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1. A vertical focal point. The classic chimney elevates the eye.
2. Structure and definition. The addition of a fireplace can provide structure and definition to an otherwise open pergola.
In some circumstances, a stand-alone fireplace is enough to anchor a room.
3. Light and warmth. In addition to physical warmth, fireplaces add a dramatic light and a welcoming invitation to a space. In this garden, the visual warmth of the fireplace is enhanced by applying strategic lighting to the fiery leaves of the trees that flank its chimney. I would happily put on a sweater to enjoy the cozy warmth of this patio.