An outdoor fireplace will make your home appeal to more buyers if you intend to sell your home at some point, and all of us eventually will sell our homes. In upscale homes in some areas, an outdoor fireplace is becoming almost standard.
An outdoor fireplace is very popular or somewhat popular with 94 percent of homeowners, according to a recent survey conducted by the Association of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The survey conducted in February 2011 canvassed 245 landscape architecture professionals.
Not only is an outdoor fireplace likely to make your home stand out to prospective buyers, it can provide a number of social and physical benefits to the homeowner. It can visually expand a home’s living space, create a focal point in the garden and provide a reason to do more entertaining and spend time with family out of doors. Lighting a fire also extends use of an outdoor space into the cooler months.
There are three main methods of construction — using a kit of manufactured blocks designed to fit together; using a kit of blocks and then veneering that substructure with natural stone; or building a structure from scratch using concrete cinderblocks to create an inner core and then facing the structure with natural stone.
Careful planning is required to site the fireplace correctly. Views must be considered, as well as issues of privacy, drainage, overhanging trees and allowing enough space for congregating guests and outdoor furniture. Hiring a professional landscaping company to design and install your fireplace will result in a quality product that is built correctly and in the right location.
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ASLA survey: http://www.asla.org/outdoorlivingtrends.aspx