No matter the season or the day of time, who doesn’t enjoy cozying up in front of a fire? (Okay, maybe not in the height of summer midday, but evenings are quite nice.) If you’ve invested time and money into creating an outdoor living space and you have yet to install a fireplace or pick up a fire pit, now is the time to do so.
Not only will this additional make your backyard feel cozier year-round, but it will also increase the value of your home. Fireplaces or built-in fire pits are great ways to increase property value for the future while giving you a new way to enjoy your home in the present—if you do it right, of course. No one wants a “fireplace” that’s just a hole in the ground.
To add comfort, style, and value to your home with a fireplace/pit, take a look at some of these beautiful options.
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If you’re not sold on the idea of building and installing a fireplace or pit, you can easily purchase a moveable one in a range of styles, shapes, colors, heat levels, and prices. From under $100 to $2,000, mobile fireplaces can be customized to your wants and needs. Wood burning, gas, and electric are all options you have to consider when purchasing a fireplace for your yard.
Be sure to do your research and follow all care guidelines for your fireplace. Some models, when not properly covered, will rust and erode quickly if left open in rain and snow. This will obviously damage your device and can also lead to rust stains on your patio.
If you have an outdoor hardscape that spans a decent distance of your yard, or a patio that could use a few more features, installing a fireplace is a profitable option. It may be more costly up front, but the benefits and ROI it can bring— if taken care of properly—are far worth it.
Building your own fireplace allows you to match or compliment your existing patio with materials and styles. You can go for a southwest feel with terracotta, tile, or stucco, stay classic with red or yellow brick, go au naturale with stone and rock, or go ultra modern with crisp, clean cement. Whatever your style, you can have a professional team create it for you and your family.
A pit is exactly what it sounds like—it’s a pit for fire. But as unimpressive as the name sounds, the actual setup of fire pits can be extraordinarily cool and unique. By building the pit in-ground and styling it with brick or stone (stone works best), it can look just as appealing as a fireplace and allows you to scale it to any size.
If you like rustic looks, you can create a fire pit scape that has tree stumps as seats and is nestled in the back of your yard for a far away feel. If you like more contemporary designs, use sleek natural stones and find furniture to match.
A good oven roasted pizza is a delicious treat. And if you’re someone who enjoys them quite often, building a pizza oven in your fireplace is a trendy, fun option to upgrade your fireplace. They look old world, they aren’t too much extra to add to your construction, and they offer you unlimited options for getting creative with your culinary skills.
One thing to consider is that they are a specific, niche addition and may not be as valuable to others as they are to you. This is something to consider when it’s time to sell your home.
As long as you aren’t aiming to create some monstrous, massive fireplace that will be an eyesore for neighbors and cause smoke that will alarm the community, fireplaces are a comfortable, beautiful, and functional addition to any home.