Necessary updates and maintenance tasks can sometimes make it seem difficult to own a home. From having to repair a leaky faucet and washing windows to mowing the lawn, it is easy to understand why so many homeowners feel overwhelmed.
Fortunately, there are some updates that can be financially, emotionally, and physically rewarding. One of those updates that should be considered by homeowners for their family, finances, and home, is adding an outdoor fireplace.
Of course, everyone knows that a fireplace provides warmth in the evenings or on a cold day. However, there are some other great benefits to having a fireplace outdoors. With some professional help and our guide, you will have a better understanding of the important benefits that an outdoor fireplace can give you.
Most people are aware that the sound and sight of water is very relaxing. However, it also has been proven that the warmth, sounds, and sights of a crackling fire is calming.
Sitting next to a crackling fire, in fact, can help to lower your blood pressure, improve your overall health, and make you feel relaxed. According to recent studies, it was found that listening and watching a burning fire resulted in a five percent reduction in blood pressure levels.
Scientists are not completely sure why humans find a crackling fire to be so relaxing, however many people believe this may date back all the way to prehistoric days when fires were utilized for comfort in the dark, warmth, and source of light.
Everybody knows that marshmallows can be roasted in a fire. However, an outdoor fireplace may be used for creating a wide variety of various treats for guests, your family, and yourself.
Roasting marshmallows to make s’mores is a classic snack to fix over a fire and something that everybody should do with their families. Think about having a s’mores night scheduled one a month for the entire family or let your kids invite their friends over for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. If for some reason you don’t like s’mores, you can always enjoy marshmallows on their own, by eating them directly off of their roasting sticks, after they have cooled down a bit.
If you don’t like those classic treats, there are other foods that you can roast besides marshmallows in an outdoor fire. Another favorite for warming over a fire are starbursts.
Heat up a couple of hot dogs for a tasty snack, or roast whole peppers for add to as a side dish to a meal or put some nuts into a cast iron pan and put it over an open fire. For a tasty sweet treat, you can cook a couple of pieces of fruit over a fire.
Many people are quite surprised by all of the different treats and foods that can be prepared from their outdoor fireplaces.
Increased Value and Appeal
Finally, but definitely not the least advantage, having an attractive outdoor living area is among the smartest updates that you can consider for your house since it increases your home’s total value and its appeal.
The National Association of Realtors reports that over half of home buyers stated they would pay a premium on a house that had an outdoor living area. The living space makes your home not only more appealing to buy, but buyers also are willing to pay a higher price for your house.
An outdoor fireplace may be designed to complement an existing patio or porch. Brick, stone, and other materials may be used to ensure that your fireplace looks like a custom, yet natural, addition to your house.
Your fireplace can be surrounded with conversational seating, like a sectional, ottomans, patio chairs, and tables that may be used for serving your guests and family.
From feelings of relaxation and place to make delicious treats to increase the value and appeal of your home, the benefits provided by an outdoor fireplace are obvious to see. Get in touch with Alpine Gas Fireplaces now to get the design process started on your very own outdoor fireplace, or to get more information on fireplaces.