Southeastern Massachusetts has many beautiful and historic towns and locations, however few are as unique as the Town of Foxborough. Located where Interstate 95 and 495 meet, this multifaceted town is known by its residents as “the Gem of Norfolk County.” At once it is a picture of a perfect New England small town, yet it is the home of the New England Patriots football stadium and host to hundreds of thousands of fans each year. Yet it somehow is able to embrace both identities with ease.
When it comes to Foxborough outdoor living, a custom backyard fireplace can be a great way to extend your outdoor experience. With cool spring and fall temperatures, mild summers and typical snow-filled northeastern winters, the residents of Foxborough enjoy a true four-season experience that can be enjoyed year-round. A custom backyard fireplace can create a cozy environment for homeowners to enjoy, regardless of the season.
Options Available for a Custom Backyard Fireplace
While it may seem as though a fireplace is a fireplace, there are many options available for homeowners to use when they learn how to build an outdoor fireplace. Some homeowners choose to use DIY fireplace kits that can be customize through choices in natural stone materials or stone veneer materials to create a unique look and feel. Another option is to hire a professional installer to create a truly custom backyard fireplace using top quality materials of your choice to enhance your Foxborough outdoor living. However, it is important to note that these tips and ideas can be applied to homeowners and residential properties throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.
Here is an overview of popular styles used to create a custom backyard fireplace:
- TRADITIONAL – The definition of a “traditional” fireplaces would be a structure that is constructed in the typical shape and faced with natural stone, brick or stone veneer materials that are made from a natural or traditional type of stone. The opening for the firebox often has a slight arch and an extended hearth and mantel usually serve as the decorative and functional portion of the design. Home types that work well with a traditional custom backyard fireplace include colonial, craftsman, ranch and Cape Cod.
- MODERN – Fireplaces that are built using industrial materials, such as metals or manufactured stone, designed to adorn clean, minimalist lines are considered to be modern in style. Typically there are no embellishments with modern designs and these styles don’t typically have an inward chimney slope – in fact, they are very cube-like in their structure. Grey concrete or other color-less materials are commonly used for a modern custom backyard fireplace. Home types that work well with a modern style fireplace include the Cape Cod, modern and minimalist architectural design.
- SOUTHWESTERN – Now it might seem strange to talk about Southwestern design here in the northeast, but the southwestern look is becoming very popular nationwide. If you want to know how to build an outdoor fireplace like this, you might need a professional, as it requires a basic structure made from cinder block or other concrete blocking that is then coated with stucco to create an adobe look and feel. Ceramic tiles can be used as an accent around the firebox for an authentic Southwestern style and paired with traditional Southwestern decor to complete the look.
- MEDITERRANEAN – Another style that isn’t typical of New England, but that is being requested by homeowners and designers frequently these days, the Mediterranean style usually uses a very simple structure along with decorative and colorful tiles. Choosing to use a Mediterranean style can really enhance a backyard that is going for an airy, sea-inspired theme with bright and colorful pottery, exotic foliage and cozy seating with lots of cushions, throws and flowing sheer curtains. Transport your Foxborough outdoor living to a Mediterranean island and take a vacation in your own backyard!
How to Build an Outdoor Fireplace in Southeastern Massachusetts
Regardless of the style of custom backyard fireplace you choose to use for your Foxborough outdoor living project, it is important to choose the best materials available. J&J Materials has locations in Seekonk and Bourne, providing delivery services to customers throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is important to choose materials that will complement your new outdoor living space, yet will provide all of the function and long-lasting durability required to increase the return on your investment. If you aren’t sure about which materials would be best for your project, speak with a professional or talk with one of the knowledgeable customer service agents at J&J Materials.
Choose from a wide variety of natural stone materials, manufactured stone products and stone veneer materials that will help you to create the custom backyard fireplace of your dreams in the style and design you desire. Understand that outdoor fireplace materials need to be able to resist exposure to the weather conditions here in the South Coast area, as well as be able to stand up to the high temperatures of the fireplace itself. Other things to consider would be how easy the materials are to clean so you will be able to hose off ashes, soot and other dirt that can accumulate on an outdoor fireplace.
J&J Materials can help you choose the best stone veneer materials, products and supplies to enhance your Foxborough outdoor living space, from fireplaces to patios, built-in outdoor kitchens to water features and much more. Give us a call today to get a quote on prices for our custom backyard fireplace kits or to find out more about how to build an outdoor fireplace right here in Southeastern Massachusetts.