We offer free consultations to anyone considering an outdoor fireplace in the Buford, Cumming. Alpharetta, Suwanee, Lawrenceville and surrounding areas.

Why Build an Outdoor Fireplace?

More and more North Georgian residents are extending their living space to their backyard, by adding patios, outdoor kitchens and more. An outdoor fireplace or firepit has become the centerpiece of outdoor entertaining. Nothing brings people together on a clear Georgia night than a fireplace. These outdoor firescapes can range from a single-ring fire pit to a full-size fireplace.

Outdoor Fireplace Considerations

There are several important considerations when designing your perfect outdoor fireplace. Southern Elegance’s design experts will give you a free consultation, to discuss your options.

Restrictions & Bylaws

One of the first things to consider is whether there are any restrictions to building an outdoor fireplace. If you belong to a Homeowners Association, be sure to check the bylaws, to make sure that you are allowed to build a fireplace and, if so, if there are any guidelines on size or location.

Wood or Gas?

The next step is to determine whether you would like a wood burning or gas fireplace. Gas allows a fire to be started very quickly and requires very little maintenance, while wood burning feels more like a true outdoor experience. Both options have great qualities.


The location of the fireplace is important. In addition to choosing a safe location for the fireplace, it’s important to choose a location that creates the most fun social experience. Drainage and the natural wind flow must also be taken into consideration when choosing a location.

Sometimes your decision to choose a wood or gas burning fire will dictate where the fireplace can be located. Often, homeowners want the fireplace to be built into an outdoor kitchen or pool structure. These are all important planning decisions.


Once the location has been determined, it’s time to turn your focus to the design. There are many style options available to you as you create something that blends with the home style and takes advantage of your yard’s natural beauty. There are also plenty of choices for materials, including brick, stone and marble.