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Deciding Between a Store-Bought and Custom Outdoor Fire Pit?

Outdoor Fire Pit

With fall approaching fast, outdoor fire pits are on many Kansas City homeowners’ minds. That’s probably what led you here. You’ve got brisk nights, roasting marshmallows and hanging out with friends and family around the fire pit in mind. Now, it’s time to decide which direction to go. Is buying an outdoor fire pit from a big box store or online retailer sufficient? Or, should you invest in a custom outdoor fire pit? To make a no-regret decision, it takes evaluating your goals and budget.

Are you wanting something permanent that adds value to your home?

There are some wonderful options available in retail stores or online. The majority of these big-box store fire pits will last a few years at best before needing to be replaced. They are not designed necessarily for aesthetics, but rather functionality. So, they are not permanent, nor will they add value to your home in a future buyer’s eyes.

If you want your outdoor fire pit to be a focal point in your outdoor living space, custom is the way to go. A custom fire pit is a permanent fixture that enhances an outdoor area, thus can be a big selling point when the time comes. Even better, is that by going custom you can design the area exactly as you wish to match your lifestyle and entertaining preferences.

How comfortable are you with choosing fuel types and size and adhering to codes and regulations?

Whether you install a custom fire pit or set up one from a retailer, it’s going to require deciding on a fuel type and size. One, it’s difficult to visualize what a fire pit is going to look like in your backyard when you’re looking at it in a store or online. This can end up with a fire pit that is too small or too big for the space. Two, you won’t have an expert to explain the ins and outs of the different types of fire pit fuels. This can result in a lot of extra work for you or surprises in upkeep that keeps you from using the fire pit as much as you’d like.

Both fire pit types require a fire-resistant surface. (Never on a wooden deck to avoid fire hazards.) Plus, your city or HOA has rules and regulations that govern the placement of a fire pit, and the typical accepted placement is at least 10 feet from the house or any other flammable structure. There could be more, depending on where you live in Kansas City, that need to be followed or risk fines or relocating your fire pit.

Complete Home Concepts’ experts have experience on their side. Our team knows exactly how to fit the size to the space. We’ll evaluate the area and explain all of your fuel options, so you have the information you need to make the right choice for your needs. Plus, having installed so many custom fire pits across KC, we know codes and follow them to a fault, keeping you out of hot water.

Will you be satisfied with a cookie-cutter look?

Fire pits from retailers tend to be cookie-cutter—a commodity. Just the word custom conjures up a different image—special, tailored just to you and your outdoor living space. A custom fire pit is the opportunity to complement your deck, landscaping, seating/entertaining space and features of your home. It can be built onto an existing patio and can include built-in stone seating. Or, if you’re starting from scratch, it can be used as a focal point in the overall design.

Going custom? Work with Experts.

When you add a custom-built fire pit to your home’s outdoor space, entrust it to experienced designers and installers. Complete Home Concepts designs and installs fire pits as part of your existing or new space, working closely with you to create a space you’ll love. We work with you on the type and size of your fire pit, seating options, landscaping, outdoor kitchen areas and other elements to create the perfect outdoor oasis for making memories this fall with friends and family.

Ready to get a jumpstart on fall entertaining and relaxing? Contact us or visit our showroom today.