fireplaceBackyard fireplaces can come in dozens of shapes, sizes and designs. All of the options add warmth and ambiance to an outdoor space, transforming part of the yard into a cozy retreat ideal for entertaining and relaxing. Fireplaces are often the anchor of a patio’s design, and furniture is often centered on it. Keep in mind that the fireplace material you choose needs to resist exposure to the weather and withstand extremely high temperatures. It is also beneficial to select a fireplace facing that is easy to clean, so soot and ashes can simply be hosed off.

Here are some items to research before making a final decision:

Because of safety issues, outdoor fireplaces should be installed by a professional and built according to your local building regulations.