Why Outdoor Fireplaces Are the Most Popular Backyard Home Design Feature

If you’re looking to add value to your home and make the most of your backyard, an outdoor fireplace may be the best move you could make. 

Build Value With an Outdoor Fireplace Oasis

According to landscape architects, fireplaces and fire pits are the most popular outdoor design elements in remodel projects. 

Now that we are under pandemic restrictions, homeowners are turning to backyard relaxation even more. Houzz reported a 58% increase in home remodeling projects in June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, with outdoor remodeling professionals seeing the biggest increase in demand. 

It seems that homeowners are more than willing to splurge on an outdoor space they love, especially if it includes an outdoor fireplace. If increasing the value of your home is important to you, investing in an outdoor living space with a fireplace is a good way to go.

How an Outdoor Fireplace Can Improve Your Quality of Life 

Your outdoor fireplace will quickly turn your backyard into an oasis that you can comfortably enjoy well beyond the summer months. 

From entertaining, to backyard campouts, an outdoor fireplace unlocks a new dimension of outdoor experiences. And with the PNW’s mild temperatures, a heat source like an outdoor fireplace can make your backyard accessible year round. 

Ideas to Increase Your Enjoyment

An outdoor fireplace is best used as a centerpiece around other design elements. Many homeowners surround their fireplaces with lights, chairs, an outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, or even a covered space with an outdoor home movie theater.

It’s also worth considering the landscape that will surround your fireplace. You can make your backyard even more beautiful and relaxing by adding your favorite plants, a pond, or low-maintenance rockery.

The Cost and ROI 

A typical outdoor fireplace starts at a few thousand, before the installation fees. Fire pits and fire tables are typically less expensive, depending on size and quality. 

The fuel your new fireplaces uses will also impact price. Bringing gas to the location can cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. 

Recouping the Cost

A 2018 report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) suggested that homeowners could expect to recoup 67% of the cost of an average outdoor fire feature at the time of sale. This percentage is based on 456 surveyed landscape professionals’ estimates for installation costs and 6,911 surveyed realtors’ estimates for costs recovered. 

However, an outdoor fireplace has value far beyond the financial gains when you sell your home: it also greatly increases your enjoyment during the time you live in it.

The same joint NAR-NALP report also included results from a survey of 4,079 outdoor home project consumers who were asked to rate their happiness when seeing their completed project. Those who had added fire features had the highest average happiness rating of all respondents.

If you are planning a fireplace project in Western Washington and want to get a cost estimate, reach out to Four Day Fireplace for a quote. We design, build, and service a wide range of fireplaces to suit every homeowner’s unique needs.

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