The Top Outdoor Design Element for 2016

Are you highlighting fire pits and outdoor fireplaces? 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.

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. Also, electric-powered models that offer multicolor flames are gaining popularity and offer a “sophisticated, contemporary style,” they note.

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)