With Labor Day behind us and the beginning of a new school year, fall is quickly approaching. A little too quick for my taste as spring and summer are my favorite seasons. Before you know it some of the things I enjoy most such as admiring gardens and spending time outdoors will give way to winter snow storms and freezing temperatures. I’m fortunate to live in a neighborhood that has periodic garden tours conducted by a master gardener. I was able to attend one last week that featured a green roof. In addition to seeing and learning about what’s involved in creating a green roof the overall garden was a very nice two level backyard retreat which made for a welcoming environment for the many guests that were invited. My favorite feature was an outdoor fireplace which is a great and practical means to extend time outdoors for entertaining and relaxing once temperatures drop in the fall. I was definitely inspired and decided an outdoor fireplace would be a nice feature to add to my home improvement wish list which is quite long.
Even if my visions of an outdoor fireplace is not in my immediate future, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to seek out fireplace inspirational images or at the very least to consider other more affordable options in the interim. As such I found a number of photos of nice fireplace design ideas as well as fire pits that might fit the bill. So here’s what I found:
As I was checking out the Green Living Journal website to get their take and advice on outdoor fireplaces it was suggested that chimineas are a much more efficient and cleaner burning option that minimizes the amount of smoke. Visit the link for other tips about choosing an outdoor fireplace for your outdoor rooms if you wish to extend your time for relaxing and entertaining beyond the lazy days of summer.