Over the past decade fire pits have become increasingly popular. However nice a fire pit may be it does not compare to the standing structure of a fire place in becoming the hub for outdoor entertainment.
Fireplaces can be created as free standing structures to anchor the end of an alfresco gathering spot or can provide visual transition with a medium or course surface by using contrasting materials for flooring and fireplace.
The incorporation of a wood mantle would match perfectly with the southwestern landscape and even your favorite tile may be added for decoration. Outdoor kitchens are practical and are very appropriate for our climate.
A fireplace may be constructed to include a grill, sink, and storage making it the perfect entertainment area serving dual purposes. One suggestion before deciding on an outdoor fireplace, is to construct a life size version from cardboard.
It is very important to see the size of your structure so you can decide on the perfect placement and fit for your new entertainment area.