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June 5, 2013
Whether it's indoors or outdoors, for practical use or aesthetics, a fireplace is a great addition to any home. Check out six creative versions of the tried-and-true heating system, and our fireplace pinboard of the day.
Modern outdoor fireplace area with wooden benches

The outdoor fireplace of the Balcones house designed by Elizabeth Alford keeps dining al fresco available year round. Photo by Brent Humphreys.

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To avoid a space-hogging fireplace, Johnson recommended a Bathyscafocus by Focus Creations. Hiller took the suggestion and now enjoys the warmth of a fireplace and the full square footage of her living room.

To avoid a space-hogging fireplace, architect Michael P. Johnson recommended a Bathyscafocus by Focus Creations for the Hiller House. Hiller took the suggestion and now enjoys the warmth of a fireplace and the full square footage of her living room. Photo by Bjorn Wallander.

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Open gas fireplace.

The living room and dining room were originally separated by a central fireplace, which interior designer Nicole Hollis removed to create this great room. She installed a custom eight-foot-long open gas fireplace in the living room (equipped with sensors that automatically turn it off when someone gets too near to the flames). Photo by Ben Mayorga.

Originally appeared in Pacific Heights Remodel
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Free standing fireplace/wall unit.

Though technically all one space, the living room, dining room, and kitchen are separated by the double-sided fireplace. When the couple stays at the house, they enjoy relaxing, reading, walking, snowshoeing, and, in summer, swimming in the pool. Photo by Tom Arban.

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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 living room fireplace, with bird on the antique French spit.

At the Orchard House, a bird turns on the antique French spit in the living room fireplace. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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Outdoor fireplace.

Seated on Philippe Starck's outdoor chairs for Kartell, homeowners Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman take in the warmth from the freestanding fireplace at their Two Black Sheds retreat on Wisconsin's Madeline Island.

Originally appeared in Seven Great Outdoor Spaces
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Modern outdoor fireplace area with wooden benches

The outdoor fireplace of the Balcones house designed by Elizabeth Alford keeps dining al fresco available year round. Photo by Brent Humphreys.

Photo by Brent Humphreys.

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