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When the sunscreen stops flowing and the kiddos head back to school, it means the gorgeous transition from summer to fall is coming — a time when we can truly appreciate Mother Nature and enjoy the outdoors. The best way to make use of this natural canvas is to create amazing outdoor spaces. Residential outdoor living areas provide clever respites to take in panoramic views, cool spots to entertain guests and inspirational design to satisfy the creative eye.

Family-owned Bishop Hearth & Home, with locations in Memphis and Nashville, has helped create some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces we’ve seen. The company builds and installs stunning fireplaces, as well as supplies high-end products like grills, appliances, heaters, outdoor furniture and more for outdoor projects. The company creates outdoor spaces that are not only stunning and practical for homeowners and their guests, but these transitional spaces increase a home’s value and make it a must-see for potential buyers.

“My favorite thing to add when updating a space is definitely a fireplace,” says William Ware of Bishop Hearth & Home. “Fireplaces tend to draw families and friends together during the cool months, and they make any space feel cozy and comfortable.”

Take a look at three amazing outdoor spaces that William and the Bishop Hearth & Home team helped create, and use them to inspire your own space. Plus check out some tips and tricks to employ when sprucing up your own outdoor living area.

Outdoor Space #1: Cool and Clean

Located in the Belle Meade neighborhood of East Memphis, this home’s outdoor living space is a testament to clean lines, cool colors and an airy look. This indoor/outdoor room shows off how to bridge practical needs with aesthetic value, using natural lines from the skylights and stone floor to create a calm, inviting room.

Caroline Smith, a Memphis interior designer, created this space with the help of Bishop Hearth & Home, builder Tommy Barnes and architect, Mark McClure as a welcoming space for guests. The stone fireplace (and heaters) not only offers a way to utilize this room year-round but also acts as a lovely focal point.

“One of the newest and more popular items people want are the infrared heaters that we sell from Infratech,” says William. “They are perfect for outdoor living spaces. They allow you to utilize those outdoor spots during the colder months of the year when a fire just isn’t enough to keep you comfortable. They are also great for those months where it isn’t quite cold enough for a fire, or the nights where you are too lazy to build one, to add some warmth to the space.”

Natural light is a key way to open up a space, especially when it comes to a room that celebrates the great outdoors. By keeping the color palette in cool whites, blues, grays and neutrals, the room seamlessly connects with the surrounding vegetation.

Consider all seasons when designing an outdoor space — cooling fans for those sweaty, sticky summer months, and infrared heaters for winter’s icy touch.

These wooden lounge chairs create the complement to the linear design of this Memphis home’s outdoor space. The rectangular stone tile, shiplap ceiling and geometric furniture work together for a calming, cool flow.

In addition to this stunning fireplace with brick and stone façade, Bishop Hearth & Home provided additional fireplaces throughout the house.

Elevate the design of your outdoor space with unexpected surprises, like sliding barn doors. These white doors offer laid-back privacy without taking up any additional space.

Outdoor Space #2: Home Is Where the Heart Is

If home is where the heart is, anyone who visits this comfy Memphis house must fall in love with it every time. Also located in Belle Meade, this family home is the ultimate space to host a crowd. With gatherings being hosted at their home, this outdoor space must be able to withstand a big group ready to watch a game, enjoy a barbecued feast or just hang under the stars.

The cool slate patio offers a great (and durable) contrast to the warmer hues of the teak and wicker furniture and brick and wood planks. The space is split up into sections, with the exposed furniture manufactured from weather-resistant materials to ensure it lasts.

With the help of builder, Tommy Byrnes and architect, Charles Shipp, Bishop Hearth & Home created much of the eye-catching elements to this outdoor area, including the fireplace, heaters, grills, appliances and furniture. Providing a gamut of such high-end products and pieces naturally creates a comfortable, luxurious space that anyone would want to spend time in. Make sure to think of the user experience, any time of year, when designing or redesigning your outdoor space.

Elegant teak furniture, like this set from Kingsley Bate, beautifully withstands exposure to water and other elements.

The beverage center, by True Residential, keeps drinks cold, beautifully stored and always at the ready when an unexpected party erupts. Bishop Hearth & Home also brought in a FireMagic gas grill as well as a ceramic smoker/charcoal grill by Primo.

Traditional outdoor materials like wicker present a lovely juxtaposition to modern elements, like LED elements and modern appliances. “The grill and fridge do have LED lights, which are very sleek and not overpowering,” adds William.

Outdoor Space #3: Comfortable Drama

Located in Normandy Park, a gated neighborhood in East Memphis’s River Oaks, this outdoor space features dramatic high ceilings with massive windows that overlook the surrounding greenery. Making use of year-round views is crucial when creating an inviting yet dramatic outdoor space living area.

When designing a tall space, it’s important to consider every square inch, from floor to ceiling. Builder, Ken Garland and architect, Charles Shipp worked with Bishop Hearth & Home to make this possible. Any guests visiting this screened porch get the luxe treatment with both heaters and fans installed above for year-round comfort. And nothing brings people more comfort than a cozy fireplace, installed by Bishop Hearth & Home, and a mounted flatscreen TV.

Multiple zones provide a variety of options for guests to mingle and cavort — a dining table set for those enjoying food cooked on the FireMagic gas grill and the Primo ceramic smoker, or lounge furniture for those more interested in schmoozing or watching the game.

Bishop Hearth & Home installed the fireplace, gas logs, heaters and grills for this gorgeous Normandy Park home.

Every inch of this screened porch has been designed with the homeowners’ and their guests’ needs considered. The dramatic high ceiling features effective infrared heaters and fans for a comfortable experience all year long.

There are fireplaces, and then there are Bishop Hearth & Home fireplaces. The sculptural details of the mantel are a delightful treat when enjoying this outdoor space.

The homeowners have their built-in FireMagic gas grill and Primo ceramic smoker set under a custom vent hood in order to eliminate grill smoke in a cleverly designed way.

Bishop Hearth & Home has two locations in Tennessee: 1948 Vanderhorn Drive, Memphis, TN 38134 with hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Reach the Nashville location by calling (901) 384-0070.

This article is sponsored by Bishop Hearth & Home. All photography provided by Bishop Hearth & Home.

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