In a Colorado Springs winter, it’s enjoyable to go outside to ski or play in the snow. However, what if you just want to relax outside with friends and enjoy the snowy view? When it’s cold out, relaxing outdoors can seem out of the question, but it’s not as crazy as you would think. When it’s too chilly out to spend some time on your patio, fire features like an outdoor fireplace could be just what you need to warm up your patio space and enjoy it all year long – even on the coldest winter day.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire features are the No. 1 requested design feature for residential properties. There are many things to consider while pondering whether to add fire features to your outdoor space. The design, how it burns, and what you want to use the fire features for can all influence your buying decision.
Fire Pit or Fireplace?
Do you want to gather with friends and sit around a fire and roast marshmallows, or is lounging on a couch in front of the fire more your style? Adding a fire pit to your patio or yard can be a great addition to your area, especially if you already have an outdoor kitchen or ample yard space. Fire pits allow you to host campfires and make s’mores all year long – all in your backyard. Most are round, but they don’t have to be – you can customize yours into a rectangle, squares, and more.
If you want to cuddle up on the couch and unwind in front of the fire, why not take your relaxation outdoors? Outdoor fireplaces can provide a serene experience while letting your family bask in the beauty of a snowy backyard.
No matter what you choose, you will still get to pick a finish that will complement and match your home design. There are multiple options to choose from, including stucco, stone veneer, brick, and more.
If you’re still stuck between choosing a fire pit or a fireplace, take into consideration the size of your patio and the proximity to your gathering areas. For larger gatherings, a fire pit might be the right choice for you. For more intimate or laid back events, the outdoor fireplace could be the best direction.
Choosing Between Wood-Burning or Gas
Once you decide what type of fire feature you want for your landscape, the next decision to make is between wood-burning or gas (natural or propane).
While wood-burning seems like the easiest option for those who already have an existing patio space, you must check with your HOA before making the decision, as some HOAs prohibit these types of fire features. Also, keep in mind the safety precautions that must be taken in order to burn wood. Flying embers can cause grass fires, so avoid burning in windy conditions. It’s important to keep your fires small, and ensure that your fire feature is at least 10 feet away from any structure. Clean up the leaves surrounding your fire feature before you burn, and always be aware of burn bans in the area. Lastly, always be sure that there is a water hose nearby or a water container to completely put out your flame when you are finished.
Running natural gas can also be an easy solution to fueling your fire features. Natural gas is an easier option for those with new homes, but a liquid propane tank can work for those who can’t run a natural gas line.
If you decide to use gas, you can still give your fire features a campfire look by adding ceramic logs. If more of a modern style is what you’re aiming for, you can use beautiful fireglass.
Outdoor fire features are a great way to enjoy your yard in winter – and they can be just as cozy in the summer as well. For more information on fire features and how they can be installed in your outdoor space, contact us.
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