Maybe this is the year that you’ve decided to extend your living space create a beautiful outdoor fireplace hearth. If you’re ready to install a warm and welcoming focal point in your backyard, you’ll want to read these helpful tips that we have put together on planning an awesome outdoor hearth.

Before you get started you should check with city officials for any building codes or permits that you’ll need. Then there are a variety of ordinances and licenses that must be observed. You might even have to get regular inspections. Your homeowner’s insurance might have to be updated as well.  In the long run it’s better that you perform your due diligence and look into all of the rules before breaking ground.

The first major decision that you’ll have to make is deciding where you want the fireplace to be located, attached to the home or away from the home. You’ll have to consider the traffic flows in your backyard and whether you want a wood burning, propane or natural gas fireplace. If you plan to fuel it with wood or propane, the fireplace doesn’t have to be fixed and it can be a portable structure.

The big difference between the two is that if you choose the natural gas fireplace, you’ll have to consider where the gas line will be buried in order for a professional to be able to access it. Natural gas is usually fed from the home, which won’t necessarily mean your fireplace needs to be located right next to your house, but the location of your gas line might limit your options. Then you’ll have to consider all of the other features that you want to add like paved stones, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. And don’t forget about Mother Nature for elements such as sun, wind etc….. It can make a big difference to the overall enjoyment of your hearth.

The second important decision will be determining the purpose of your outdoor fireplace; will it be used for heating purposes or to go with the overall look? If you want the fireplace to provide as much heat as possible, an open concept works better.  Also, you will need to consider the size of the grate if you use it for outdoor cooking or if you plan on adding a fire pit.

Finally, after you’ve decided on the type of fireplace (natural gas, propane or wood-fired) you’ll have to decide on the materials that you will use to build your fireplace.  A built-in style fireplace or attaching the fireplace to an outside wall of the home or another wall in the outdoor space takes up less space. The other option is a freestanding fireplace. Price is always a major consideration but weight, the ability to customize and longevity.  The compatibility of the material with the architectural design and features of your home and the backyard features will all play into your decision.

If this is the first time that you’ve taken on a big project like building an outdoor hearth, we understand that it can be intimidating. But if you surround yourself with the right professionals, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Professional Chimney Services has more than 15 years of experience cleaning chimneys as well as building hearths. We can work with any material that you choose masonry brick, marble, stone clay or even stucco. We’ll build the outdoor fireplace that you’ve always wanted on budget and on time.  Call us at 281.491.0433 for a free quote.