A pretty dreamy addition to a patio or garden, a fireplace truly turns an outdoor space into another room. It provides a focal point and extends the usability of the space into a nighttime gathering spot, one that you can use even on chillier evenings. Combine with a water feature and have the best of both worlds...
Above the Jump: Designed by Vance Lorenzini, it's a poolside pavilion in Desert Hot Springs. The pavilion provides "shelter during the hot days and a cozy spot to hang out during the cool evenings".
Designed by Katharine Webster in the backyard of a Pacific Heights home. The firepit is "framed by two similarly elliptical benches outfitted with radiant heating for additional warmth".
Designed by Thuilot Associates in Berkeley. The fireplace stands next to a swimming pool and hot tub. It's concrete ledge invites lounging with square section of ipe decking in front that "signals that this is a gathering area".
Check out the entire article online or in the December 08 issue of California Home + Design.
Photos: Top: Scott Mayoral, Middle: David Duncan Livingston, Bottom:Thuilot Associaties all via California Home + Design