Despite the July-like heat wave we have going on outside, fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some quality family time around a fire. Toasting marshmallows and sharing stories around the warmth of a campfire all combine to create lasting memories of times shared with family and friends. A firepit can be built-in or portable and there are many shapes and construction materials to choose from. Important things to consider when adding a firepit to your landscape:
Outdoor living spaces are increasing in both popularity and sophistication. People naturally enjoy being outside. Providing a comfortable and functional place to spend time in your yard will help you enjoy your home and add value to your property. A patio or deck, for example, can serve as a transition from indoors to your landscaped yard while also providing functional space for cooking, eating and relaxing.
If you have an outdoor sitting area of any size, it is nice to have a focal point. A firepit is an elegant way to meet this need while also extending the season for enjoying your landscape. There are few things more enjoyable than sitting around a fire on a cool evening, enjoying the fresh air and company of friends or family.
Your firepit can be formal or casual, placed above ground or built into the ground. There are a variety of ready-to-use firepits that will fit almost any patio or outdoor space. You can also have a custom firepit built as an integral part of your landscape plan. Stone, concrete, brick or metal are all excellent materials for a firepit and can be selected to coordinate with the rest of your landscape.
Outdoor seating will be an important part of your firepit surroundings. Movable patio chairs allow you to move closer or further from the fire as needed. Built-in concrete or stone seats in a circle or semicircle fit together well with an in ground pit.
When planning your landscape, professional design can be a worthwhile investment. A qualified landscape designer will make sure your landscape meets your needs and lifestyle. Whether you want modern luxury or casual elegance, landscape improvements will make your home a more useful and enjoyable place to spend time.
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
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