If you’re thinking of adding an outdoor fire pit, here are five quick tips to consider before you get started.
1. Location, Location, Location!
For safety and security, an outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from the house and shouldn’t be placed on your wooden deck. Some communities have specific requirements about placement in relationship to the house, so check your local city or county website for details.
Next, map out the space you’ll need for the fire pit itself. Outdoor fire pits are generally anywhere between 18 and 48 inches in diameter. You’ll need space for people to sit comfortably around the fire, but remember that people tend to back away from the fire as time progresses. Plan for an additional six to eight feet of space for chairs and movement.
2. All About That Base
Outdoor fire pits come in all kinds of shapes and sizes these days, but they boil down to three base styles:
An actual fire pit is dug into the ground and completed in any of several different finishes (more on that below). These are obviously permanent structures, so plan your backyard layout accordingly.
Coffee table fire pits resemble low tables and, when not in use, they can be covered and used as an actual table.
Raised bowls bring a stylish, artistic element to the space. Whether metal or concrete, deep or shallow, these simple components can be customized for exactly the look you want.
3. Find a Fabulous Finish
You’ll have a lot of choices in terms of materials for your new outdoor fire pit. First, decide whether a mobile or stationary unit is best for your space and the way you entertain.
Mobile fire pits are great when you have the space to move the party, depending on the weather or the view at a particular time of the year. They’re also a great way to try out a fire pit before you invest in a more permanent structure.
Mobile fire pits are almost exclusively made of metal, but can be found with accents and finishes for traditional or contemporary design styles. Rust, patina or paint can be leveraged to customize the look for your particular taste.
Stationary fire pits offer a custom look, and actually become a part of the architecture of the house. Choose a finish that complements the exterior of your home and the outdoor furniture youâll be using.
Stone finishes that resemble slate, natural stone, limestone or even pavers are a safe and solid choice that works well with traditional or transitional spaces. Concrete bowls are trending these days, and look great in more contemporary spaces with an eco-friendly design.
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