Fire is an invigorating element that conjures up images of danger, warmth and, best of all, delicious food. With so much versatility, you can easily make fire an integral part of your garden by incorporating modern elements with a natural campfire feel. There are a number of design elements you can add to your garden that highlight fire and create functional, beautiful spaces, making your garden the number one place to be.
Circular features surrounding a fireplace emulate the outdoorsy campfire feeling, but you can add a modern twist (and do away with the uncomfortable camp chairs!). Designing around your fireplace makes it the centre of attention and creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Fires are notoriously cosy and creating a space where guests can sit and relax makes these design elements that much more inviting. Make sure you have a lot of seating around your fire.
Well-designed fireplaces not only look great in a garden, but double as a multi-functional space. Placing a table and chairs nearby will allow you and your guests to enjoy your meals straight from the fire
Integrating storage spaces into your design to showcase firewood brings the natural elements back to your space and creates a designated area for something that would otherwise be hidden away.
Another way to include nature is to add plants to the space, to make sure the built-in feature doesn’t contrast too much with its natural surroundings.
No matter which way you use it, fire is always a great addition to any garden. Take the time to make a functional space beautiful while blending it with the rest of your garden by creating a well designed fire feature.
For the full fire design article, read the 2019 issue of the Let’s Braai magazine and Kom Ons Braai tydskrif, on shelves from 18 November 2019.