When planning your outdoor living space for your home, you may have trouble deciding between having a outdoor fire pit or fireplace. Both of these features provide additional enjoyment to any outdoor living space by providing warmth during those chilly nights along with light, relaxation, and a visual focal point. However, they each have their distinct differences that should be taken in to account to give you the full experience of your outdoor living space. Below we provided those differences for you to see what fits perfectly for you.
How many people would you like your outdoor fire feature to accommodate?
An outdoor fireplace is perfect for just a few people or large gathering. It provides romantic ambiance and encourages intimate conversation while also giving that large crowd a place to gather. A fire pit is great for entertaining as it provides 360 degrees of enjoyment and creates a more casual campfire like environment.
Does your property have a view you would like to take advantage of?
A fire pit is low to the ground, and won’t draw away from an amazing view. Position the fire pit in a place where the view can be enjoyed. A fireplace has height and mass, and will become a focal point in your space. Decorative elements such as a hearth and mantel can be added.
Do you prefer wood burning or gas powered?
This is always something that comes up in conversation. Some people like the smell of the wood burning fireplaces while others like a gas powered fireplace. If you don’t have a preference, but want to contain the smell of the wood burning then we would recommend the fireplace. The fireplace will offer more confident of the smell but still allowing the fireplace to be the focal point of your outdoor living space.
Is your property affected by wind?
A fireplace is enclosed, making it easy to light even in windy conditions. Additionally, a fireplace can serve as a wind break that will protect guests. A fire pit is open and the flames can be more easily enjoyed. However, it will be difficult to light and enjoy in windy conditions.
The advantage of using a professional landscaping company such as Patriot Landscape Solutions is that we can walk you through all these decisions during the planning phase of your outdoor living area.
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