There are certain features, upgrades, and additions that can significantly increase the value of your Asheville home, especially those that are constructed with natural stone. Whether you plan to sell your home soon and want to get a great price, or you just want to make sure that its value keeps increasing while you live there, stone hardscapes in your outdoor area are a great way to go.
If your plan is to be there for a while, it’s important to add features that will bring your family enjoyment and use. One such hardscape feature is an outdoor stone fireplace. It’s a structure that you, your family, and friends can make great use of during cool evenings of fall and cold winter days. Not only will you enjoy using the fireplace, it will also increase the value of your home.
How Expensive is a Stone Fireplace?
One of the first concerns homeowners have when considering making changes to their home is how much it’s going to cost, and that’s a valid concern. Some home improvements are large investments and it’s hard to gauge the return. The cost of a stone fireplace varies widely depending on several factors about your specific hardscaping.
The first factor that will impact the cost is where you are going to have the fireplace installed. The more difficult it is to get to the area and prepare it, the higher the cost will be. The complexity of the design is also a factor. If you want intricate patterns or sharp angles for your outdoor fireplace, it’s going to cost more than simpler designs. The material that you choose may have the largest impact on the cost. Using natural stone as your material will be a bigger investment than some other materials you may be considering. However, the overall appearance of the fireplace, its durability, and low maintenance requirements will easily make up the difference in the long run.
What Are the Benefits of Adding an Outdoor Stone Fireplace?
Outdoor fireplaces are one of the most popular hardscaping features that homeowners want, and soon-to-be homeowners look for when house hunting. Having one installed will raise the value of your home and beautify the outdoor living space. But that’s not all. Here are some of the benefits besides increased home value, that you will enjoy with a natural stone backyard fireplace:
- Gathering area – Get-togethers and parties will automatically have a gathering area around the fireplace, without you having to do anything other than lighting a fire. Sitting around the fire, talking, laughing, toasting marshmallows, or drinking hot chocolate will add to the fun of the get-together.
- Enhanced appearance – A natural stone fireplace will enhance any outdoor area. There are many types of stones, sizes, and colors you can choose from for your fireplace. With this variety, you are sure to find just what you’re looking for. Additionally, when you work with an experienced installer, you will find that you have a lot of options from their portfolio when it comes to the overall look of the fireplace.
- Durability and low maintenance – Natural stone is very durable. That means that it ages well, and you won’t have to worry about having a lot of maintenance issues. Unlike concrete or cement, natural stone doesn’t require frequent cleaning and sealing. Cleaning natural stone and mortar joints, if necessary, is much simpler, often requiring only gentle scrubbing with soap and water to keep moss from growing in the joints and weakening them. (of course, you will have to clean the inside of soot and ashes).
- More living space – Having hardscapes like decks, patios, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens can essentially extend your living space outside of the walls of your home. It’s like adding usable square footage to your house.
The benefits of a natural stone fireplace can more than pay for the investment of having it installed. You’ll be able to enjoy it while you live there and capitalize on it if you decide to sell your home.
Ambrose Landscapes Can Help Increase the Value of Your Home
At Ambrose Landscapes, we love to design and install natural stone fireplaces for homeowners because it adds beauty and function to their outdoor space. We have experienced designers and stoneworkers who can help you bring the perfect natural stone fireplace to life for your backyard, patio, or deck – one that you’ll benefit from both now and in the future.