According to the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association, about 3 million outdoor fireplaces or fire pits are installed every year in America, as part of a trend to create more extensive outdoor living spaces.
Reinforcing this popularity even more are the results from the Residential Landscape Architect Trends survey, conducted in 2014 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that the third most popular outdoor feature after dining and lighting are fireplaces or fire pits. Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their properties and their lives. They want open, livable spaces that are both eco-friendly and stylish.
If you’re considering a fire pit, you can expect a variety of costs. You can get a small, portable pit for a few hundred dollars, but don’t expect it to last more than a couple of years, or you can get a luxurious fire pit that makes a strong design statement for a few thousand dollars. One like this would become a permanent feature of your home.
There are several fuel options for fire pits, such as propane, natural gas or biofuel (ethanol). The convenience and cleanliness of propane and natural gas for fire pits make them the most popular choice. In some communities, wood burners are banned during certain times of the year. Also the mess created by wood can be substantial.
Contact me, Chad Goodin, at Lake Norman Signature Pools & Patios if you’re ready to build the fire pit of your dreams in the Lake Norman/Mooresville areas of North Carolina. We’ll make your outdoor living vision come to life!