Enjoying Your Fire Pit to the Fullest
As summer is starting to wind down and the back-to-school commercials are on full blast, it can be a reminder that fire pit season is really kicking into high gear. Sure, sitting by the fire is something normally thought of for holiday weekends in the summer and other random summer getaways. If you have your own fire pit, though, late-summer through fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy it! As the temps start to cool and it gets darker a little sooner, the warm glow of a fire is the perfect way to spend an evening.
It's not too late in the season to get a fire pit added to your yard or patio. In this post, we are going to look at a few considerations for new fire pit construction that will help you enjoy your fire pit to the fullest.
Think About the View
If you think your property has a pleasant view, consider placing your fire pit at the edge of the property. This ensures that, while you are enjoying time around your fire pit, you also have the best view of your property along for the ride, making it a really picturesque experience.
Sight Lines from Your Home
In tandem with placing your fire pit for a good view of the property, or instead of doing so, consider placing the fire pit where it can be seen from inside your living room or other entertainment space. This ensures the fire can be seen both inside and out, which is ideal when there is traffic going in and out of the house for whatever reason. This also ensures, for safety reasons, that you can step away from the fire for a moment, if need be, but still keep an eye on it.
Consider Built-In Seating
Yes, you can absolutely pull up some lawn or patio furniture to put around the fire pit. People have been doing it forever. A fire pit with built-in seating, however, means you don't have to move furniture around and that you will always have extra seating for guests. Built-in seating can also help block winds that may cause fires to flare and/or blow smoke in people's faces.
You'll want to place your fire pit a minimum of 10 feet from any structures or other potentially-flammable items on your property. You may also want to consider placing it even further from your home, fences, or shed/garage. Fires can get get hot enough to melt vinyl siding, plastic, and other common construction materials. And even if melting doesn't happen, discoloration can also be a concern.
You'll also want to keep an eye on your trees, which are notoriously flammable. Keep an eye on the tree canopy and hanging branches, which could pose a fire risk. If need be, trim back any branches that could even remotely be considered a hazard.
When it comes to landscape elements, fire pits are relatively low maintenance and offer a certain charm that nothing else can match. There are a number of different design options available, so you can be sure to single out one that perfectly matches your style and budget.
If you are looking to add a beautiful new fire pit to your landscaping, E.P.M. Lawnscape and Supply offers professional landscaping services in the Jackson, MI area. Feel free to contact us online or call us today at (517) 990-0110.