Summer may be winding down, but you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy your pool and even make a few improvements. Late summer is a great time to add one of nature’s basic elements to your backyard: fire. The sky is the limit for adding fire features. You can do it yourself or hire a professional landscaper. Plus, adding a fire feature fulfills the basic element of good design, it offers form and function – it’s useful and it looks good.
A fire’s glow also brings people together and helps create lasting memories. It will help extend outdoor activities when cool weather arrives.
Most fire features typically use propane or natural gas, but you can opt for a wood-burning fire feature. Depending on how you want to use a fire feature, here’s some pros and cons:
More than a Pit
Once you’ve settled the gas or wood debate, consider going beyond the traditional fire pit.
Conversation pieces like fire tables are all the rage today in outdoor living spaces. Coffee table height options can offer the best setting and function for outdoor entertaining and comfort. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes from round to square and rectangular. Adding colored glass accents is an option that adds color and creates brilliance.
Sleek and modern fire pots are extremely versatile; they’re perfect for large or small spaces. Use them as a focal point or accent in outdoor living area designs.
Fire pots are available in a wide variety of materials including copper, stainless steel and powder-coated steel. It should be easy to find one in a perfect material fit for different backyard styles. They can set on the ground, or on top of a post, table or wall, of course following manufacturers installation requirements for safety.
Water and Fire Bowls
Water integrated with fire creates fascinating aquatic design features that add elegance and sophistication to any outdoor space. Water and fire bowls combine soothing water and fiery brilliance into a single feature.
You’ll find them in elaborate artisan designs to standard options, with a wide variety of price points; they’re an easy choice that fits almost all budgets.
While you’re at it, why not add a few fire features? Fire adds a warm and welcoming element that people of all ages enjoy.
Parts of this article was adapted from the original published by Owen Sweeney for Mom’s Design Build in February 22, 2017