It’s a fact that everyone who builds an upscale outdoor living area needs to consider adding a heat and flame feature. This is especially important when you wish to create seating and conversation areas that invite people to relax and enjoy the hypnotic and warming flames of a fireplace or fire pit. A fire feature anchors the space with style, form and function. But which option is the best for your outdoor living room? Let’s take a look at the differences so you can make an informed decision.
The Pros and Cons of an Outdoor Gas Fireplace
We all know about the differences between a man and a woman. One area where those differences come to play is in the type of fire feature each prefers. In the case of an outdoor fireplace, this is usually the top priority for the female head of household. She is sure to envision herself lounging in front of a fireplace on a chilly night, cuddling with her significant other while enjoying a glass of fine wine.
An outdoor fireplace is the classic choice. Fireplaces have been in use for centuries as a source of heat and cooking flames. But beyond the fireplace’s reputation standing the test of time, here are some additional considerations.
For one, only a handful of people can comfortably sit in front of a fireplace and enjoy its warmth. You will need to carefully select the seating arrangement for the fireplace so that it can be enjoyed by the maximum number of guests. Because an outdoor fireplace takes up a lot of space, it can often block the wind and the view in your backyard – which could be a good thing if you wish to gain privacy from neighbors. The larger size adds a dramatic flair and anchor to your outdoor living room, but also costs more to install.
The Pros and Cons of a Gas Fire Pit
The fire pit is traditionally the favored choice of the man in your home. Most likely, this is because it allows him to recreate a camping experience with his buddies, sitting around the fire with a cigar and swapping adventure stories while sipping on a glass of aged scotch.
Fire pits are the modern option for a luxury outdoor living space. They are available in a wide array of styles, shapes, sizes and heights. A fire pit can be built-in or mobile. All these features make a fire pit the easiest choice for updating any type of backyard or patio.
Outside of the large variety of styles, fire pits are the natural choice for parties, since they easily accommodate up to a dozen people or more in seating arrangements around the perimeter. Their lower profile means that a fire pit won’t block a fantastic view. However, that smaller size also means that a fire pit can’t block the wind.
Fireplace or Fire Pit – Which Will You Choose?
Now that you know more about both, will a fireplace or fire pit be your best choice? If you are still having trouble deciding, we invite you to come in and talk to use about all the possibilities for a heat and flame feature sure to complement your lifestyle and your luxury outdoor living space.