Tuesday, September 25th 2012
As the summer draws to a close, the days grow shorter, and the heat from July and August give way to cooler temperatures through September and October. At this time, those of us who have been cooped up inside during the dog days of summer are once again venturing outside to reclaim our lawns and patios. All across the Midwest, this is the time of year when the kids go back to school and the leaves start to turn fall colors. Cool weather has many of us reaching to the back of our hall closets for warmer coats and boots. And late in the evening, when you step outside to watch the sun drop below the horizon, you can often hear the sound of laughter and detect traces of firewood smoke in the air. Fall is just around the corner. It’s patio fireplace season. Nothing is more inviting than good conversation around a crackling fire on a cool night out on the patio.
The finished back patio in Kansas City has become the hallmark of a well-thought-out living space – one that delights in the background of the outdoor elements but maintains all the creature comforts you’d expect from a designer living room arrangement. At the center of many outdoor living spaces and custom patios, you’ll often find outdoor fireplaces.
Given that the typical Kansas City patio features seating and tables and a view of the yard, imagine how your patio – and your entire outdoor living experience – would change if you added an outdoor fireplace with a wood box and hearth. Outdoor fireplaces anchor your outdoor living area and create a center of activity. During the cold fall and winter months, outdoor fireplaces add warmth and ambiance, and even help to block prevailing winds. In Kansas City, you can add a wood-burning or gas fired outdoor fireplace to almost any patio area – scaled to fit and without impeding views of your landscaping. You can even select fireplace building materials that are color-coordinated and architecturally-appropriate for your home. Additionally, outdoor fireplaces are easy to start and can put off enough natural heat to keep everyone cozy.
Outdoor fireplaces have become enormously popular in Kansas City. Nothing soothes the soul after a long week on the job like the glow of the flickering flame. Outdoor fireplaces are a gathering point for family members – where you can spend time away from the phone and the TV and bask in the firelight as you toast marshmallows and make s'mores. The outdoor fireplace is also a great place to catch up with neighbors and friends – where steaming-hot mugs of coffee and hot chocolate warm the hands. So, step up to the fireside and join in on the conversation.
At Concrete Concepts in Kansas City, we pour concrete that can be stamped, formed, patterned, and stained to create beautiful additions to buildings and homes. We are the experts in Kansas City when it comes to creating beautifully-designed outdoor living spaces – complete with lavish patios, outdoor fireplaces, seat walls, and decorative walkways.