Even though the days are warm now and a fire is out of the question, cooler nights will be here before you know it. Adding a fire feature to the landscape helps add value in many ways, but mostly so you can continue to enjoy sitting outside even into the late fall. However, which fire feature would be best?
Fire pits are ideal for chatting around the fire. They come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, but they typically look best when installed in a way that you can put lots of seating around them for the perfect place to gather. Plus, they can be installed in a variety of ways: in-ground, above ground, or portable. If you do want to move the firepit around to different areas of your patio, then getting one that can be moved would be best. It’s all a matter of the space you have and how you want it designed. The right landscaping experts can help you navigate the ideal design.
Fireplaces are ideal for emulating a living room. If you want the ultimate cozy outdoor space, then a fireplace will be perfect for creating a living room-esque design. They can be placed under a pergola to help protect occupants from the elements, and then the seating can be arranged in front of it. The area could also double as a dining space or even outdoor kitchen if space allows. Even without overhead covering, a fireplace on the patio becomes the focal point of your landscape and a cozy place to relax. There are many options on the market, so you can choose the extent of maintenance. A wood fireplace will really give you that warm, crackling fire vibe, but it will need to be cleaned routinely. A gas fireplace won’t need quite as much maintenance.
Fire tables are ideal for a contemporary look. If firepits come across as too “camp-ish” for your taste, then a fire table would be the next best option. They are typically a gas fire so they can be easily controlled and look stylish while maintaining those flames in the middle of the table. They can be used in living areas, dining areas, and/or outdoor kitchen areas to add some warm ambiance and seating. Plus, since they’re typically gas rather than wood, they don’t need a lot of maintenance.
Whether or not you have a clear idea of your landscape goals, Outdoor Innovations can help plan and install the backyard of your dreams. Contact us to start a consultation.