A fire pit can serve as the focal point for your outdoor living space. It creates an ambiance (“Now, it’s a party!” or for low-key date night). You can cook s’mores and hot dogs (other foods if you’re a culinary aficionado) over it. And, it keeps you warm on chilly spring nights. Is there anything a fire pit can’t do? If you’ve ever enjoyed an evening around a fire pit and wish you had your own, make this spring the season you add a fire pit to your outdoor living space.
One of the reasons Kansas City homeowners choose Complete Home Concepts to design, build, install and/or consult on for their new or updated fire pit is that we present the best options for your outdoor living space and how you envision using it. We ask questions you might not have considered, which results in you being much happier with your fire pit.
Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when deciding on the fire pit that’s perfect for you:
Does your style lean toward rustic charm?
A rustic look is popular for outdoor living spaces. Plus, it complements many home designs in Kansas City. Using natural elements like stone or brick creates a warm and cozy atmosphere. One of the advantages of a rustic-style fire pit is that it can blend in with the surrounding landscape, creating an organic and natural look. Going with a rustic look also can add an organic feel to outdoor spaces that lack trees and landscaping.
Do you prefer a contemporary look?
If your goal is to create a modern look for your outdoor living space, consider a sleek fire pit design. Materials, such as metals and stone veneer, and fire pit layout have to come together to create a contemporary look. This style works well in a contemporary home with clean lines and minimalistic design.
Will your fire pit be a focal feature in your backyard or multi-functional?
A fire pit can be a stand-alone feature in your backyard, or it can be incorporated into a larger design that includes seating, a pool, an outdoor kitchen or grill, and even a water feature, like a fountain or pond. By creating a multi-functional outdoor living space, you can use your backyard for a wide range of activities, from outdoor dining to relaxing with friends and family. A built-in seating area around your fire pit can also serve as a great spot for gathering. Adding a fire pit is an easy way to multiply your “living” space without taking on a home addition project.
Are you thinking a natural gas, propane or wood-burning fire pit?
One of the first decisions to make when designing your fire pit is choosing between natural gas, propane or wood-burning options. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so consider your lifestyle, preferences and practical use.
Natural gas fire pits are convenient and easy to use, as they require minimal maintenance and no need to chop or store firewood. They are also relatively safer than wood-burning fire pits, as there is no risk of sparks or embers.
Wood-burning fire pits give a more authentic campfire experience, complete with the sounds, smells and warmth of a real fire. They can also be used for cooking and can give your backyard a rustic and nostalgic vibe.
Propane fire pits work similarly to a propane grill. Like natural gas, they are safer in terms of no risk of sparks or embers flying. Unlike natural gas, which a gas line can be run to, you’ll need to keep an eye on propane tank levels and switch them out.
Adding a fire pit to your outdoor living space can provide a wide range of benefits, from warmth and ambiance to multi-functional space and even cooking. Whether you prefer a rustic or modern design, natural gas, propane or wood-burning, or a stand-alone feature or a multi-functional space, there are plenty of options from which to choose.
Stop by our showroom or contact one of our team members to kick off your fire pit project.