About 3 million outdoor firepits/fireplaces are installed every year in North America according to the Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association, as part of an overall trend toward more extensive outdoor living spaces”
Reinforcing this growing popularity is the results from a recent Residential Landscape Architecture trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that fire pits are the 3rd most popular outdoor feature after lighting and dining.
“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”
When considering a firepit you can expect to see a range of costs – from a few hundred dollars for a small portable fire pit that will last for a few years, to a few thousand for a luxurious fire pit that makes an architectural statement and will be a permanent feature of your home. There are also several fuel options for your fire pit – such as natural gas, propane or ethanol (bio fuel).
The convenience of natural gas or propane gas fire pits are well known. In many communities wood burners are either not allowed or banned during many parts of the year that you would probably want to be outside by a fire. The mess a wood burner creates can be substantial.
Other considerations include non combustible clearances to overhangs, the amount of heat you may or may not need and how your outdoor seating may interact with the firepit.
Like fireplaces, there are numerous questions about firepits and a Solus Decor Design Consultant would be happy to assist you with your project.
Are you ready to create the outdoor space of your dreams but not sure where to start nor which kind of fire pit you desire? Don’t worry! We have compiled 8 questions that will greatly help you narrow down the choices so you can have the fire pit of your dreams in time for summer!
1) Will your fire pit be used more for entertaining or creating a cozy, campfire feel for your home? If more for entertainment, then we would suggest a fire pit that will create an exciting ambiance for your guests like our Firetable or Elevated Halo. An additional benefit to them is that they have flat surfaces ideal for placing food and drinks. If it is more for a cozy, warm feel, then we would suggest a Hemi firebowl as they kick out a surprising amount of heat and will create that perfect, campfire feel for your outdoor living space.
2) What kind of outdoor furniture seating will you have? If you will have sectionals or outdoor sofas but not a lot of space, then we would suggest a square shaped fire pit like our Elevated Halo, Firetable and Fire Trough. However, if you have a large outdoor space, then you would also be able to place individual chairs around an Elevated Halo. If you will have individual chairs or large shaped chairs, than a round fire pit like our Hemi firebowl would be best suited.
3) How big is your outdoor space? Generally speaking, Hemi firebowls and Firecube are more accommodating to smaller spaces and square shaped fire pits for larger spaces.
Smaller space: Hemi 26″ firebowl, Firecube
Medium space: Elevated Halo 36″, Hemi 36″ firebowl, Firebox
4) Do you wish to have more of a contemporary or traditional look? Both the style of your home and the space available will depict which collection would be better. In general, if you live in more of a contemporary or modern home with flat roofs, concrete floors or high ceilings, our Halo collection fits beautifully with this style. This said, the Hemi collection can also work well depending on the space allotted. If you have more of a traditional home with ornate décor, rod iron fences or awnings, our Hemi collection would probably be a better fit although the Elevated Halo collection can also work (as you’ll see below).
5) Are you looking for an architectural feature? If you are looking for a fire pit to make a statement and not so much for the heat factor, then we would suggest our beautiful new Spire, our Halo or Firecubes lined in a row. Our Hemi collection can also be stunning.
7) Will there be any combustible materials nearby?
Awnings, wooden furniture, planters? These might depict the size and style of the fire pit you choose. We suggest that you check the minimum distance towards any combustible materials nearby where you wish to place the fire pit and call us for more assistance on this matter to help you set up a safe fire pit living experience.
8) Which fuel source will you use: Natural Gas, Propane or Biofuel? These won’t depict the type of fire pit per se, but more so determine where the fire pit could be placed. If you have a natural gas line already in place, this might determine the placement of the fire pit, and thus what shape would fit best near the gas line. If you are using propane, then you will have more flexibility as to where you could place the fire pit and thus will have more choices for the style.
Designing your outdoor space should almost be as exciting as enjoying the finished result. Should you feel it has become daunting, let our design team experts help you get the best result for your space. Don’t ever hesitate to call and talk with our friendly team – 1 877 255 3146.