Keeping Warm, Texas-Style

Now that cooler temps are here, you might start thinking that it’s time to retire the backyard for the season. After all, who wants to sit outside and freeze? Well, actually, me! No, not the freeze part, but sit outside? Yes please, all the time, all year long if I could. And I don’t want to let the unpredictable North Texas weather tell me when I can do it, either! What’s the solution?

Outdoors Meets Indoors

Outdoor fireplace, baby! Outdoor fireplaces are a fixture in the chillest of backyards, and there’s a good reason for that- having a fire outside is the epitome of taking it easy. Picture it- you just had a long commute home. You’re tired. The weather is clear and it’s been gorgeous all day, but you missed it because you were inside in your stupid office doing your stupid job that keeps you from enjoying days like these. All you want to do is sit outside and enjoy what remains of an assuredly beautiful North Texas autumn day. So, you go outside to the fireplace, toss in a few logs or branches, crack a beer, and let the glory of fall wash over you.

Gives. Me. Chills. Seriously, is there any better way to enjoy October in DFW?

Making Dreams a Reality

So how do we take this from fantasy to legitimately what we’re doing tomorrow night? First, you need the set up. You can’t just burn stuff in your backyard in city limits without having a safe way to ensure that you aren’t going to set your neighbor’s house on fire by accident. With an outdoor fireplace, you are containing the flames and embers, as well as protecting your fire from wind (which is both dangerous and super annoying). If you’ve already got a pool, adding the fireplace to the poolside area looks heavenly, and it will warm you up if you like to swim late into the season (or you’re taking advantage of the spa). If you’re working with an open space, consider making the fireplace the focal point of your backyard. Build a permanent stone seating area around the fireplace, and use your budget to really get creative with the stonework on it. Natural boulders, bricks, flagstone…what catches your eye? Perhaps some moulding or colorful glazing? Whatever suits you; make it your own!

Budgeting Your Way There

How much should you expect something like this to cost? Well, it depends on what you want and how much you’re willing to spend to get it. I mean, they sell chimineas at Kroger for $35, but if you really want something that looks nice, you’re looking at probably anywhere from $3000 to as much as $10,000 and more. You know that old saying, “you get what you pay for”? That definitely applies when you’re talking about something like this. You can’t expect to have that $35 Kroger chiminea last for 10 years (spoiler: mine lasted about 2 years before crumbling to pieces). But a gorgeous stone fireplace with a quality fire box and matching stone seating area, large enough to fit 10 people? Yeah, you could spend $10K on that, and enjoy it for the next 20 years. Worth it.

Happy fall, y’all! We are so happy that fall is here- football on the tv, brats on the grill, cold beer by the fire outside. Plus, fall is when we get to plan our spring projects. Have you gotten on our schedule yet? If you’re wanting that fireplace up and ready to go before next year, don’t wait because spots are filling up fast. Remember we service most of the eastern Metroplex, including Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, Fairview, Lucas, Prosper, and much more. Give us a call and let’s get started!