The Benefits of an Outdoor Fireplace or Fire Pit in Landscaping Designs

April 2011

Outdoor Fireplace &  Kitchen DesignThere are many landscaping design choices you can make to liven up your backyard. A popular trend we have seen in some Portland and West Linn landscaping projects is the outdoor fireplace. From throwing parties to roasting marshmallows, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are suitable for nearly all landscaping designs and will liven up your Northwest backyard. Here are a few of the many benefits of having an outdoor fireplace or fire pit.

Entertaining. Nothing adds to a summer patio party like a cozy outdoor fireplace or pit. When integrated into thoughtful landscaping designs, outdoor fireplaces extend your home and available party space from inside to outside. A fire pit is a natural gathering place, where you and your friends can sip some wine while conversing and laughing on a warm July night.

Cooking. While they may not be as accurate as a gas grill, a fire pit or fireplace is still a valuable asset for cooking. If you’re planning to put a fire pit in your yard in the future, ask the landscaping service professionals to include a fire grate that can be used for cooking. Or, simply throw a few marshmallows on a stick and enjoy a warm and tasty treat.

Warmth. Since you don’t have to rely on the warmth of the season, outdoor fireplaces allow you to host yard parties much earlier in the year. Get a nice fire going, throw on a sweater, and any clear night can turn into an outdoor star gazing extravaganza.

Ambiance. Maybe you aren’t too keen on throwing parties or maybe you aren’t such a great cook. Don’t worry – a fire pit is often appreciated just for the sheer beauty of it. Whether you’re catching up with an old friend or gazing at stars with a new love, the ambiance and romance a fire pit adds to a yard is unbeatable.

If you’re considering adding a fireplace or fire pit to your West Linn landscaping design, contact us here at Landscape East & West. We have a team of landscaping service professionals to help you with every aspect of your project, from design to build.

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