Outdoor Fireplace Costs

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Outdoor Entertaining Room

Outdoor Entertaining Room

Designer Marc Nissim maximized space in this outdoor area, adding a dining space, fireplace and pond-like pool that are all optimal for entertaining.

Photo by: Marc Nissim Design

Marc Nissim Design

Designer Marc Nissim maximized space in this outdoor area, adding a dining space, fireplace and pond-like pool that are all optimal for entertaining.

By: Sean McEvoy

If you've decided an outdoor fireplace is in the plans for your home's external living space, you probably have plenty of curiosity about outdoor fireplace costs. The materials featured and fuel used, size and scope of the fireplace, and whether or not it's a custom-built design or a store-bought model will go a long way towards defining how much money you'll burn on this new outdoor fire feature. Chances are it'll be worth the investment, as outdoor fireplaces tend to be hugely popular elements of outdoor design, providing a natural gathering, entertaining and even cooking space. Whatever you invest, the returns are likely to be hefty in terms of cozy and comfortable quality time spent with friends and family.

One of the first decisions that will affect the pricing of your outdoor fireplace is whether you want it to be a fixed-in-place, custom-built design, or a store-bought, prefabricated or modular unit.

Homeowners who opt for a custom build are generally looking for a more high-end design, and the price will certainly reflect that, as these projects generally cost many times the budget of required for a prefabricated fireplace purchased from your local home improvement store. Firstly, any custom build will require the services (and therefore the time labor costs) of a stone mason and/or contractor. Stonework can be quite expensive, depending on the scope and complexity of the design you decide to implement. In general a custom build can add anywhere from $50 to $100 or more per hour onto your costs for labor, and that's on top of the normal range for these projects, which can run anywhere from $2,000 to $30,000 or more, again depending on scope, materials and size.

In terms of materials, expect to pay significantly more for higher-end fireplace façade veneers like granite, metal or glass, and slightly less for lower-quality stone, stucco or ceramic. Scope and size come into play again here, as you'll of course need more façade materials for a larger fireplace and fewer for a smaller model.

If you decide to opt for a prefabricated or modular fireplace purchased from a specialty retailer or home improvement store, your wallet will take a significantly smaller hit—more in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. Again, the size and materials will go a long way to determining the cost.

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