How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace

Our backyard underwent a major transformation this summer. We added a sprawling deck to our backyard and furnishings and finally, built an outdoor fireplace as the finishing touch.

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

As a reminder, just a few months ago, the space looked like this:

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

We went between the idea of fire pit vs fireplace, but in the end a fireplace had the architectural elements that a fire pit didn’t offer; the height and the fact that the even when it isn’t being used, it still looks great and intentional especially sold us on the idea. I loved the look of a few board-formed concrete fireplaces I had seen, so with inspiration in hand, we built our own in a week for around $1300. Instead of board-formed concrete, which is a pretty intense process, we used James Hardy siding (a non-combustible cement siding) which gave us a really similar look at a budget-friendly price and is more DIY friendly, too.

Today, on Homes.com, we’re sharing a detailed step-by-step tutorial of exactly how we made it, with a complete budget breakdown so you can tackle this project yourself! Click here to read how it all went down.

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

To say we have been enjoying our new outdoor space would be the understatement of the year, it’s changed everything and we’re excited the fireplace will allow us to hang out out here through the fall, too.

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

Day or night, you can find us out here eating, lounging or chatting. We’ve had a few questions about the durability of the furnishings out here (sources below). Almost everything is weather-rated except the leather pouf that we bring in, and the dining chairs that are holding up great. We have outdoor furniture covers that I mostly try to get on if I see rain coming, but Idaho is a desert climate so we don’t get much rain. It’s also a great idea to spray cushions with this outdoor ScotchGuard and if it comes down to it, all the covers are removable and can be thrown in the wash.

How to Build An Outdoor Fireplace | Chris Loves Julia

It’s so fun working with brands that give us 100% free reign, “What are some projects you guys have coming up? We’d love to get involved!” Homes.com is a dream to work with, we hope you enjoy the thorough tutorial here and we’re excited to partner with Homes.com for more projects in the coming months.

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SOURCES

Decking–Trex in Clam Shell color; Area Rug–Rejuvenation; Wood and white outdoor sofas–World Market; Black and white outdoor sofa–Crate&Barrel; Dining Table–Ikea; Striped Umbrella–Home Decorators; Black Tabouret dining chairs–Overstock; White wire dining chairs–Rejuvenation; Concrete planters–Rejuvenation; Leather Pouf–Lulu & Georgia; Black planter–Crate & Barrel; Teak lanterns–Crate & Barrel; String lights–Rejuvenation

 



12 Comments

  • Reply May 22, 2017

    Carrie Motley

    What white paint did you use for the fireplace? Thanks!

  • Reply May 8, 2017

    tam

    hi. I can’t seem to find that outdoor umbrella. do you remember the name at all? thanks so much

  • Reply March 7, 2017

    Haley Hepburn

    What are you doing with the space behind the fireplace?

    • Reply March 7, 2017

      Julia

      There’s only a couple feet of our property there, and it’s a triangle, so we’ll probably just fill it in with plants or gravel.

  • Reply December 11, 2016

    Tarryn

    HI there

    I am having trouble viewing the link with the instructions on how to make it. would love to read it as we are about to do a similar project!

  • Reply August 26, 2016

    Ashley

    Hi Julia! Such a beautiful space!
    Did you use the special blade for the hardie siding, or what did use to cut it down? We are doing a similar project where we are using the hardie board for a ” plank look” as well. I’m just trying to figure out the last bit of tool details. (We are new to the diy world :) Thanks

    • Reply August 26, 2016

      Julia

      We used a metal/masonry saw in our miter saw to make the cuts.

  • Reply August 25, 2016

    Abby

    How did you do the string lights? Are they held up by a pole that is hidden somewhere in the trees? I would like to do that on our deck, but our deck is open at the opposite corners fromt the house. As in, it looks out into our back yard and there are no trees to attach the lights to or hide the poles. We might be stuck with installing a pole to hook the lights to, but do you have any other suggestions?

    • Reply August 25, 2016

      Julia

      One end of our string lights is attached to a hook on our gutters and the other is attached to a branch on a tree with wire. If you don’t have any trees, you may need to install a pole or something.

  • Reply August 25, 2016

    Dakwerken

    That’s really a great idea of making the backyard look more beautiful with a deck and fireplace. Will surely like to have it in my own backyard very soon!!

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Lo

    Beautiful, beautiful backyard! I keep coming back to it on Instagram just to stare at this space as it feels like being on holiday. I have looked at these outdoor sofas before but can’t get myself to buy them simply because they have a completely straight back – is it actually comfortable to sit on?

  • Reply August 24, 2016

    Kim | Yellow Brick Home

    I had no idea you DID end up painting the fireplace! That color is so warm and natural, you totally fooled me. Ah-mazing all around. When can we come over?

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