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NJ-Outdoor Fireplace Designs: Natural, Modern, Traditional Ideas

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

NJ-Outdoor Fireplace Designs: Natural, Modern, Traditional Ideas

Natural, modern and traditional outdoor fireplace design ideas. Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools and Landscaping making the most out of your outdoor living space.

A fireplace has great appeal in any room of the house. The age-old feature provides a warm place to gather, relax, and entertain. You often see them in living rooms for this very purpose, but where and how do outdoor fireplaces fit into the landscape design?

Fireplaces can be excellent additions to the outdoor living space of a home. They can be included on the outside of the house, the outside of a cabana, or they can stand alone as independent structures. The fireplaces provide outdoor warmth at night; they also offer some natural light and a nice place to entertain. While each type of outdoor fireplace accomplishes similar goals in the landscape, they do so with their very own unique styles. Let’s outline the basic fireplace design styles for back yards and suggest some facets and features that characterize them.

Let’s start with the natural outdoor fireplace. Landscaping ideas for natural fireplaces utilize natural surroundings and the elements. With fire being one of the most natural phenomena in the world, a natural fireplace seems quite fitting. How is such a design accomplished? The placement of the fireplace should appear as natural as possible. It can appear as a cavern built directly into the side of a hill, waterfall, or boulder wall, for example. With natural boulders, rocks, and plantings, the natural fireplace may look like a prehistoric cave dwelling.

Modern outdoor fireplaces represent the other end of the fire feature spectrum. These structures and fires are very clean and geometric, like most modern landscape architecture. Usually the modern style has a bit of a linear, minimalist feel to the fire. Rather than a big, roaring flame the fire can be contained to a clean line of fire. The fireplace structure itself should mimic, or at least match, the linear, clean look of the flame. This is just one of many opportunities to create a modern fireplace. The fireplace might also feature various shapes and forms; materials may range from clean natural stone to more industrial-looking materials like steel and wood. For modern style, the contrast, uniqueness, and artistic intrigue make all the difference.

Traditional outdoor fireplaces, or formal outdoor fireplaces, have a great amount of freedom in the design process. The traditional style typically appears antique, formal, or classical. Utilizing a variety of materials to create contrast works wonderfully. We like to incorporate aged wood timbers, natural stone combinations, metal accents, lighting fixtures, and sculptures, which can help achieve these timeless looks. Smooth, decorative tiles and mosaics could add some character to the fireplace as well. Another way we create depth and character in a structure is by using borders and inlays, this is done to create different plains and linear breaks which produce shadows and greater contrast.

Creative outdoor fireplaces play on these basic design styles in innovative ways. Choose appropriate materials that will fit the setting. Borrow them from existing or surrounding structures for the most seamless design implementation. Modern outdoor fireplaces will probably not look good next to a waterfall, so regardless of your taste or preference, make sure every part of the outdoor living space works together. In terms of location, try to find a suitable balance between a high-priority gathering area for evening entertainment and the quiet, romantic fireplace set in a private corner of the yard. Either way, have fun and enjoy the amazing backyard feature once completed.