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(StatePoint) While all homeowners may wish they had unlimited resources to make upgrades, most people need to prioritize a bit due to time and money. For many these days, the goal is extending living and entertaining areas outdoors: 56 percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining, according to a Houzz Landscaping Trends study.
To that end, the number one design element in outdoor renovations is a fire feature. This could be because outdoor fireplaces extend the season by adding warmth, provide a visual focal point around which to gather, and offer an opportunity to personalize the space.
And if you are looking for a great return on investment, this addition can be beneficial when it's time to sell: an outdoor fireplace can increase a home's value up to $3,500, according to the Marshall & Swift Residential Cost Handbook. For free resources on selecting the right fireplace for you, visit fireplaces.com/outdoor.