Including a fire pit in patio design is a must for anyone who loves outdoor socializing by the warmth and ambience of an open fire. Although relatively quick to construct and easy to add to an existing hardscaped area, to really get the best out of your new fire pit, these three things should be taken into consideration.
Choosing a location
Picking the right location for your fire pit can make a great difference in terms of comfort and convenience, as well as safety. You’ll want to make sure your fire pit stays out of the wind both for your sake and that of the fire, but you’ll also need a degree of ventilation so that the smoke has somewhere to go. The right balance of wind shelter and open air is essential. Also be sure to place your fire pit far enough away from your home so that smoke doesn’t get inside. Be aware of roof coverings and overhanging branches. A spot protected by a retaining wall or on the edge of your patio shielded by permanent seating is a good idea.
A fire pit is no good without a good deal of comfortable, welcoming seating to draw guests. Your options here are boundless, but a recommended staple for any patio is permanent, built-in seating. This can take the form of a curved semi-circle bench on one side of your fire pit, leaving room for portable seating, or even a full circle encompassing a round fire pit. Consider complementary retaining wall products from Unilock to create awesome built-in seating. Another semi-permanent option is high-quality patio furniture placed around the fire. In this case, be careful to choose seats constructed from fireproof materials to ensure a stray ember doesn’t ruin your gathering. Alternatives to permanent seating include portable lawn chairs or loungers placed around the fire pit. A combination of a permanent bench and portable chairs is always an option, allowing the seating to adjust to the number of guests.
Select a FirePit Kit from Unilock
If you’re looking to add a fire pit to an existing patio without the fuss of landscape contractors trudging through your backyard too much, you’ll be pleased to know that Unilock now offers pre-assembled Fire pit Kits aimed at achieving an easier installation. Choose between the Rivercrest Firepit Kit and the Sunset Firepit Kit. The Rivercrest Firepit Kit offers an end product that is quaint and charming, and one that resembles the vibe of natural stone. For your patio fire pit in the Toronto area, Unilock offers colours in the light gray Coastal Slate or the more sandy Buff.
The Sunset Firepit Kit makes use of larger, more dimensional wallstone. Unilocks’ Brussels Dimensional Stone creates a bold, sturdy fire pit that sits low to the ground. Available in Desert Sand, Mahogany Ash and Sandstone, you’re sure to find a shade that complements your Toronto patio. The Sunset Firepit Kit creates a graceful, sweeping centerpiece to your backyard in a matter of hours.