Firepits: The Ultimate Fall Hardscaping Project 

Firepits: The Ultimate Fall Hardscaping Project 

Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire? Our caveman ancestors couldn’t get enough of it, and neither can we. It’s one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pastimes. Arguably the most popular time of year to engage in this pastime is in the fall, which just happens to be right around the corner. In this blog, we’ll outline all you need to know about firepits and answer all relevant questions as they relate to your residential hardscaping project. 

Woman with feet up sitting in front of circular firepit overlooking neighborhood at dusk. Example of fall hardscaping.

Benefits of a Firepit 

There are many benefits of firepits, many of which are outwardly obvious. Social gatherings, S’mores, ghost stories, or just listening to music and having a drink. Whatever your heart desires. They add so many possibilities to your evenings and add a great look to your outdoor space. While most of us know the benefits of firepits, have you ever considered that they are a wonderful asset to any hardscape design? They are more than merely a place to get warm and hang with friends. They are a work of art that is sure to complement any hardscaping job, especially fall hardscaping. It is a functional element of your outdoor space, and often is the centerpiece of it all, both literally and figuratively.  

What are firepits made of? 

We see firepits a lot, but we may not be sure exactly what they are made of. The options generally boil down to stone, concrete, metal, and brick. This works to your advantage. Not only because it gives you options for how you want your firepit to function, but the material you choose can do so much to complement the rest of your patio, yard, gazebo, etc. For example, a dark wooden patio may be well complemented by a modernesque metal firepit. A brick firepit may make a bolder artistic statement and give your yard a naturalistic look if placed near grass or foliage.  

Wooden staircase leading down to stone circular firepit.

There are countless options for material, cut, color, shape, and size. There are endless ways to customize your fire pit and fall hardscaping, especially when you factor in materials and the other elements of your hardscape, such as gazebos and ponds. (We know summer is over, but check out our blog on summer hardscaping projects to get some more ideas on how to bring your hardscape to life!)  

Black wicker chairs around unlit stone firepit, example of fall hardscaping,

Gas or Wood?

Gas and wood are the two main fuel sources of fire pits. Which one you want depends on your preferences.  

Wood is hard to go wrong with. It’s the classic that has been used in both indoor fireplaces and outdoor firepits for years. The crackling sound of wood and the roaring flames are irresistible. They serve as wonderful ambient background noises for a crisp autumn evening and are a great option if you want to use your flame to cook. However, gas is the more convenient option, hands down. You can start the ultimate bonfire at the push of a button. It’s also better for the environment, and cleaner overall. You can use either propane or natural gas.  

Be sure to check your local laws to make sure you are in compliance and keep yourself and your neighborhood safe from harm. 

So, are you FIRED up about your firepit? Your dream fall hardscaping project is just a click or call away. Let’s start the conversation. Contact us today. We’ll turn your firepit fantasy into reality.