With crisp and cool air finally settling in over the Lowcountry, it’s time to get the outdoor fireplace crackling again!
There’s nothing quite as cozy as bundling up around the fire, sipping a warm drink and watching the sun go down. The outdoor fireplace serves as the home base for all gatherings taking place under the stars. If you’ve been thinking about building your own, you’re probably surprised to see the wide variety of outdoor fireplace designs you can create.
Thanks to modern ingenuity, outdoor fireplaces are more customizable than ever, ensuring that there’s a perfect option no matter your style. Here are our favorite outdoor fireplace designs to help you make the most of the Lowcountry chill!
Stone Outdoor Fireplaces
Classic design meets modern necessity with this beautiful porch-front hearth. You can keep costs low by choosing a manufactured stone, as pictured here because it looks nearly identical to the real thing.
The touch of brick, moulding and reclaimed wood mantle creates a gorgeous vignette. The addition of a modern flatscreen ensures you never miss the big game as you stay warm in your new outdoor space.
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Consider the many ways you could customize this kind of floor-to-ceiling style to fit your design desires. Perhaps you use brick throughout or tile. Suppose you wrap the fireplace in one finish, and the area above the mantle in another. The options are endless! We recommend choosing colors and textures that compliment the exterior design of your home.
Outdoor Fire Pit Design
We love the way this fire pit creates an instant, multi-seasonal oasis in the comfort of your own backyard. When most designs have you building UP, this is a true fire pit allowing you to add an entirely separate living area away from your porch or patio. The sunken depth adds a wow factor that won’t soon wear off.
Customize the finishes to your own tastes, using pebbles, sand, or flagstone. Add some decorative plants, comfy throw pillows, and some close friends for an ideal entertaining space. This unique and low-maintenance option is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Depending on your DIY prowess, this could be something you build in a weekend or two!
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Modern Outdoor Fireplace Designs
If clean lines and lush living is what puts a sparkle in your design eye, you’ll love this modern interpretation of a fireplace-chiminea hybrid. With modern white facing and comfy benches for bonus seating space, this is the perfect place to serve sweet tea or hot cocoa. Customize the benches to double as storage and match the finishes to your current outdoor decor to maximize your space.
A tip for anyone considering teak outdoor furniture: while as gorgeous as the day is long, teak does not stand up well in our environment and needs regular maintenance to maintain its beautiful hue. Without multi-year cleanings, it will weather to a natural gray and possibly begin to crack.
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Classic Lowcountry Outdoor Fireplace Designs
This stunning outdoor fireplace design uses a timeless whitewashed brick and live edge lumber as a mantle. It’s wide, arched hearth practically begs you to cozy up with a spiced cider and listen to the crackling of the fire on a chilly night.
Adorn the space with throws and pillows and use the hearth as a bench. Surround it with any style of outdoor furniture to transform it into a space the whole family can enjoy.
Although gorgeous as a standalone chimney, you can also add this kind of design to the exterior of any existing structure (like the first design featured in this article).
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As the days grow shorter, we tend to spend more and more time inside in front of our screens. But why should we neglect our outdoor space that serves us so well during the warmer months? Surround yourself with friends and family and take in the beauty of the Lowcountry no matter the weather with your outdoor fireplace.
With these outdoor fireplace designs, you can enjoy your backyard any time of year with comfort and style:
Design a floor-to-ceiling outdoor fireplace on your existing porch/patio that affixes to your home.
Consider an actual fire pit to maximize an area of your back yard that may currently go unused.
Create a modern and upscale escape with an all-white fireplace-chiminea hybrid.
Keep it classic with a free-standing whitewash brick outdoor fireplace.
We want to hear from you! Do you plan on adding, (or have you already built) an outdoor fireplace? What is your favorite design style? Let us know in the comments!