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Landscape Design Ideas – Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits, & Kitchens

By Wayne Designer Dave Gaffney

When designing a master plan for a residence, a wish list generally consists of the desire for the creation of a distinct outdoor living space featuring a patio or deck for entertainment, privacy, & protection from the elements. Among the hottest new trends in hardscaping today, is the inclusion of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, & customized kitchens that are matched to fit any home décor & personal style. Outdoor living specialist, Dave Gaffney examines how these hot new trends can be incorporated into a new or existing landscape environment.


Create a dramatic focal point & cozy nook with the addition of an outdoor fireplace into a patio setting. The ambiance of fire will transform an outdoor living space providing warmth on chilly evenings, or serve as a gathering place for entertaining family & friends. Fireplace manufacturer FireRock provides customizable options with fireplace selections in 30”, 36”, 42”sizes & have either a straight front or a Tuscan arched front. These modular fireplaces are precision engineered to draw correctly & can be veneered with natural stone, stucco, or tile from product manufacturers such as Pinnacle Stone or E.P. Henry. The component nature of these outdoor fireplaces make them an ideal choice to compliment an established outdoor living space with an installation process that is sensitive to existing features.

Fire pits

A fire pit is a wonderful mood setter creating an intimate setting perfect for reflection, story telling, & roasting marshmallows. Fire pits are available in a tremendous selection of shapes & sizes designed to integrate with the flow of your outdoor living space & compliment personal preferences. Wood burning fire pits let you enjoy the sound & aroma of wood, while attractive & convenient gas fire pits feature flames that dance within a setting of ceramic logs. E. P. Henry, Techo-Bloc, & Versa-Lok paver manufacturers make fire pit kits specifically designed to match their concrete paving products resulting in an appealing focal point within the landscape. As with outdoor fireplaces, a fire pit can be a value added feature that is easily incorporated into an existing landscape environment.

Outdoor Kitchens

Imagine dining at the hottest bistro in town where you do not need a reservation or fight traffic to get there because this hot bistro is in your backyard. The allure of cooking outdoors is not surprising given the fast pace of the digital world & is no longer just a trend but a lifestyle worth attaining. Outdoor kitchens can be designed in limitless fashion featuring freestanding stainless steel grills for the casual weekend cook, to a customized multifunctional cooking center complete with refrigerator, sink, & wet bar that is capable of serving an entire neighborhood. Grill manufacturers such as Lynx, Jenn-air, Viking, & Dacor offer selections in natural gas & liquid propane with features like electronic ignition, halogen lighting, infrared burners & warming drawers. Kitchen islands can be constructed with the complimentary wall systems from E.P. Henry & Techo-Bloc or finished with natural stone, cultured stone, or stucco that will ensure your outdoor kitchen will blend harmoniously with your surroundings. Display the personality of your outdoor kitchen with countertops of granite, marble, slate, or tile that will bring your inside out & turn your outside into the perfect luxury retreat.

Whether creating a new master plan for your home or interested in adding unique & functional features to an existing outdoor living space, consider implementing a outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or customized kitchen that will help make a vacation destination only a few steps away. For a design consultation contact us today!

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