Fire pits are a great way to enjoy your outdoor living space even in the winter months. In places like Overland Park, Olathe, Kansas City and Lawrence, where the warm season is long enough to allow people to create and enjoy beautiful landscapes, building a fire pit for cooler days guarantees you will make the most of your outside area for more of the year.
However, a fire pit alone won’t recreate the same relaxing atmosphere of a living room fireplace. One of the best options to turn the surroundings of your fire pit into an entertaining and relaxing area, is to include comfortable and convenient seating. And don’t forget, once you have a fire pit, you’ll need a place to store firewood. Here are some ideas to help you as you plan your toasty outdoor retreat.
Fire Pit Seating Ideas
Although your outdoor living space may not have definite walls like an indoor area, thinking of your landscape design as having “rooms” is a great way to help focus on specific areas to create a sophisticated outside décor. Therefore, whether your fire pit is the centerpiece of your patio or not, creating a stone seat wall around it will make it more attractive and functional by sectioning it off as an intimate space. Seat walls also help to highlight your fire pit as a feature of your landscape.
There are many options available to you from Unilock that will deliver a memorable aesthetic. Estate Wall, for example is an excellent option for creating a relaxed atmosphere with the look and feel of natural stone. When stacked together, the blocks create a wall with the appearance of one built from aged, natural rock. For additional style and contrast, you can add a row of Unigranite along the length of the wall. Estate Wall coping is always a good match for Estate Wall stone, but feel free to opt for a coping that offers a contrast of texture such as that achieved by the smooth top and pitched sides of Ledgestone. Once the seat wall is finished, be sure to decorate it with pillows for a personalized look and additional comfort.
Wood Storage Solutions
Finding a place to store firewood doesn’t have to be a headache, nor does it have to break the harmony of your landscape. There are creative solutions to keep firewood safe and dry and even integrate it with your fire pit design.
A great idea is to incorporate a storage space into your seating. Look to Unilock wallstones for creating the perfect base for this structure and ensure that you’ll not only keep your firewood safe, your unified aesthetic will also be maintained. Alternatively, consider incorporating wood storage into other vertical structures such as beneath fire tables and fireplaces or beneath your nearby outdoor bar. This way the wood is always right where you need it.
As an alternative to wood as a fuel, Unilock fire pits can be fitted with a natural gas or propane line for optimal convenience.