Set your backyard on fire
If you love your backyard and hate saying goodbye to it when the sun goes down, you need a fire feature! With the addition of fire, your backyard can not only remain an inviting place to hang out long after dark, but can be warm enough to enjoy the outdoors earlier and later in the year. With a fire to keep you warm and create an intimate place to hang out, your backyard will be a getaway long after the day – and the summer – has ended.
When it comes to choosing a fire feature, the options are endless! The traditional option is a backyard fire pit, a place to gather with drinks at the end of a long day and a place where kids can be toasting marshmallows in minutes. Fire tables are similar to fire pits and offer the same gathering point for friends to congregate, but have the added advantages of a table with a fire in the centre. Chimineas also offer budget-friendly fire features and are popular for being easily portable for when you’d like to relocate to another part of the deck. If an after-dark lounging area is what you’re looking for, an outdoor fireplace can offer a cozy setting for conversations in the wee hours along with a powerful way to punctuate a darkened yard.
Designing with fire
Fire features can also create an exotic feel, enhance existing focal points, and offer dramatic views when used as accessories and lighting. When the sun goes down, a backyard can transform as darkness offers a completely different design opportunity. Fire bowls are a powerful way to flank a pool or emphasize a low dividing wall. Fire bowls are also available with water, making it appear as though the blaze is burning on top of the water itself. (This same technique can be an especially eye-catching effect when used in combination with a vanishing edge pool, making it appear as though the edge of the pool is on fire.) Fire chandeliers are a great way to utilize fire as lighting, and can work in a variety of settings from modern to rustic, while fire torches can be a versatile choice to light a path or provide accent lighting in smaller lounging nooks.
Custom features are always an option - fire features can run the length of the pool or can be coupled with water fountains. Custom fire features are limited only by the budget and the imagination, but there are plenty of DIY options for budget-conscious homeowners as well. Fire pits are a great weekend project for an ambitious DIYer and can be created from repurposed barrels, landscaping pavers or concrete blocks.
Fire features can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the materials and how much of the work you do yourself –and on the labour involved with piping and completing the hookup for any gas source. Fire features are fueled by wood, propane, gel fuel, or natural gas. Wood is an affordable option, but requires a source and dry, sizable storage areas. Natural gas is also fairly inexpensive, but can require the labour involved with installing lines. Propane is also readily available and convenient, but can have an odour some people find objectionable. Meanwhile gel fuel is growing in popularity and allows for a fire feature to be portable, but it can be difficult to find and does not put off as much heat as other fuel sources.
Last but not least, you’ll want to consider accessories for your fire feature and should consider safety first! Safety covers and fire pit covers, for instance, protect not only your guests, but also your investment. Faux log sets for gas-burning features offer an authentic look, while ceramic rocks are durable and cost-effective. You may also want to consider splurging for remote operation, allowing you to control the fire from anywhere in your backyard. Then grab your favourite beverage and head outside to enjoy relaxing by a roaring fire, knowing that you can escape to your luxurious backyard even more often than before!
Luxury comes in every shape, size, style and colour!