What to Know About Building an Outdoor Fireplace

Posted August 10, 2023 in 3D Design, Blog, Design/Build, Fire Feature, Furniture, General, outdoor design, Outdoor Living Room, Videos

While the idea of having a cozy spot to gather and enjoy the crackling fire sounds appealing, it may not be the most practical investment if you only anticipate using it once or twice a year. Outdoor fireplaces are an investment to install and require regular cleaning, maintenance, fuel, and possibly even professional services.

So, ultimately, the decision comes down to your desired usage level, budget, and space availability for your outdoor living space. Consider these factors before making a decision to ensure that you are investing in a feature that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.

  • Determine if gas or wood is the best option for your new fireplace

Choosing between gas and wood for your new custom outdoor fireplace is a big decision. Wood-burning fireplaces are traditional and provide the most heat, but they require a lot of maintenance. So, consulting with a professional designer can help you make the best decision for your home and family.

We find many homeowners prefer gas fireplaces because they are easier to use and more convenient. With a gas fireplace, you can enjoy a cozy fire by simply flipping a switch.

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  • Select materials that match the architecture and style of your home 

When selecting materials for your new custom outdoor fireplace, it’s important to consider the architecture and style of your home. Since each house has its own unique architectural characteristics, it’s crucial to choose materials that complement these existing features, or you could get stuck with an eyesore.

By selecting natural materials as your starting point, such as veneer or faux stone, you can ensure a cohesive look when it comes to investing in your home. It’s essential to match the colors and textures of these materials with your home’s design.

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  • Select the right outdoor furniture for your space 

When it comes to designing your new outdoor living space, we understand that your comfort is of utmost importance. That’s why at MasterPLAN, we prioritize selecting the right furniture for your space from the very beginning. By taking a design-first approach, we allow you to visualize how your furniture will fit around your new fireplace and how the layout of your space will flow.

Your full-color, life-like 3D design video will provide a clear representation of how your space will be allocated and how many people it can comfortably accommodate. Your designer will help you ensure every aspect of your outdoor living area is thoughtfully considered for maximum enjoyment before you commit to any major investments.

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Are you looking to build a new outdoor kitchen in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania to enjoy a summer of meals outside, remodel and renovate your existing pool in Allentown, Pennsylvania so your grandkids can enjoy it all summer, or build a custom outdoor living space that will create lasting memories? If so, then look no further. Because we understand the importance of getting value for your investment and don’t want you to have the hassle of coordinating with multiple crews or dealing with complicated plans, permits, or approvals. That’s why we are proud to partner with homeowners in the Lehigh Valley to help them avoid wasting time, money, and space when it comes to transforming their backyard into a custom outdoor living space.

Our award-winning design/build process ensures that all engineering, project management, contractor scheduling, inspections, permit applications, and other essential details for your new custom outdoor living space in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania are taken care of for you by experienced, reliable, & trustworthy professionals. You’ll never have to worry about communicating with your HOA or township either. So relax and watch your dream outdoor living space come alive as we handle all of the heavy lifting so that you can focus on planning how you will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space.

Here’s how you can get started today:

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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If you’re considering a custom outdoor living space, we have the perfect resource for you. For a limited time, download an exclusive copy of  “Your Guide to Building a Custom Outdoor Living Space,” and rest easy knowing you’re making the right investment in your home. With this tool, you can stop worrying and start creating the custom outdoor living space of your dreams today!

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