Ahh, summer! The season of swim parties, barbecues, campfires, and making s’mores. While a wood deck with a barbecue is great for summer, it can get mighty chilly during the fall and winter. If entertaining is your thing and you want to keep it going all year-round, consider installing an outdoor fire pit. A fire pit can extend backyard use through the fall and winter, making your backyard an entertaining hotspot for much longer than the short summer months that go by all too quickly.
There are numerous things to consider when adding a fire pit to your Maryland home, and fortunately, Rhine Landscaping is happy to help you weigh the pros and cons.
- How much do you want to spend? Costs can range greatly from a self-dug fire pit with minimal seating area to a lavish outdoor fire pit with plenty of seating to go around and keep your guests comfortably cushioned
- Do you want a fire pit that draws people to one spot or a fire pit that goes where the party goes? You can choose between a permanent fire pit that is built-in using materials that match your garden or house or a portable fire pit that comes in a variety of materials. Regardless of which way you choose, it is important to use proper stones and materials to keep your fire safely under control. Consider proportion: you want your pit to have room for seating and circulation while not overwhelming your entire outdoor property.
- Where to set it up? Many communities require a minimum of a 10-foot distance from your house and neighbor’s yards. Check with local officials before you do anything: Rhine Landscaping can also walk you through some of the basics of installing a fire pit in many Maryland neighborhoods, as we have over 20 years of landscaping experience and almost a century of farming experience.
- How do you get that just right feeling to make your fire pit fit your every mood and party theme all year round? Consider installing outdoor lighting near the pit. Make it subtle enough to play off the firelight while keeping it lit enough so your guests can leave the flashlights at home. Remember, you want the campfire mood without the “in the middle of the woods” aspect! Think about the kind of seating you want around the pit – do you want Adirondack chairs? Or long benches and cushions that lean up against another layer of the fire pit?
If it seems like there is a lot to think about when looking to install a fire pit outdoors, don’t fret. Rhine Landscaping is happy to walk you through it all! Give us a call at 410-442-2445 or visit our site at http://rhinelandscaping.com.