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Add a Fire Pit to Your Denver Outdoor Living Space


August 10, 2016

Are you considering a fire pit? You already know that the backyard is a great place to hang with friends and family. For entertaining purposes, a wood deck with a simple barbecue is outdated. These days, amenities like ponds, water features, flowerbeds, faux riverbeds, vegetable gardens, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits are a must, and we can create fire pit spaces for any backyard space imaginable.

According to the experts, one reason for their appeal is that a fire pit can extend your backyard use through fall and into winter. In fact, fire pits have become so popular that builders construct them as part of the package for their higher-priced homes.

Your choice of fire pit should be based on the style of your space, how much room you have available, and local ordinances. Fire pit styles, sizes, and materials are many and varied. Here are a few more things to consider before making this important decision.

Do you want a fire pit that is built in or something that’s lightweight and potentially portable, so you can take it where you want your gathering? Do you want a focal point for yard or need/want a fire in different areas for different gatherings? For a built-in design, consider matching the style to the house, fence, pergola, etc., so that your fire pit area is cohesive and harmonious with the rest of the surroundings. Make it proportional to the size of your yard. And when considering outdoor fire pits and fire pit safety, be sure to plan for plenty of room between your pit and other structures. Look at seating and circulation factors too.

For portable fire pits, there are fire bowls that come in a variety of materials. Copper or stainless steel bowls are usually lighter, but heavier cast iron bowls do a nice job of radiating heat. Fire tables are similar to bowls, but are often made at coffee table height. There are also chimney-style options, freestanding pieces with a chimney-style vent, which come in a range of materials.

Regardless of which way you go, you need to ensure that you’re using proper materials – something that won't splinter when the fire heats up. That's where we come in. We have the experience and skills to help you get the aesthetics you want with the functions and safety you need.

Wood or gas is the most common type of fire pits. Those who favor a true outdoor experience usually prefer burning real logs, but that requires keeping flames going – as well as not letting them escape. It also requires a steady supply of firewood and a screen of some sort. An alternative is to use gas or propane for an instant fire – maybe even powered with a remote switch – though it’s not as hot as a wood fire, and you don’t get the same crackle and smoke.

At Kona Contractors, we will work with you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams. If you have an idea of what type or style you like, we can install it for you. If you are looking for some guidance, we can offer style ideas that fit within your budget. Contact us today to get started:  720-935-4922.