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Can a fire pit add value to your home?

Solus Hemi 36 Firebowl Photo credit: Houston Landscaping
Solus Hemi 36 Firebowl Photo credit: Houston Landscaping

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.

Give us a call at 1+ (877) 255-3146 or visit our firepit gallery at www.solusdecor.co.uk/photos/

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Survey says: Fire pits rated top outdoor living feature

It should come as no surprise that more and more consumers are opting for outdoor landscapes that are both relaxing yet entertaining but did you know that more people desire a fire pit than a BBQ? According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits are more popular than BBQs as an outdoor feature according to their recent 2014 survey for hottest outdoor trends.

Halva Hemi 26"
Halva Hemi 26″ overlooking Stanley Park in Vancouver

As you can see below, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces came in third to Lighting (98.3%) and Seating/Dining areas (97.7%) as the most popular or in-demand outdoor living features. It’s no wonder we are seeing a rise in popularity for fire pits. Not only do they provide a substantial amount of heat allowing people to use their outdoor spaces for longer periods during the year, they also provide the perfect, convivial ambiance for social and family experiences that are welcoming, lively and enjoyable. And if that’s not enough, they can also increase the curb value of one’s home.

2014 Outdoor Living Features Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:

Lighting – 98.3%
Seating/dining areas – 97.7%
Fire pits/fireplaces – 95.4%
Grills – 94.3%
Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.6%
Outdoor furniture – 84.1%
Counter space – 75.5%
Utility storage – 65.5%
Stereo systems – 60.7%
Wireless/internet connectivity – 56.0%
Sinks – 55.0
Refrigerators – 53.7%
Televisions/projection screens – 49.4%
Outdoor heaters – 48.9%
Showers/baths – 46.8%
Outdoor cooling systems (including fans) – 37.2%
Hammocks – 34.1%
Bedrooms/sleeping spaces – 14.9%

Relaxing fire pit
There’s nothing like relaxing around a fire pit…

So what about you? What would your top pick for an outdoor feature be from the above list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.