Outdoor masonry fireplace designs, like their indoor counterparts, encom-
pass a wide and diverse range of styles and finishing materials to give the homeowner a veritable smorgasbord of design possibilities. Solid and sub-
stantial, they are built to last a very long time and offer real long-term value!
Striking Outdoor Fireplace Design
Above by Locati Architects
Striking Outdoor Fireplace Design
Utilizing a combination of concrete, brick and firebrick to construct the foundation and firebox, along
with a clay-lined chimney flue, a
masonry fireplace is extremely durable. As with
indoor designs, the outside of the fireplace and chimney can be finished with
material or combination of materials the homeowner desires,
such as the enchanting river rock
design pictured at right.
The two striking outdoor masonry fireplace designs pictured below, with tall fireboxes containing slanted
walls, are Rumford fireplaces . . . one of a handful of masonry firebox de-
signs that are built entirely on site. Each example is beautifully finished with cut stone.
In addition to Rumford and other
site-build designs, a relatively new technology has been developed
that makes it possible to construct
a masonry fireplace and chimney with precast factory-built modular units made of pumice -- or volcan-
ic rock. The firebox is lined with standard firebrick, as pictured in
the example at right.
The precast modular units offer the look of a traditional site-built mason-
ry fireplace, but with less weight and expense. As with the entirely site-built masonry fireplace, the outside of the fireplace and chimney can be finished with your choice of materials for a completely custom tailored look.
The images below provide a study in contrasts. The
fieldstone fireplace on the left, with its naturally irregular stone shapes and sizes, looks right at home
in a woodsy outdoor setting. On the other hand, the carefully laid cut stones with brick accents on the fireplace at right are ideal in a more formal setting of manicured lawns.
Another popular material choice for outdoor hearths is brick, as pictured below. The herringbone pattern
in the center of the chimney at left, as well as the neo-classic detailing and combined use of finishing
materials in the bottom example, add interest and individuality to these striking de-
Concrete is also becoming increasing-
ly popular as a finishing material for outdoor fireplaces, as shown in the example at right.
The three designs that follow impart the flavor of the American southwest, albeit with individual material
choices, including stone, concrete and stucco. The elaborate stepped design of the
Kiva fireplace (bottom) lends visual in-
terest and distinction to this tradition-
ally inspired hearth.
Going beyond the Spanish influence found in American southwestern de-
sign, if a Spanish Revival style or other Spanish inspired fireplace design is what you have in mind, the following examples may be a good fit. Though most are finished primarily with stucco, the addition of another material such as stone and the strategic placement of colorful tiles in some of the examples add visual delight and elements of personal style to these fine outdoor masonry fireplace designs.
Regardless of the style or material type(s) you choose, your outdoor masonry fireplace will add real long-term value to your home. More importantly, it will provide an ideal setting for a lifetime of cherished memories with family and friends!
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