An outdoor fire pit or fireplace is a great way to transform your exterior landscape or patio space into an enjoyable backyard retreat. Deciding which hearth better suits your home’s surroundings may depend on your landscape, and what you intend on using it for. These outdoor fire-fuelled features will supply your family and party guests with warmth, light, and a stylishly soothing ambiance.
Before deciding on which fireside style you would like for your garden, it is important to consider a handful of questions first:
- How many people will be utilizing your fire feature at any given time?
A fire pit brings a campfire-esque feel to your backyard while being able to enjoy the fire “in the round,” which is perfect when you plan on entertaining large groups of friends. On the other hand, a fireplace better suits a smaller number of people due to the way it creates a cozier, more intimate setting.
- What is your current landscaping?
Fire pits are low to the ground and will not obstruct the view of the prior work that has been done to your yard. Keep in mind that you should position the fire pit in an area that gives you a view of your landscaping, while also making sure it that you are still able to enjoy it when windy conditions are present. Fireplaces are great ways to create a focal point for your yard and can be customized to offer protection from the wind.
- Are you worried about the smoke, or do you feel unsafe around an open flame?
Always be aware of your environs when enjoying a fire pit. Wind could send smoke towards you and your guests, and loose embers can become dislodged and fall into the surrounding area. A fireplace directs the smoke away from you and is less likely to send flying embers. It also keeps the fire enclosed if having an open flame makes you nervous.
Fire pits and fireplaces hold several benefits when they are installed in your backyard. Both of these fire features are the perfect setting for a pleasant gathering with friends or family, where you can create an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy, even on chilly nights. You also create a relaxing backyard setting if you just want to enjoy the starry night sky, or if you want to cook outside on your fire pit. Fire features can also increase the value of your home and are therefore a highly effective selling point for homebuyers.