Warm, sunny weather invites you to be outside enjoying the breeze and chirping birds. Installing a deck and patio allows you to get more out of your backyard. The structures provide space for patio furniture to relax on while you spend time with family and friends. Adding a fire pit can enhance the space for use in cooler weather. Before installing a patio deck or fire pit, consider the following tips for best results.
The first thing to decide is if you plan to have a fire pit installed or not. The place where you place the patio deck may move if you need space for smoke to escape into the air. Since a fire pit doesn’t require a chimney, they make perfect outdoor accessories. A fire pit is cheaper and easier to install than an indoor fireplace yet allows the family to enjoy the ambiance and closeness of gathering around a fire.
When deciding on where to place your deck and patio, consider what other structures are in your yard including how your house sits. Fire is a danger and you wouldn’t want it too close to a garden shed or the house. Smoke and ash can damage nearby structures if they are too close.
Designing the patio deck around the fire pit allows you to make the most of the fire pit year-round. Designs may have the fire pit in the center with benches around the pit. Some designs move the fire pit off to one side especially if surrounding buildings are too close. Consider placing a fence around the deck or fire pit to keep out children and pets.
A deck and patio with a fire pit extend the amount of time you can enjoy the outdoors. Using a contractor can help you get the most out of the space with a design that works best for your family.