Have you been searching for a way to change the way your deck or patio looks? Have you considered an open-air room? If so, then an outdoor fire pit or freestanding, pot-bellied fireplace called a chiminea can create a cozy, warm room that you can enjoy even in the harshest winter conditions.
Fire Pits Can Be Used Anywhere and Bring A Beautiful Look To Any Home
The great thing about fire pits is they are great gathering places. A fire pit or fire ring is a great way to enjoy the outdoors year round and gather friends and family.
Fire pits are so good because you can put them anywhere you want – patio, deck or a sheltered courtyard. In simple terms, wherever your group of friends want to hang out, you can move your fit pit to.
Another great thing about fit pits is that they make most any landscape design look flawless. The reason is that they can be found in an array of natural materials:
- Colored concrete
By getting a style that’s similar to your home’s look, you can easily blend it into the existing landscape and give it a relaxed look.
Not only do they come in various materials, they can be found in different designs and shapes – traditional rock fire pits and fire pit tables, to name a couple.
Along with that, you can use the fuel that’s right for you:
- Gel and bio ethanol
- Natural gas
- Wood substitutes
10 Helpful Tips To Remember To Get The Most Use Out Of Your Fire Pit Safely
- Be sure the fire pit is in level, stable ground
- Fire pits need to be placed as far back from combustible materials as they can be
- Use well-seasoned, dry firewood
- Hardwoods like ash, hickory, madrone and maple provide a cleaner burn than softwoods like cedar, fir and pine
- If you want smoke-free burning, go with natural gas
- Use wood substitutes like compressed sawdust-comprised logs or wax-based logs to decrease the possibility for sparks and pollution
- Compressed logs can be comprised of molasses, recycled coffee grounds and some wax, which provides a taller, natural flame with a slight sweet scent to it (not a chemical one)
- Make sure you observe fire ordinances; never use fire pits on windy days or days that have been designed no-burn days
- Always have a garden hose or fire extinguisher handy
- Do not ever leave your fire pit unattended or overfill it
Why Should You Choose A Fire Pit
When you live in an apartment or condo, having a log fire is next to impossible. However, a gel-fueled fire pit makes it possible for you to have a “fire” on your patio. They’re also ideal for patios, porches, decks, gazebos and balconies due to their “no mess, no fuss” feature. They are a great way to have a fire whenever you want.
So, sit back, have a cook-out, roast some marshmallows and gab around the fire pit. Or, just make it a romantic night out, extending those warmer months just a little longer.
Hardscaping stands for non-living or hard elements, which includes walkways, decks or even ornamental features.
Hardscaping in Garden Design
Hardscapes could be informal or formal, according the preference, style of one’s home and landscape’s surroundings. In hardscaping, textural options should be considered carefully and is given a lot of importance. However, using a single texture can dull the area and make it lifeless. Even so, cluttering with textures can leave it unattractive and crowded.
So how to work out a balance? It is a good idea to go with no more than 2 – 3 textures or hardscape materials. The ones you choose must be appealing to the eyes and compliment and complete the exteriors of your home. Also, consider the drainage system in place, when you are deciding on hardscape elements.
When you plan well, hardscape gardening improves the appeal of your home, not reduce or impair it.
Popular Hardscape Features
Besides decks, patios, driveways and even outside structures, hardscaping options are many.
Also, having walls that include concrete blocks, rocks, railroad tiles or the like are often picked as hardscape features.
Finding hardscaping features like stone or wooden steps or other edging materials within the hardscape garden design isn’t uncommon.
Other Hardscaping Ideas
When picking hardscape features for your home, their purpose and how they will compliment your home’s theme should be considered. Every landscape will need hardscape elements that are meant for a purpose – the purpose you need them for.
For example: You can pick shredded tires for play areas, as they’re soft for kids to play and come in different colors. On the other hand, entertainment or dining areas may need a patio or deck that can hold tables and chairs.
You should also consider backdrops and accessories when picking hardscaping features, as they’re very important part of design elements. For example, a cozy bench can lighten a sitting garden and also offer a cozy seating arrangement.
Water features, ornamental or statuary, can also be considered as hardscape elements.
Using backdrops like fences can be added to your hardscaping plans, as can come in handy as gardening aid for climbers.
Bark, pebbles or even mulch are considered hardscape.
Hardscape landscaping is not very difficult. Planning is all it takes and you could compliment and complete any surroundings and improve the appearance of your yard and home.