Keep It Portable
Soften the Stone
While outdoor fireplaces can be big, beautiful, and elaborate (we'll show you a few of those in the upcoming slides), they can also be quaint and easy to move, such as this copper fire bowl.
Because fireplaces are often made from stone, they can seem cold and harsh in the landscape. Soften yours with container gardens or vines that climb on the structure. (Be sure to keep them away from the opening and any vents, though.)
Take Advantage of a Chimney
Use a large fireplace to make your patio more private and cozy. The one shown here acts as another wall, helping shield the patio from the busy world beyond.
Add to a Retaining Wall
Adding a fireplace to the outside of your home -- especially if you already have a chimney -- can be a great way to add interest to your home's architecture and give you another place to enjoy the outdoors.
Keep It Simple
Don't let a plain old retaining wall make your yard feel ho-hum. This fireplace beautifully dresses up a hillside. Bonus: Because it's on a slope, the fireplace doesn't block a view or take up valuable space.
Turn On the Light
You don't need to go overboard with an outdoor fireplace -- especially if you have a great view or other focal point. A low but stylish fire pit still creates plenty of ambience on a deck or patio.
Make a Poolside Destination
Let's face it: The main reason for a fireplace is its ambience. Enhance the warm glow by adding even more light. Here, a collection of candles on the mantel, and tucked away in the wall, casts an enchanting scene.
Dress Up a Deck
Re-create an amenity of a high-class resort by putting a small fireplace by your pool. It's a perfect way to warm up after an early-morning or nighttime swim!
Don't Be Square
This deck and pergola combination creates a comfortable outdoor destination all its own, but a grand fireplace is a finishing touch. It's a perfect way to make a deck cozier.
Create an intriguing destination by using curves instead of straight lines. This fireplace is a beautiful addition to the landscape and, thanks to its organic shape, blends in well with the surroundings.
Pump Up the Color
Though it's a simple design of rusted sheets of metal accented with a galvanized "mantel," this outdoor fireplace adds a bold, contemporary focal point to an otherwise run-of-the-mill ranch home.
Tile in Style
If you have an outdoor fireplace, you want it to be special. Unfortunately, some aren't built that way. Here, a simple nook in a gray stone wall is accented by a set of brightly colored chairs and a couple of side tables.
Accent Your Kitchen
Embellish an outdoor fireplace with a ceramic tile. The wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors allows you to personalize your fireplace so it reflects your personality and matches the overall feel of your landscape.
Whether it's for roasting marshmallows, creating a lovely glow, or providing heat, a fireplace is a perfect accent for an outdoor kitchen. It's also a great gathering point for after the meal.
Create a focal point with a large stone fireplace. This one features rough fieldstone, which gives it a rustic look that fits well with the wooded setting. Ledges mark the edge of this outdoor room and offer guests a place to sit and enjoy the fire.
Raising the hearth brings the fire within better view and allows for easier fire-tending. Built-in ledges have space for plants and double as extra seating.