Cozy Brick Porch Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, this exterior fireplace is covered with stucco. This touch not only distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls, but it also makes a focal point. The hearth is raised for additional seating. Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, it provides a nook for firewood. A gas starter takes the hit-or-miss process out of starting a blaze.