Column: Creative interpretation of an outdoor fireplace
This incredible outdoor creation was driven by the brilliant homeowners’ vision for something unique, elegant, very livable and full of shade opportunities. A place where family and friends can connect is the result is art, steel and fire merged.
Her sense of style guided our design – and, we may have borrowed a few design features from another structure built earlier this year. She witnessed the drama of oversized lumber married with the tapered columns and immediately recognized the value. We consider this a modern interpretation of craftsman style (whatever that means).
Again, shade was a major driver as well as creating a formal outdoor room sensation. The drapes contribute in a lively fashion for each and watching them catch the breeze and provide movement is an added bonus. Immediate intimacy is created when they are partially closed. Brightly colored pots filled with fragrant annuals and a palm jazz up the space.
Notice the rusted steel panel suspended between the columns towards the back of the space. That piece of custom art serves as a fireplace “chimney” to the rectangular steel basin below which behaves as the remaining fireplace. This incredibly custom piece is absolutely a focal point to the space and is an original, although I have not been asked to sign it. Space, budget and design often don’t allow for a formal fireplace and this was our creative interpretation. I’m imagining there will be more to follow.
Incredible outdoor living spaces continue to dominate everyday conversations. Families gather. Friends convene. Problems are solved and smiles are discovered.