After months of hibernation, there’s nothing more uplifting than the thought of long summer evenings dining al fresco with friends and family. With this in mind, spring brings the perfect opportunity to dust off the outdoor furniture and start preparing your outdoor space.
As well as being incredibly useful and practical, outdoor fires are ideal for entertaining. Adding an outdoor fire is like an extension of the rest of your home, creating a cosy extra room or entertaining space for all-seasons.
Here we give you four examples of how a fireplace can elevate your outdoor space to the next level.
1. Family Friendly Outdoor Hub
This large deck area features an Escea EF5000 outdoor gas fireplace for lounging and year-round entertaining. The EF5000’s electronic ignition and fully adjustable flame and heat settings make it the perfect choice for parents busy spending time with their kids, but also provides customisable ambience for more sophisticated fireside evenings without little ones.
Bright blue metal chairs and a white flowering hedge add a dash of whimsy to the muddy weatherboard and box hedging, and the cantilever umbrella ensures that the family can enjoy their beautiful new outdoor space come the heaviest rain or the most blazing sunshine.
2. Sophisticated Sanctuary
There’s nothing more inviting than a daybed on the patio to spend lazy afternoons lounging, reading and relaxing. The owners here have included an Escea EW5000 flush along the wall to enable the space to be used in evenings and those beautiful autumn and spring sunshine days with a chill in the air.
To keep with the clean, minimal lines, wood storage units have been included in the wall. The palette is also clean and fresh, with a concrete floor and stone walls complemented by the more adventurous pops of citrus in the accessories.
In this case the firebox has been packed with pine cones for a touch of rustic, but an advantage of the EW5000 is the cooking plate feature which allows the fire to double as a BBQ.
3. Panoramic Paradise
This Dunedin home makes the most of the stunning harbour views all year round with an Escea EF5000 underneath a retractable concertina louvre roof. Glass balustrade ensures the views and sunshine are maximised and sliding doors open the space completely up from the kitchen area, perfect for easy outdoor dining.
The stainless steel fascia with white coal fuel bed was a harmonious choice for the minimalist home, which also features steel throughout the home’s interior and exterior.
4. Urban Oasis
This sophisticated apartment offers the chance to experience the intimacy of big-city lights after dark while sheltering from the high-rise breeze in front of an Escea EF5000 gas fireplace.
The EF5000 offers radiant heat at the touch of a button, making a glass of wine amidst twinkling city lights an irresistible prospect even on the coldest of winter nights. The interior designer owner of this home chose a white coal fuel bed and a stainless-steel fascia to recall the squared-off feature mirrors of the living room.
The EF5000 is zero clearance rated, making it possible to be installed into any space without the need for expensive fire-rated materials.