A mortared stone fire pit with limestone coping is integrated into a crazy quilt limestone patio.

A mortared stone fire pit with limestone coping is integrated into a crazy quilt limestone patio.

Sitting around a roaring fire while sipping cider and roasting marshmallows is a great way to enjoy the cool and crisp evenings of autumn. A metal fire pit or clay chimenea can provide heat, but it often ages quickly with use and exposure to the elements. With proper planning and siting, we can help you create a lasting, beautiful and functional focal point in your garden and extend your outdoor relaxation and entertaining late in to the season by incorporating a built-in fire pit.

A stand-alone modular fire pit area, in a steel-edged ring of crushed river gravel. Insets of Flagstone are placed for Adirondack chairs.

A stand-alone modular fire pit area, in a steel-edged ring of crushed river gravel. Insets of Flagstone are placed for Adirondack chairs.

A built-in fire pit can be added to your existing patio, incorporated into a new patio or can stand alone.  Many of our clients have an underutilized corner of the back yard.  Maybe the kids have grown and it’s time to turn the play set area into the perfect secondary entertaining space.  In these areas, it’s common to install a fire pit surrounded by brick paving or gravel, lined with pavers.  A built-in seat wall could also be added for permanent seating.

A modular gas valve fire pit incorporated in a clay paver patio.  A curved modular seat wall offers permanent seating. It is an inviting focal point when viewed from inside the house.

A modular gas valve fire pit incorporated in a clay paver patio. A curved modular seat wall offers permanent seating. It is an inviting focal point when viewed from inside the house.

Once the location is determined, there are several types of fire pits to consider.  Regardless of the shape and size, you can have one that is gas burning, natural wood burning or that has a gas igniter/start.  Gas burning fire pits, with fireproof rock or glass, make lighting a fire easy and do not produce smoke or messy ash to clean up afterwards. However, there is something to be said about the aroma, natural glow and crackling sounds of a wood burning fire pit.  How about a combination of the two?  A gas igniter can be installed, making the chore of starting a fire much simpler.  You simply prepare a wood burning fire like normal, then start the gas and ignite.  Once the fire is going, you can turn off the gas and enjoy a wood burning fire.

A round, masonry gas-fired fire pit clad in natural stone. It sits in a sunken bluestone chip circle, contained by custom bluestone coping. The fire pit itself is coped with natural bluestone and filled with black lava rock.

A round, masonry gas-fired fire pit clad in natural stone. It sits in a sunken bluestone chip circle, contained by custom bluestone coping. The fire pit itself is coped with natural bluestone and filled with black lava rock.

There are also several materials to consider, such as concrete modular wall stone, natural stone and even brick & mortar.  In general, installed fire pits can range anywhere from $1,800 to $4,500 depending on the selected materials, overall size/shape and if a gas starter is desired. City/village codes and regulations require that fire pits be installed certain distances from homes, garages and property lines.  This is something we take into careful consideration during the design process.

A square, modular, gas-fired fire pit in an Ashlar pattern bluestone patio. Its shape reinforces the clean lines of the paving.

A square, modular, gas-fired fire pit in an Ashlar pattern bluestone patio. Its shape reinforces the clean lines of the paving.

Please view our online portfolio for ideas of similar projects.  https://naturesperspective.com/gallery/hard-surfaces-fire-pitsgrills/.  We’d love to work with you on designing and building one for your home.

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