The Top Outdoor Design Element for 2016

March 11, 2016

Are you highlighting fire pits and outdoor fireplaces in your listings? A new survey shows they’re coveted amenities among home shoppers. Architects recently surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects pinpointed fireplaces and fire pits as the number one outdoor design element for 2016.

“Once upon a time, the living room fireplace was the favored gathering spot for family and guests, and roasting marshmallows over a campground fire was part of the annual family vacation,” according to Belgard, an outdoor living product company. “Modern outdoor living combines these two traditions into one with outdoor fireplaces and firepits.”

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association say they’ve seen an uptick in the popularity among linear fireplaces – rectangular fireplaces – as well as smokeless fire pits. Linear fireplaces offer a “sleek, modern design” and gas-powered models that can span up to 12-feet wide, according to the association. Also, electric-powered models that offer multicolor flames are gaining popularity and offer a “sophisticated, contemporary style,” the association notes.

Fire pits and fireplaces “not only add ambiance to an outdoor space but also provide heat and light that allows you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year,” says designer Kate Campbell with HGTV’s “Decked Out.”

Source: “The Hottest Trend in Outdoor Living? Fireplaces and Firepits,” RISMedia (March 10, 2016)