Materials for Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

In Fall on March 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Written by admin
Now that the spring season has finally arrived, it is time to set your sights on enjoying your landscape.  While the plants and shrubs  in your landscape can add much natural beauty to your home, the hardscape features such as fireplaces and fire pits provide an area for social gatherings to relax and enjoy being outside on a cool Chicago night.  Fireplaces and fire pits are typically part of a larger landscape feature such as a patio or outdoor kitchen and they can be built in different types of stone or brick for a wide range of different looks.  The following is guide for choosing the right materials for your outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Fireplace or Fire Pit? The first step towards choosing the material for a fireplace or fire pit is to decide whether a fireplace or a fire pit would work better in your landscape.  Fireplaces are typically part of larger features such as outdoor kitchens and they are a main focal point of a landscape.  If you are looking for the fireplace to be a major focus or part of a larger existing feature, then that might be a better option.  Fire pits are a simpler option that can stand alone in a landscape and they take less space than a fireplace.  If you are looking for a simple solution that does not take the focus from the rest of the landscape, then a fire pit may be your better option. Stone Fireplaces and Fire Pits One option for the materials of an outdoor fireplace or fire pit is stone.  Stone is a very durable option for fire pits or fireplaces and they are available in several types and colors to create a unique look to match your home and the rest of your landscape.  The stone types that are most commonly used for outdoor fire pits and fireplaces include bluestone, flagstone, limestone, and rubble stone.  Each of these stone types com in different colors and textures to create a unique or interesting look and they are durable through cold weather so they can be used in the fall and winter. Brick Fireplaces and Fire Pits Brick is another option for building an outdoor fire pit or fireplace in your lawn.  Brick landscape features such as fire pits or fireplaces can boost the value of your home and brick is also one of the most durable materials you can use especially for fireplaces because they can retain heat.  Another advantage of brick fireplaces and fire pits is that they are quite versatile in their design options.  Brick fireplaces and fire pits can be built in virtually any shape and size to fit in with the surrounding features of the landscape and they are available in a wide range of colors including red, tan, gray, brown, and white among others. If you are considering adding a fireplace or fire pit to your landscape this spring, make sure to decide whether your landscape would be better served by a fireplace or fire pit and then choose between brick or stone material before beginning the installation.  There are a variety of stone and brick options to create a range of different looks and professional landscapers such as those at Green T Landscaping can help you choose a material and install a fireplace or fire pit that works in your lawn.  Contact Green T Landscaping to get started on the design for your new fireplace or fire pit. Comment »
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