It used to be that everyone coveted an indoor fireplace. Now that built-in wood-burning fireplaces aren’t the only option—there are many electric, propane, ethanol, wall-mounted, and free-standing fireplaces to be had— it seems that an outdoor fireplace is the thing.
Of course, weather in New England makes the whole outdoor room concept hard, unlike on the West Coast (make sure to check out my friend Chantal’s insane outdoor space in La Jolla). Fire pits are good options here (I will do a post on those as we get deeper into warmer weather). But plenty of people, especially those in warmer climes, are building full-on fireplaces to face their outdoor spaces.
There are fireplaces that are part of the house architecture, but are on the exterior façade, and others that build full-on fireplaces separate from the house, on disconnected patios or by the pool. Here is sampling of 20 modern outdoor fireplaces.
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