Hot Looks for Your Outdoor Hearth

Outdoor fireplaces create ambience―and toast marshmallows, too.

outdoor gray stone fireplace built against a purple shingled house

Photo by Roger Davies

Shared Chimney

Outdoor fireplaces can be incorporated during the building process to minimize the cost of labor and supplies. This option often allows for a shared chimney between indoor and outdoor fixtures.

Outdoor Dining Area With Stone Fireplace

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Outdoor Dining Area With Stone Fireplace

Layers of natural textures—the driftwood mantel, local Oregon stones, and oyster shell-encrusted mirror—pay homage to the moody Pacific Northwest coastline. Create a similar look using your own local materials.

Rooftop Outdoor Fireplace With an Umbrella-Covered Patio Table and Chairs

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Umbrella-Covered Patio

In many coastal areas, mornings and evenings can be brisk even in summer. A fireplace allows you to enjoy your outdoor space year-round. Locate the fireplace in a protected area―high winds will cut down on radiant heat and could keep the chimney from drawing well.

Minimalist Stacked-Stone Outdoor Hearth

Photo by Karyn Millet

Minimalist Stacked-Stone Outdoor Hearth

Make a comfy area for hanging out with family by incorporating plenty of seating in front of the fire. The low-slung seating and minimalist stacked-stone hearth and chimney prove that cozy can still look clean and simple.

Outdoor Stone Fireplace Overlooks a View of the Ocean

Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Custom Masonry

Remember to site permanent fireplace structures to complement the scenery, not overpower it.

Pay a little extra for masonry or stone fireplaces, which offer a custom look and may include a barbecue grill or wood storage. Though kits and prefabricated materials are available, the complex installation should be handled by a professional.

Circular Stone Fireplace

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Circular Stone Fireplace

This circular stone fireplace encourages conversation and accommodates larger groups of friends and family. Building near the beach? Try to ensure that you position the hearth in such a way as to enjoy the warmth of the fire while soaking up sea views.

Outdoor Fireplace Decorated With Nautical Accents Such as Anchors and Stripes

Photo by Roger Davies

Nautical Accents

In this outdoor living room transparent islinglass rolls down to weatherproof the room. This creative application of typical boat attire shields the room and hearth from wind and rain. Similarly, consider designing built-in firewood storage to keep wood dry, covered, and off the ground.

Outdoor Living Room With Painted Fireplace

Photo by Tria Giovan

Painted Fireplace

An outdoor living room with fireplace extends your living area to ensure use year-round if you live in a temperate climate. Paint the brick to match the décor to create a polished look.

A Fire Pit Warms Guest on an Outdoor Patio

Photo by Roger Foley

Open-Air Fire Pit

Consider an open-pit gas unit or raised fire ring. They’re easy to install and create circular conversation areas. Inexpensive portable fire pits accommodate different furniture arrangements but are less durable than masonry.

White Modern Fireplace

Photo by Lisa Romerein

White and Modern

You can design the ultimate spot for lounging and entertaining even without sea views. On this back patio, plush cushions, nickel lanterns, and a cozy fireplace embody comfort, light, and warmth. Try creating your outdoor space to mirror your home’s interior translating those same aesthetics. It’ll ensure you’ll enjoy the outdoors just as much as you enjoy staying in.

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