Building a stone fireplace in your backyard allows for a cozy outdoor space for friends and family to enjoy year round. Before jumping right into building your dream fireplace however, sit down and decide what your building budget will be. Will you hire a professional to do the job, or do it yourself?
If you decide to do it yourself, keep in mind you will have to clear and level a spot in your yard. That will require either some back-breaking shovel work or renting a small tractor. Once you’ve decided which route to take, then set a design budget.
There are several places to find plans for building a stone fireplace. Check at your local home supply store or look online. The best way to keep your design budget low is by selecting one of the many free designs available on do-it-yourself sites offering designs and directions for the do-it-yourself builder. Choose from very elaborate, modern designs, if you have construction experience, to designs that are more novice-friendly. A way to make the process a lot easier is to purchase a kit. The kit will come with a full set of diagrams, step-by-step instructions and a complete list of tools needed to complete the job. Some of the kits are modular in design, making them very easy to put together. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. Kit prices range from very reasonable to fairly pricy. If you decide the kit is right for you, make sure it’s cost doesn’t exceed your combined design and building budget.
The addition of a backyard fireplace will give you and your family years of enjoyment. It will also make a great selling feature should you ever decide to sell your home! Just make sure you keep your ideas and plans in line with the backyard budget you’ve settled on, keeping your finances in the green and everyone happy.
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