Read This Before You Build an Outdoor Fireplace

Posted May 12, 2022 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, Fire Feature, General, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Technology, Videos

We all love the thought of sharing stories with loved ones around a new outdoor fireplace. But, if you only use a new outdoor fireplace once or twice a year, is it really the best investment for your new outdoor living space in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania?

Before you build a new outdoor fireplace in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Do you want your new outdoor fireplace to be wood or gas

Wood-burning outdoor fireplaces tend to burn the most heat while looking and feeling more traditional. However, wood-burning fireplaces require more time to maintain and enjoy. Oftentimes, homeowners in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania don’t want to commit to the time and energy it takes to get wood to burn, store the wood in a dry place, stoke the fire,  keep it lit then watch the fire die down, clear the embers…etc.

This is why it’s important to work with a designer who can help explain the pros and cons of wood-burning outdoor fireplaces VS gas-burning outdoor fireplaces before you commit to any decisions. This will help you understand what options work best for your lifestyle. After speaking with our design professionals most homeowners often opt for gas-burning outdoor fireplaces that require no wood or extra energy and are operated by a simple switch so they can get the best return on their investment.

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  • How will your new outdoor fireplace connect with your home?

New materials and technologies emerge every day and it is unlikely that your contractor will guide you in selecting the right features, materials, or finishes to optimize your budget & match the architecture of your home because most outdoor contractors receive kickbacks when selling certain materials. Researching this material yourself will take time because of current backorders and cause frustrations as material costs continue to fluctuate.

This is why it’s important to work with a designer who can provide options, show you alternatives, and make sure you are receiving the best return on your investment while naturally extending the look and feel of your home outdoors. When you partner with MasterPLAN, your designer will help you develop a custom 3D design that replicates the look and style of your home’s interior outdoors.

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  • How will your new outdoor fireplace become the focal point?

Adding a fireplace to your outdoor space is a great investment, and studies show that a new outdoor fireplace can significantly increase the value of your home in the Lehigh Valley. But you will want to make sure your investment serves as more than just a fireplace. You will also want your new outdoor fireplace to serve as the focal point.

To have your new outdoor fireplace serve as a focal point, consider illuminating it with lights to add extra details. Feature and landscape lighting can transform your new outdoor fireplace into a beautiful focal point and allow you to enjoy the views even when you are indoors!

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Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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