New Outdoor Fireplace Section: Photos and Tips for Design, Placement

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Highlighting a new, must-have amenity by today's homeowner, The Concrete Network has recently launched a new section on Outdoor Fireplaces featuring tips for choosing a fireplace design, available styles and photos.

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There is a certain romantic ambiance that surrounds an outdoor fireplace. The glow of the flickering flame invites guests to sit down, relax and enjoy life

With more time being spent outdoors, enjoying the cool summer nights, homeowners are also spending more money bringing the comforts of the inside out. Outdoor fireplaces offer warmth and comfort to outdoor dining and entertaining. The Concrete Network Website has recently launched a new section on everything there is to know about choosing the right outdoor fireplace for your outdoor living area. Outdoor Fireplaces are becoming a must-have amenity in today's backyard layouts and designs.

The section is filled with helpful insights and design tips by Garden Artisan Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, CA. He shares design and construction guidelines from over 20 years of high-end residential experience. He focuses on design criteria and fireplace styles, including choosing a design, placement, fireplace photos and more. The section also offers a glossary of terms for those not familiar with the subject.

"There is a certain romantic ambiance that surrounds an outdoor fireplace. The glow of the flickering flame invites guests to sit down, relax and enjoy life," explains Cohen.

When choosing a fireplace for your outdoor space it is important to choose a design that fits in scale with the size of the yard and home. Break up outdoor garden space into "rooms" or "zones" for entertainment and the outdoor "living room" can be used to situate you fireplace structure. Consider views from the house, focal points, privacy, screening and prevailing wind when deciding where to set a large permanent structure. Thinking of the fireplace as the "anchor" of an outdoor room can help with this process.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Network's purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications. These include stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. In June 2007 The Concrete Network Website had over 1.2 million visitors researching decorative concrete.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find-A-Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by 23 types of decorative concrete work and 200 regional areas throughout North America.

Article photo courtesy of The Green Scene. Attached photos courtesy of Progressive Concrete Works Inc.

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