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Monday, January 28, 2008

I just want it to be Summer again!

I was just going through some old images that I had on my computer and I came across this one that just made my pine for Summer again. It has been raining here in Los Angeles and also a little cold, so I am totally ready for the sun to come out and warm everything up again. One of my biggest goals for this summer is the redesign of my back garden. It has been sitting dormant now for about a year since we bought the place and I am finally ready to start moving ahead. One thing that I know I want is an outdoor fireplace. Southern California has the perfect climate for that, although, maybe not at this time of year.
Here are some thoughts about fireplaces you may want to consider if you are planning one for your yard too:
  • If at all possible, try to find a place out of the wind, they are particularly susceptible to windy conditions.
  • You may want to consider building a wood fire pizza oven instead, it can give off as much heat, but also produce great pizza!
  • Consider using a rough stone on the outside, it will help give it the look of an old relic.
  • Be sure to be generous with the seating area in front. Don't make the mistake of putting the seating too close to the flames, it will be uncomfortable and not the popular place that you imagined.


Villa Anna said...

I agree I LOVE outdoor fire places. I currently have a gorgeous chimenea in the shape of a huge terracotta owl. he's gorgeous! My dream though is to one day build a woodfire pizza oven with a stunning european tile feature.

Anna :)

p.s Summer is a blaze down here in Oz. 35 degrees celcius and not a cloud in the sky ;)

Kate said...

Tell me about it, it's sunny but freezing in London...bring on summer!