Heat up your patio: an outdoor fire is an invitation to linger outside long after dusk. Choose one of these three looks, from colorful and contemporary to subtle and sustainable.
DESIGN Alejandro Ortiz Architects, Los Angeles (310/313-4611)
The 6-foot-long firebox, with its cantilevered chimney top, shields the master bedroom from the kitchen patio and creates an intimate space just off the kitchen.
A 5-foot-long built-in bench abuts a corner of the fireplace base, with throw pillows to soften the dramatic lines.
Grill two ways
The gas-fired barbecue next to the bench is the perfect solution for busy weeknights. For more leisurely cooking outdoors, the firebox's low-slung grate rests atop hot embers and has a V-shaped profile to catch grease.
A DESERT ARROYO was the inspiration for this gas-fed firepit, which Scottsdale homeowner and architect Perry Becker converted from a concrete planter.
FIREPIT DESIGN Perry Becker, Perlman Architects, Scottsdale, AZ (480/951-5900)
LANDSCAPE DESIGN Michael Dollin, Urban Earth Design, Phoenix (602/285-0214)
Native stone wall
This feature provides a handy perch and helps maintain the open feel. Broad steps act as amphitheater-like seating.
Natural gas is far cleaner than burning wood, and is a great option in areas with concerns about air quality or for fireplaces that function primarily as visual elements.
ELEMENTAL MATERIALS like river stone lend a weathered, time-less look to what is actually new construction. This design in Santa Ynez, California, screens an in-ground hot tub from view.
DESIGN Paul Hendershot Design, Ojai, CA (paulhendershotdesign.com or 805/646-7199)
The traditional furniture and formal arrangement create a sheltered nook in the vast outdoors.
Manmade stone is easier to work with (it bonds easily to a frame of concrete blocks) and is less expensive than real stone. Eldorado Stone (eldoradostone.com or 800/925-1491) and Cultured Stone (culturedstone.com or 800/255-1727) both make realistic veneers.
Wood-burning fireplaces are slowly being legislated out of existence because of air quality and wildfire concerns. Be sure to use only well-seasoned hardwood or wax-and-sawdust logs, and screen the chimney to prevent sparks.
For a more eco-conscious alternative, consider building or retrofitting with natural gas and a ceramic or cement log setup.
Evoke a traditional hearth.
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|Title Annotation:||At home outdoors|
|Author:||Whiteley, Peter O.|
|Date:||Jun 1, 2008|
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