As we wave goodbye to summer and embrace the chilly nights of fall, people are longing for the warmth of an outdoor fireplace to extend the use of their backyard. Fire pits are nice, but a stately brick or stone fireplace can anchor the yard, increase your property value and beckon guests to gather like nothing else. Over the past few decades Coogan’s Design-Build has crafted literally thousands of outdoor fireplaces, and the choices are never ending. It doesn’t matter if your backyard is tiny and steep or a muddy tree filled lot, we can remedy any problem and leave you with an extraordinary outdoor living room to gather with your favorite people. If you’re looking for fireplace ideas, keep reading. We have five fabulous fireplace ideas that would be amazing in your backyard.




This large custom stone fireplace combines the rustic elements of wood and stone for a beautiful effect. The natural slate floor material used with this cozy space is a ‘Plum Pennsylvania Bluestone’  The stone fireplace was constructed from ‘Tennessee Thin’. Warm wicker furnishings were added to bring a comfy setting for watching late night TV or a Sunday football game with friends. This homeowner chose a wood burning fireplace combined with a gas starter for for the benefit of crackling fire without the fuss of a long kindling process . This custom fireplace includes a metal hinged door that is accessible from the back for ease of shoveling the ashes without the worry of making a mess. This one of a kind fireplace shelters under the roof of a beautiful outdoor pavilion, featuring custom wooden shutters stained in ‘Summer oak’. The custom shutters not only add privacy but help shelter the living space from the wind and weather.




This classic brick fireplace was created with chilly, wet swimmers in mind. Is there any better place to dry off and warm up than beside a crackling hot fire? Adjacent to the fireplace and pool our team constructed a welcoming outdoor kitchen for burgers on the grill or maybe a quick drink.  Tall shrubs were planted behind the fireplace to block the view from the neighbors. A blue flagstone patio was designed to blend perfectly with the slate mantle and kitchen counter. Whether lounging by the pool or warming by the fire, this outdoor fireplace quickly became the family’s favorite place to hang out. 



This stunning gas outdoor fireplace in Myers Park features a curved seating wall using traditional red brick topped with a rounded edge header. A blue slate mantle duplicates the gorgeous slate material that is used for the patio. After gathering ideas, hopes and dreams from the resident our talented designers quickly transformed an unused backyard into an enticing spot to gather with her garden club. Stylish outdoor furniture was added to complete the look.The homeowner is delighted! She loves entertaining and can now gather with close friends and family in a beautiful spot well into the winter. 



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Who would expect a fireplace nestled deep in the woods? That’s exactly what this is and this is one of our all time favorite outdoor fireplaces! This incredible space was created to evoke feelings of a magical, woodsy get away and the results were fabulous. A flagstone patio and curved seating wall join to define a nearby space for dining under the trees. The whitewashed brick gives this fireplace a wonderful weathered look that adds interest. The only thing lacking is a bag of marshmallows to roast.



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This homeowner had a massive backyard with a great view of the golf course, but no place to gather. Coogan’s Design-Build designed this beautiful stucco fireplace featuring curved seating walls, a remote gas starter, outdoor flat screen TV. Built in low voltage ledge lighting adds a soft glow at night for added beauty and safety. Bright throw pillows and potted ferns add the perfect finishing touch to this custom fireplace. The customer’s only regret is that she didn’t call us sooner. Her once empty backyard is now a popular hot spot. The kids love watching movies fireside with their friends and there is nothing like a game by the fire under the stars,  blanket included.


There you have it. Our fabulous five! If you’re considering a fireplace for your backyard Coogan’s Design-Build offers complimentary consultations with one of our trained designers and we can plan the perfect custom fireplace for you you. Call us or email to set up an appointment. We’d love to help!