Maintenance tasks and needed updates make owning a home seem difficult at times. From mowing the lawn and washing windows to repairing a leaky faucet, you can see how so many homeowners become overwhelmed.
Fortunately, certain updates can be physically, emotionally, and financially rewarding. The addition of an outdoor fireplace is one of these updates that homeowners should consider for their home, family, and finances.
Of course, everybody knows a fireplace will provide you with warmth on cool days or evenings, but there are other benefits to having one outdoors. With this guide and a professional’s help, you will understand a few real benefits of having an outdoor fireplace.
Most people know the sight and sound of water is relaxing, but the sight, sound, and warmth of a crackling fire has also been proven to be calming.
As a matter of fact, sitting by a crackling fire can actually reduce your blood pressure, inducing feelings of relaxation and improving your overall health. Recent studies showed watching and listening to a burning fire decrease blood pressure levels by five percent.
Scientists are not entirely sure why a crackling fire is so relaxing, but many believe the act dates back to prehistoric times when fires were used as a source of light, warmth, and comfort in the dark.
Everyone knows they can roast marshmallows in a fire, but an outdoor fireplace can be used to create a variety of different treats for you, your family, and a multitude of guests.
Of course, roasting marshmallows to create s’mores is considered classic and something everyone should do with their family. Consider scheduling a s’mores night once a month for your family or allow your children to invite their friends over to roast marshmallows for s’mores. If you don’t like s’mores, enjoy marshmallows alone, eating them right off the roasting stick once they cool down slightly.
If you are not a fan of these classic treats, marshmallows are not the only food you can roast in your outdoor fireplace. Starbursts are a favorite to warm over the fire as well.
Add nuts to a cast iron pan and place it over the fire, roast whole peppers that can be enjoyed as a side dish, or heat up a few hot dogs for a savory snack. A few firm pieces of fruit can also be cooked by the fire for a sweet treat.
Most people are surprised by how many different foods and treats they can prepare in their outdoor fireplace.
Increased Appeal and Value
Last, but certainly not least, an outdoor living space is one of the smartest updates to consider for your home because it increases the appeal and the total value of your home.
According to the National Association of Realtors, more than half of buyers said they would be willing to pay a premium for a home with an outdoor living space. This living space not only makes your home more appealing purchase, but buyers will also be willing to pay more for your home.
An outdoor fireplace can be designed into an existing porch or patio in a complementary manner. You can use stone, brick, and other materials, ensuring the fireplace looks like a natural, yet custom, addition to your home.
Surround your fireplace with conversational seating, such as patio chairs and ottomans, a sectional, and tables that can be used to serve your family and other guests.
From relaxation and a place to prepare delicious treats to increased home appeal and value, the benefits of an outdoor fireplace should be easy to see. To learn more about fireplaces or to start the design process of your own outdoor fireplace, contact Alpine Gas Fireplaces today.