A patio fireplace is a fabulous idea that improves the ambiance and value of the property
A patio fireplace can be done as a do-it-yourself project and without great difficulty or expense. The styles and materials will differ, of-course, depending on the design chosen. There are a lot of resources readily available to help the homeowner pick the right design that will be best for their particular patio or back yard.
The basic design principal of an outdoor fireplace is the same as an indoor fireplace; a base, the actual fireplace, and the chimney. The biggest contrast is the outdoor fireplace does not require a tall chimney and it is not necessary for it to be attached to any other standing structure. In order to avoid the expense of a professional stone-mason or contractor, the market for do-it-yourself outdoor patio fireplace kits have become a popular alternative.
National hardware retailers and building supply companies are where the best kits can be found and at the best prices. The typical patio fireplace kits range from $500 on the lower end to $2,500 in the upper mid range. Amenities such as, ambient lighting, built in pizza ovens, or top quality stone may be found in the more expensive models.
Whether the homeowner has a wood deck or a cement slab for a patio, the right do-it-yourself fireplace kit can be found. As well as being attached to the exterior of the house, center mounted island style fireplaces are also very popular. Generally, the materials used will be a facade that matches or blends in with the existing decor. This might include brick, stone, stucco, granite, ceramic, or metal.
The brave at heart approach to a do-it-yourself patio fireplace home renovation project – would be to build it from scratch. In this instance, other materials and special tools will be required. A basic knowledge of carpentry and masonry, are going to be needed. Pressure treated 2 by 4’s; OSB plywood, cinder block, a metal lath, and mortar mix are some of the other supplies that will be necessary to build it from ground zero. This is why the prefabricated, easy to build kits, are a better option for the typical homeowner.
Functionality of the patio fireplace can be categorized into three groups, wood burning, natural gas, and propane. This will be a significant factor in the overall price of the project. Regardless of which category, materials, design plan or style, an outdoor fireplace will offer many rich benefits to the homeowner. Many happy testimonials will mention how their patio fireplace has become the focal meeting place for their family because of the warm, inviting atmosphere it creates. It is the perfect place for entertaining and people are drawn to it like a magnet. It is a justifiable investment for these reasons alone, but it will also increase the appraisal value of the property. Therefore, it is a highly recommended do-it-yourself project that will provide a lifetime of pleasure and service.