When that first drop of pumpkin spice hits your lips and jacket weather calls your name, the inevitable next step is to take advantage of fall’s arrival with a warm, cozy fire. Before you run inside and make a beeline for a spot near the mantle, head outdoors and curl up to the roaring flames of a fire pit.
Though fire pits can be as simple as a hole dug into the ground, the ones we’re focused on are chic, astounding structures that resemble artistic sculptures rather than a poorly used “pit.” Today’s fire pits, fire tables and fire bowls are outdoor accessories that transform a backyard into a magical, luminous space. So hold onto your s’mores because today’s fire pits send sparks into any aesthetic (and may burn a hole in your wallet).
“Fire creates a mood,” says Eric Brenner, owner of AuthenTEAK, a luxury outdoor furniture and accessories store in Atlanta. “Whether festive or romantic, the ambiance of a roaring fire and dancing flames invites.”
Since many of us are spending more time together outside, congregating around a warm fire pit seems like the perfect way to enjoy a crisp evening. Whether freestanding or built-in, fire pits offer a safe way to socialize on your property and appreciate the simplicity of nature. A fire pit’s glow not only attracts stimulating conversation and happy feelings, but they can also be used to host a meal (with or without the marshmallows), spark conversation and help the kiddos get outdoors from a day spent behind the computer.
“Fire pits have gained popularity for years,” says Eric. “The new multipurpose home has only increased in popularity. People are looking for opportunities to socialize with a hand-selected group in a private setting. Fire pits take the chill out of the night.”
When you hear the words fire pit, you may think of the traditional wood-burning types from your camp days. And though wood is still popular, specifically in metal fire pits, gas-powered options, especially in concrete fire pits, have also gained traction. According to Eric, concrete and natural stone products are the “it” material for today’s fire pits, in styles ranging from rustic to modern.
Keep it simple when designing your outdoor retreat and selecting the right fire pit for your style and needs. Fire tables have ledges that allow more functionality and might work better on a deck or patio; fire bowls are typically round and look lovely surrounded by comfortable seating on the lawn.
Besides private backyard fire pits, outdoor design elements are making appearances in communal settings. Either at the end of a cul-de-sac or built as part of a planned residential development, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces build a sense of community and create a safe place for friends and families to forge new relationships. One such real estate project, environmentally focused Splinter Creek, near Oxford, MS, offers several fire pits throughout the property for residents to gather and experience nature in a new way.
“The allure of gathering around a fire with friends and family goes back as far as time and fire itself,” says Andrew Harris of Belgard, a brick and concrete paver manufacturer. “An outdoor fireplace and fire pit are the natural destinations for brisk fall evenings to roast a marshmallow or share a toast with friends.”
Here’s to enjoying a cool night around a luxurious and warm fire pit!
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