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Budgeting for an Outdoor Fireplace

Whether you’re adding or upgrading an outdoor living space, consider budgeting for an outdoor fireplace in the plan. Not only will you, family and friends love gathering around one, it also adds value to your home, both financially and aesthetically. The good news is that outdoor fireplaces are scalable to meet your budget.

When budgeting for your outdoor fireplace, the following factors impact the final cost:

  • The materials featured (iron, stone veneer, etc.)
  • Fuel type (gas, propane, wood)
  • Height and width of the fireplace
  • Whether it’s custom-built or a store-bought model

All things considered, if you have your heart set on a specific, more expensive feature, adjustments can be made in other areas to offset the cost and bring it back within your original budget. For example, the farther away the outdoor fireplace from the house, the farther a gas line might need to be installed should you choose gas-burning. Yet, if it’s a grander size or design you want, you can choose wood-burning over running a gas line to stay within budget.

One of the first decisions you make about installing an outdoor fireplace is whether it will be fixed-in-place, custom-built, or a prefabricated or modular unit.

The more customized, the higher the cost. Yet going custom can result in the luxurious design of your dreams. Custom built outdoor fireplaces require stonemasonry. In general, a custom build can add anywhere from $50 to $100 or more per hour onto your costs for labor, and that’s on top of the normal range for these projects, which can run anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars, again depending on scope, materials and size.

Opting for a prefabricated or modular fireplace is significantly easier on the budget—more in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Again, size and materials determine final cost.

When selecting materials, expect to pay more for higher-end fireplace façade veneers like granite, metal or glass, and slightly less for stone, stucco or ceramic. Size and design are important here, as larger, more ornate outdoor fireplaces require more materials than smaller ones do. 

Whatever you choose as your budget, your outdoor fireplace is a great investment for your home. The outdoor entertaining areas that are popular tend to recoup your expense if or when you sell your home. Whatever you spend, you’ll get back in terms of having a relaxing, beautiful area to spend time with friends and family.  

Have questions or ready to start budgeting for your outdoor fireplace? Visit our design gallery or contact our experts.