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Outdoor Fireplace Plans and Building Materials

Updated on July 25, 2012

Fireplace Construction Plans and Materials Needed

If you have ever contemplated building an outdoor fireplace to enhance your outdoor living experience, you may be wondering like many others how you will go about doing it. There are a few options and methods. The different options are drastic as well, from having a contractor build it, to you doing it yourself. If you are in the latter group, you then have more options.

You may have decided to build an outdoor fireplace by yourself for reasons involving contractor pricing, or something as easy as the self satisfaction of doing it yourself. If you have some masonry experience or even none at all, you need not feel intimidated even with the enormous task involved with this type of project. Large scale structures are no different than smaller ones, except, they just happen to be larger. It follows the same adage that accountants use with regard to multi-million accounts. It’s really no different whether they manage an account with one hundred dollars, or an account with one million dollars. At the end of the day, it’s just a few extra zeros. The same adage can be applied to constructing a masonry fireplace. Building a fireplace is really no different than a project where you build something with just a few blocks. You’re just using more blocks. If you look at it from that perspective, you may realize that you can build your own outdoor fireplace structure.

Once you have decided what design you want to build, you will need to figure out your materials list. This list may not be exact, but it will get you extremely close to the total cost of the project. A good materials list will itemize the number of each block you will need, the amount of mortar needed, and other finishing costs that will be accrued during construction. This materials list should be the bulk of your construction cost.

Another list needed will be a tools list. This list will show the tools needed to build the fireplace. Because this list may include very expensive tools such as a block saw, a good idea will be to rent or borrow the needed tools. Unless you plan for additional construction projects such as your fireplace, there really is no need to purchase some of these tools. There is a reason for creating your tools list. Getting the needed tools on a list from the beginning will make it possible for you to get started on your construction without annoying stop periods due to you reaching a step in your construction where you needed a tool you didn’t have.

If you were able to complete a materials list, congratulations! You obviously have a specific design in mind and probably more so, you have the design on paper. Many people create a layout of their blocks on graph paper or they draw them using a Computer Aided Drawing/Drafting (CAD) program. This is an important step to complete so you don’t mortar blocks in place to later realize they were in the wrong position. With a “to scale” design and drawing, you will be able to get an exact block count for your materials list.

What if you are not interested in completing your own materials list or tools list? What if you don’t have the time or patience to learn CAD in order to design your own fireplace? There are alternatives. There are outdoor fireplace design plans and construction plans available to someone who wants a lot of the guesswork taken out of the project equation. Many designers will work with you to design a one of a kind fireplace. They will talk to you about your wanted design features and many will utilize a CAD program to bring life to your design. You will end up with a rendered drawing of your design such as the one pictured above. With this method, you may or may not receive any written instructions. There are additional websites available to consumers that offer fireplace construction plans for existing designs. If you purchase a construction plan, they should outline and address many things.

A good construction plan will provide you with a materials list, a tools list, and comprehensive written instructions for the completion of the fireplace project. The plans should also show you as well as tell you how to build the fireplace. This is accomplished by providing CAD based diagrams showing a block by block layout from the bottom up. If the plans are so general that you are scratching your head in confusion, then the plans are not comprehensive enough. Each stage of written instructions should be accompanied by detailed drawings showing the placement of individual blocks and it should provide you with additional tips and helpful hints that will make your construction easier. Whichever path you take in order to get the comfort of an outdoor fireplace, I’m sure you will have many years of easy living and relaxation.

If you are looking for outdoor fireplace plans, visit Backyard Flare, LLC, at Backyard Flare, LLC outdoor fireplace plans offer materials and tools lists, as well as CAD diagrams and detailed written instructions that will guide you step-by-step while you construct your fireplace. We’re confident that we have an outdoor fireplace design that will compliment your outdoor space.


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      7 years ago

      I found your hub to be very good. Thanks for sharing. Good link!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      Good Hub.


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