Well known for their excellent capabilities as retaining walls, outdoor seating and garden bed fencing, gabion baskets actually have a range of other uses that solidify their position as one of the most versatile features of your backyard. Gabion basket fireplaces are an excellent choice for any property, able to house wood burning fires and ovens of all sizes and styles! If you’re considering the installation of a fireplace in your home, then it’s time to look at design – and we’ve come up with a guide to create the perfect design for your tastes.
One of the best things about gabion baskets is their versatility. Not only do they have a huge range of uses, they also have an almost endless supply of materials that can be used to fill them. Hard, durable materials, like stones or bricks generally work best for outdoor use, but it does come down to personal preference. The material you choose should complement your outdoor space – for example, deep grey bluestone is ideal for a contemporary home, whilst a golden-brown slate could work perfectly within a rural property.
If you’re designing a feature for your home, it’s important that you consider the space it will be built into, and that may determine how big or small you make it. For example, a small courtyard may not be the best location for a three-meter-tall open fire– indeed, it may even create too much heat! Alternatively, if you’re planning on heating a large al fresco area with one small fireplace, then you and your family may be shivering through outdoor dinners.
A fire can perform a number of functions in a number of ways, and you’ll need to decide on the best option for your home. An open fire is a great option if you’re looking for a place to toast marshmallows in fair weather, whilst a glass fronted fire can be used no matter how windy it gets. Alternatively, you could even choose a design that allows you to cook food, with a wood fired oven!
Building the shell of gabion baskets fireplaces is incredibly easy and can be filled in the space of a single weekend. However, including a fireplace in your design will require you to call in the help of the professionals. Unless you’re a particularly proficient DIYer and you’re opting for the open fire route, then a glass fronted fireplace will require specialised installation. Contact our team, and we’ll be able to point you in the direction of our favourite companies for the job!
Gabion basket fireplaces can be a great addition for any property, from perfectly manicured gardens to informal, rustic settings. With the right designs and materials, you can build an excellent feature that heats your al fresco entertaining area, creating a space that everyone can enjoy.