Well I searched all over the internet looking into options into doing a outdoor Fireplace next to my patio/pool. I couldn't find any real direction to get going on it.
Talked to my landscaper about my vision...$4,800! I just couldn't see spending that (was budgeting half that). So the excessive price talked me into trying to do it myself.
I found a nice site Backyardflare.com, they will sell you plans to build your own fireplace...all for $35. Seemed like a great place to start. I found a plan the wife and I agreed on and ordered them up. I can honestly say, it is pretty easy to build these things once you have a step by step break down. I actually modified the plans a bit on the fly and it turned out pretty good.
If your a handy guy this is something you could tackle easily.
Costs so far:
-Concrete pad with Rebarb $400
-Supplies from Lowes $500
-Firebrick from Brickyard $100
-Travertine for Caps and accents $250
-Stucco from Contractor ~$300ish
Total: ~$1,500...saved $3k!!!!