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Most Common Must-Haves That Go With Your Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace

Most Common Must-Haves That Go With Your Outdoor Fire Pit or Fireplace

We can’t think of a better way to spend the fall than sitting around a cozy fire pit or fireplace in the backyard. However, there’s more to an outdoor living space than just the fire element. When you’re designing hardscaping elements as part of your overall landscaping, you’ll want to balance looks and functionality.

Learn more about some of the must-haves to accompany your fire pit or fireplace that will make your outdoor living space in Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and other areas of Tennessee better than ever.


Outdoor lighting makes your property safer.

Outdoor living area with walkways, a fire pit, and outdoor lighting in Green Hill, TN

Outdoor lighting is, in our opinion, one of the most important elements to the exterior of your property, regardless of whether you have a fire pit/fireplace or not. Appropriate lighting can help with the following:

  • Highlight architectural features, like fire pits and fireplaces
  • Light walking paths for safety
  • Deter trespassers

When it comes to fire pits and fireplaces, the right outdoor lighting can be used to highlight stonework and walking paths that lead to the fire area. LED lighting systems are some of the most popular, in part due to brightness, bulb longevity, and lower energy consumption.

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Increase your usable space with a retaining or seating wall.

Outdoor living area with seating walls, a fire pit, and outdoor lighting in Mt. Juliet, TN.

You shouldn’t have to pull out the camping chairs any time you want to enjoy your fire pit. For a more aesthetically appealing and practical addition to your outdoor...

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Custom Fire Pits vs. Prefabricated Fire Pits

Custom Fire Pits vs. Prefabricated Fire Pits

It is nice to have a gathering spot in your yard where you can congregate with family and friends in the evening. A fire pit provides warmth and a convenient location to relax after a long day. It is the perfect addition to any backyard, but choosing the right type for your home should not be a quick decision.

There are many types of fire pits available, but the choice comes down to a custom fire pit or a prefabricated one. There are pros and cons to both, you just have to find which one fits your lifestyle and budget!


What You Can Expect to Spend

When it comes to the question of what would one expect to spend on a fire pit, the price of a DIY kit from your local big box store can range anywhere from under $100 to around $500. There are some more expensive pre-fabricated models out there. The high-end of the prefabricated models can run homeowners anywhere from $1,000-$4,000. Kits can be found at a store or shipped right to your home.

Custom fire pits are more of an investment. They usually start at around $5,000 for the design and installation process and go up in price from there. This price reflects the time, labor, and design efforts put into the custom piece. In addition, custom fire pits can use a variety of materials and have options such as built-in seating, retaining walls, and other features that make them a focal point for your backyard.

Conclusion: Budget buyers should go for the prefabricated kits. Homeowners looking to add an exterior focal...

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Which is Better for You and Your Home: a Fireplace or a Fire Pit?

Which is Better for You and Your Home: a Fireplace or a Fire Pit?

Fire pits and fireplaces add warmth, light, and elegance to your outdoor living space. They can become a focal point for entertaining and a feature that anchors the space. Choosing which of these features are best for you and your home is dependent on your style, purpose, and budget.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are more commonly installed than fireplaces and tend to be more affordable. Additionally, fire pits feature an open design. Other great attributes of fire pits include:

  • Fire pits can sit a larger group of people in a circle, square, or oval, facing one another. This invites conversation and entertainment throughout the evening.
  • It is easier to incorporate built-in seating around a fire pit.
  • Fire pits are small structures that do not block scenery. If your home boasts a beautiful nighttime view, a fire pit is the way to go!

Conversely, fire pits are unable to block the wind and provide less privacy than a fireplace.

Fireplaces

If you are ready to get cozy in a more intimate atmosphere, a fireplace may be ideal for your space! Fireplaces seat smaller groups of people and faces them in the same direction. However, it can provide for a comfortable night with close friends. Additional benefits of fireplaces are:

  • They are great for blocking the wind.
  • A fireplace is a great feature to block unwanted views and create your own outdoor oasis.
  • A fireplace can be more aesthetically pleasing.

It should be noted that fireplaces require a larger...

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