Outdoor stone fireplace design has come a long way in recent years. The immense popularity of outdoor rooms has resulted in some very creative fireplace design ideas, giving homeowners numerous opportunities to personalize their outdoor fire spaces.
Stone is a wonderful medium for cre-
ative expression. It comes in a wide range of sizes, shapes, colors and textures and can be used to create some very distinctive outdoor fire-
place designs. By varying the size
and shape of the stones, as well as mixing textures and colors, you can build a uniquely personal outdoor
stone fireplace design that is the
envy of your neighbors.
Fortunately, it doesn't take that
much to transform a "so so" com-
position into a stunning, attention-grabbing work of art. For example,
the stonework on the fireplace at
right consists of stones that are
fairly similar in size, shape, color & texture . . . . . . as does the stone-
work on the fireplace directly below. However, in both examples, the stra-
tegic placement of a small number of bricks in a sharply contrasting color makes a striking difference!
Note the variations in stone color in each of the two fireplaces below, as well as the way the stone frames the firebox opening below left. Contrasts such as these lend both visual and architectural interest to the designs.
The following example (below left) uses stones of varying textures and colors for visual impact. Below right, a series of moulded recesses in the smoothly finished stone mantel and surround lends an air of elegance and sophistication to this fireplace design.
The following two examples show how a little customization can infuse your design
with a lot of personalization when creating your outdoor stone fire-
place. Note the built-in niches on the fireplace below (left) and the design above the firebox opening on the fireplace to the right.
The photos below demonstrate how special lighting can add visual impact and drama to an outdoor stone fireplace design.
Another important consideration is where to position an outdoor fireplace on your property, as well as how to delineate the space for your outdoor "room." The two examples below make very efficient use of outdoor space. Built into the side of a hill, they are ideal for backyards with a limited area and effectively utilize space that would otherwise not be used.
More Tips on Positioning an Outdoor Fireplace
One way to effectively delineate the space for an outdoor room is to ex-
tend a low stone wall outward from both sides of the fireplace, as in the two examples below.
Another method is to erect a pergola over the area designated for your room, as shown below. Not only is it an attractive way to "frame" an outdoor living room, but it provides a sense of privacy, as well as partial shade from the hot summer sun.
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