Fall is Coming: Fireplaces and Fire Pits
Design: Norman Millar Architects & Judith Sheine; Image: Mark Mahaney for Dwell
It could easily be argued that the title of this post should be “Fall is Here”, since it is already October and much of the Northern Hemisphere is starting to experience cooler temperatures. In Central Texas, where I live, that means highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s—not exactly fire building weather, but there will be more than a few cold evenings here as the year continues. Which is why I’m already thinking ahead about fireplaces and fire pits, and why I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
Play the Angles
What I initially loved about this first fireplace is how the firebox is placed within a huge concrete volume that juts into the space. It’s not a huge fire but the hearth itself is wonderfully imposing and dramatic. When I learned that there’s an outdoor fireplace in the same concrete block on the other side of the wall—which also juts out at an angle onto a deck—I was hooked.
Do It Yourself
Design and Image: Man Made DIY
My house doesn’t have a fireplace, but I do love a fire now and then so I’ve been on the search for a great looking but simple fire pit. Now I’ve found a DIY recipe for this concrete beauty and may have to give it a try!
Design: Fearon Hay; Image: Patrick Reynolds
How’s this for a swell idea? A hanging, swiveling fireplace positioned for using either indoors or out? This is the kind of idea I’m definitely holding onto for the next house.
Design: ras-a inc.; Image: Spencer Lowell for Dwell
If I were ever to create a permanent outdoor fire pit, this is the kind of thing I’d go for.
Will you be using your fireplace or fire pit this fall?