Designs by Gary: An Affordable Option for Outdoor Fireplaces
For reasons that are primal to the human experience, people are inherently drawn to gather around fire in the outdoor environment. The popularity of fire features for outdoor living space is proof and many clients will jump at the suggestion to have a fireplace or fire ring included in a project.
A full standing fireplace is often most desired because just like an indoor fireplace it defines the space and becomes a center of attraction. The limitation with a custom-built fireplace is they’re pricey and time-consuming to build. Because a masonry fireplace requires a foundation and specialized labor the price tag can be $10,000 to $12,000 and take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Luckily there are alternatives. For years I have been specifying and installing a pre-engineered fireplace unit manufactured in the USA and now being distributed by American Fyre Designs.
The DBG or Designs by Gary fireplaces are precast units that arrive on shipping palettes and can be assembled in 3-4 hours with simple hand tools. Because the unit is constructed of lightweight, high strength cement it requires no special foundation and can be placed on a basic concrete pad.
The advantages of the DGG fireplace are numerous. Because the cost is lower than full masonry fireplaces they fit into a wider range of project types. The flexibility of fuel choice can be natural gas or wood and because they assemble in hours versus weeks, clients are pleased. The DBG fireplace is available in a number of different design styles including scaled down units for small outdoor spaces and larger grande style for those mac mansion projects.
Some designers will scoff at the suggestion of using a pre-manufactured fireplace in custom outdoor living projects. Since I’ve designed at the top end of the outdoor living market for over 25 years I understand this perspective. Yet outdoor living is a lifestyle experience that everyone should have access to. DBG fireplaces provide a more affordable option with quality design work that I continue to recommend.
To get more inspiration and access our gallery of fireplace ideas click here. If you want to bring your skills for designing and building outdoor living space to a higher level, consider enrolling in the upcoming Master Class, The Secrets of Exceptional Outdoor Living Space. This 6 week, live online training is similar to a graduate school studio design and construction detailing class but at a fraction of the cost.
The course is taught live online and is backed up with video training captured from real world outdoor living projects. The instructor has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture and has been designing outdoor environments for over 25 years.