Fire Pit vs Fireplace: Which Outdoor Feature is Right for your Columbus, OH Patio?
Both a fire pit and fireplace are perfect focal points for socializing, entertaining and relaxing, and are a true asset to any Columbus, OH home. Either choice provides not only a warm and an inviting atmosphere, but the ideal spot to toast marshmallows, share stories and make treasured memories. While there is nothing like having your very own fire pit or fireplace to be able to enjoy your backyard all year round, it may not be clear which one is best for you and your patio. This article will outline a number of points to consider when making this decision.
Capture the campfire’s social open air atmosphere with a fire pit
A fire pit makes a superb addition to your patio, adding to its inherent appeal to guests and family members alike. While both the fire pit and fireplace are integrated directly into your patio spaces, the fire pit reflects an open air, open fire feel, enclosed in the safety of beautiful stone work. This creates a wonderful central point of attraction for your yard. You can add a number of different seating options for the surrounds, both permanent or moveable. A permeant seating area can be made with the same stone to reflect your pit’s form and style to perfection.
Unilock offers a number of fantastic prepackaged fire pit designs including the Sunset Fire Pit Kit and the Rivercrest Fire Pit Kit. These two distinguished styles include a grill that fits securely into the pit, just perfect for cooking on an open fire as the sun sets on those beautiful summer nights. You also have the choice between a circle or square structure, for a modern/formal or more traditional feel. Using Unilock’s easy to lay wall blocks, you’re not limited to set styles but are free to custom design and build your own unique creation.
Bring the comfort of the indoors to your patio with an outdoor fireplace
A fireplace, although similar to the fire pit as a permanent patio feature, allows a different scope for design. In fact, Unilock offers four different models, ensuring something for everyone. A fireplace differs from a fire pit by enclosing the flames and includes a chimney for funneling smoke away from the area. Outdoor fireplaces are perfect for those who wish to bring the inside out, mirroring the standard living room perfectly. The four Unilock pre-built models come in a array of different stones ranging from the modern Lineo Dimensional Stone, to the more traditional European feel of Brussels Dimensional Stone, with the Ventana design featuring a double-sided opening to allow heating, comfort and ambience to two outdoor areas simultaneously. Once again, custom designs are also an option. An outdoor fireplace allows you to install a number of different patio furniture options and can allow for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining experience.
Whatever you decide fits and integrates best into your existing or even future patio design, both fire pit and fireplace add instant charm and appeal to your backyard. If you’re still having difficulty making a decision, the professionals at Unilock are more than happy to give you a helping hand and point you in the right direction in finding you the best fit for your space, style and budget.
The title image features Unilock’s Ventana pre-built fireplace constructed from Lineo Dimensional Stone on a patio paved with Thornbury pavers.