Including a fire element in your backyard renovation

14 March, 2014

If you are looking to add a dramatic feature to your backyard retreat, consider including a fire element in your design. This feature will act as a focal point in your yard, and invites family and guests to gather and relax, dine and converse around it on those long summer evenings. Here are some things to keep in mind as you transform your yard into the ultimate getaway:

Fireplace, pit or bowl?
Depending on your style and the layout of your patio or backyard, you have several options when deciding how to design your outdoor fireplace. Fire bowls are one great feature that instantly add warmth and style to your space. Fire bowls are an easy addition because they don't require much remodeling. If you opt for a built-in fireplace, you can choose between different styles to reflect the theme of your home, like traditional or rustic, and it will serve to anchor your outdoor room. Fire pits are another fantastic option because you can customize them out of any stone you like, and quickly create a gathering place for friends and family.

Wood or gas?
There are benefits to different kinds of outdoor fireplaces. A wood-burning fireplace emits that cozy, campfire scent, and lets you and your family roast snacks over the flames. Arrange your beautifully designed patio sofa or sectional so you and your family can enjoy the view. Wood-burning fireplaces are easier to install than gas-burning ones. Check to make sure your area doesn't have any environmental restrictions preventing wood burning. However, gas fireplaces are easier to use, and if you and your family plan to spend time outside, gas may be the way to go.

Increase your home's appeal
The addition of a fire pit or bowl to your deck or patio space will instantly boost the resale value of your home. If you are considering selling your home in the future, this is a great way to attract people. Children can group around the fire and roast marshmallows. Adults can relax next to warm embers on a brisk night. Accent your space with an elegant outdoor dining set, and you will have created a spot no one can resist!

Fire safety
Another very important element to keep in mind when you're planning to include a fire feature in your backyard remodel is fire safety. Remember to plan for a fireproof ground covering or flooring to protect you while you enjoy the view. Also, be sure to clear a wide area around the pit or bowl, making sure fencing, planting and even the side of your home will not get too close to the flames.