Prefab or Custom Outdoor Fireplace? Pros and Cons

Published on: May 28, 2018

Have you been wanting to add an outdoor fireplace to your patio? Not only do they help take the chill out of the night, they can add elegance and flickering light to your outdoor space. If you are ready to upgrade your patio with a new stone fireplace, you have two options – prefab or custom built. Here are some of the pros and cons of each option.

Prefab Fireplaces

There are companies that make prefab outdoor fireplaces that are ready to be installed on your patio. They look like a stone fireplace but are usually made with veneer on the outside to emulate natural stone. Pros and cons include:

  • Prefab fireplaces require much less time to install than a custom-built design. They can also come with perfected drafting to make it easier to maintain your fire.
  • With prefab, you have limited styles to choose from and you will need to make it fit into your design, not design it to fit your patio style.

Custom Outdoor Fireplaces

A stone fireplace is a stunning centerpiece for your outdoor space, especially when it is designed especially for you. Pros and cons of a custom-made stone fireplace include:

  • Your fireplace is built to your specifications and is made from natural, durable stone. You can have a unique fireplace that is like no other.
  • It will take more time to build your custom fireplace and it usually will cost more than a prefab option.

Either choice will still give you a lovely fireplace in your backyard to enjoy on those late evenings on the patio. Talk to your local hardscape landscapers to determine which option best suites your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

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