits are part of a continually growing home design trend in Main Line suburbs and satellite towns. The trend is even more prevalent in these autumn months as cooling weather encourages us to spend more time in outdoor settings, where we can relax, entertain, and enjoy time spent with family and friends. An outdoor living space, complete with a cozy fire, is the ideal place to do so.
Fireplaces and Firepits Options
Fireplaces and firepits provide the chance to cook over an open flame, such as roasted marshmallows and hotdogs, and even keep warm while telling stories around the campfire. Here is what you need to know about outdoor fire pits and fireplaces.
Wood-Burning vs. Natural Gas Fire Features
One of the choices you will have to make when deciding on fireplaces and firepits is whether you want a wood-burning or natural gas features. Each one has its advantages.
- Wood-burning fireplaces and pits can be quickly installed while enhancing your property’s aesthetics. Wood-burning is an excellent option if you want your outdoor space to have a rustic, natural atmosphere and ambiance or if you are a home chef and want to infuse your meals with the smoky flavors of the wood.
- Natural gas or propane fireplaces and fire pits are convenient and low-maintenance. Lighting natural gas or propane fire pits are quick, easy, and can run continuously with little work on your end.
Think about what you want from your new fireplace and firepit, and between wood and gas, choose the one that best suits your needs.
Examples of Fireplaces and Firepits
Which outdoor fireplace or fire pit type suits you and your property? At Burkholder, our team has experience creating various outdoor options. Consider some of these popular Main Line project ideas.
Wood-Burning Natural Stone Fireplace
Love the look of a traditional fireplace? A wood-burning stone fireplace outfitted in a veranda or similar outdoor structure makes for a beautiful outdoor living space. This style enables the smoke to be vented out while the roof helps trap the heat and provides a cover. Such a covered outdoor fireplace area helps create an exceptionally cozy location during light rain and snowfall.
Landscape Gas or Wood-Burning Block Fire Pit
This type of stone fire pit is generally built as a central focal point of a natural stone or brick deck. Good ideas for this type of fire pit include poolside placement, a peaceful garden overlook, and installation with a low stone wall surround for friends and family to sit on. You can choose to have either a gas or wood-burning fire pit.
Freestanding Stucco Fireplace with Tile Accents
Stucco can be used in combination with natural stone or tiles to create a freestanding outdoor fireplace that will be the talk of your Main Line neighborhood.
Outdoor Stone Pizza Oven
Many homeowners choose a specialty outdoor stone fireplace and pizza oven so they can enjoy cozy flames and crispy home baked pizza crusts.
Contact Burkholder for Ideas for Outdoor Spaces with Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Are you ready to stoke the flames on outdoor fireplaces and firepits? Contact our experienced design team today at Burkholder and let us help you create that perfect cool weather recreational space.