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Are you thinking about an outdoor fireplace for your Kansas City area home?

Outdoor fireplaces are tremendously popular here in the Kansas City area and for good reason. Adding a fireplace to your screened porch or open porch not only offers ambiance but it also turns your porch into a room that can be used more months throughout the year. An outdoor fireplace will be the focal element of your space and will add living opportunities. It invites conversation and creates a mood like no other room amenity can.

The spacious porch below features a gable roof, a finished ceiling, and large screened areas for plenty of light and fresh air. The centerpiece of the roof is the outdoor fireplace with TV mounted above. This fireplace facade is also finished with stone. Try to imagine how different this screened porch would be without the fireplace as a focal point.


Olathe outdoor fireplace with TV mounted above

The Olathe outdoor fireplace you see below integrates beautifully into the screened porch. This fireplace features a stone facade but your custom outdoor fireplace will have the facade you select. The porch below has a bright and airy feel so the light-colored stone facade is a perfect fit for this screened porch.

Gas, wood burning or electric?

Gas is one of the most popular options for outdoor fireplaces. It has some practical advantages over wood burning. You won’t have any ash or sparks. You don’t have to collect wood and you don’t need to wait for the fire to go out at night. A gas fire throws heat and is enjoyable to watch. For this type of fireplace, we integrate a gas ventless firebox into your fireplace structure. Wood fireplaces are more traditional but they require a working chimney, wood storage, cleaning, and other challenges that you don’t have with a gas fireplace. One final option is an electric firebox. This will provide a semblance of the look. It is simpler and less expensive but doesn’t give the full ambiance and also will produce very little heat.

Take a look below. It may not be readily apparent but this outdoor fireplace is strategically placed to provide privacy in just the right spot. Perhaps there is a particular view that would best be covered for privacy. That might be the ideal spot for your outdoor fireplace. Notice the creative half kneewall and half railing wall. This ensures all local building codes are met while still utilizing the half railing wall for more open space.

From the holiday decorations in the picture below, you can see that an outdoor fireplace can turn your porch into a nearly all-season room. This porch has a gable roof with a finished interior ceiling. Notice how the slender dark railings draw your eye out into the yard creating the perfect space to be one with nature while still enjoying creature comforts.


Bright and airy Shawnee KS porch with outdoor fireplace

_Take a look at a number of outdoor fireplaces on screened porches and also on covered porches and on decks.


Olathe outdoor fireplace on open porch

Your porch fireplace can either be in a screened porch or within an open porch as you see above. Although an open air porch will not hold heat the way an enclosed screened porch will, it provides the same ambiance. The ceiling fan helps to move air throughout this porch. You’ll note from the picture above that we mounted a television above the fireplace for additional viewing enjoyment.

There’s no doubt that a fireplace has an undeniable charm and appeal. Try to imagine the above porch without the focal fireplace.

Fireplace facade options

Take a look through any magazine and you’ll see many beautiful images of fireplaces with stone facades. Stone is one of the most requested facade finishes. There are a couple stone options available. Cultured stacked stone is quite popular but you can also utilize natural stone and vary the aesthetic with different stone patterns.


Outdoor porch fireplace with stone facade in Lenexa KS

Wood is another facade option. Below you’ll see a facade made of Ipe Brazilian hardwood.


Lenexa KS outdoor porch fireplace with an Ipe Brazilian hardwood facade


Leawood KS screened porch with outdoor fireplace

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