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Summer Home Improvement Projects: Make Your Yard More Inviting With A Fire Pit

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Most of the time, home improvement projects seem to focus on the inside of the house. It is time to break that trend. This summer, take advantage of all the great weather and make your outdoor living space a little more functional and enjoyable by incorporating a fire pit. 

Decide If You Want A Permanent Or Portable Fire Pit

The first thing you need to decide is if you want a portable or permanent fire pit. There are a few advantages to each type of fire pit.  

Portable Fire Pit Considerations 

A portable fire pit will save you time. You will not have to invest time into building or hiring someone (such as someone from Crivitz Lumber & Rental) to create a fire pit for you. All you will have to do is go down to your local home improvement store and purchase the model of fire pit that you like. 

However, you may need to build a surface to place your portable fire pit on depending on how your yard is currently set up. You'll want to place your fire pit on top of hard, fire-resistant surface, such as:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Stone
  • Slate
  • Brick
  • Gravel

You should avoid placing your fire pit on top of a wood deck or any other wooden structure. 

Permanent Fire Pit

If you want to build a permanent fire pit, you'll need to have at least a day or two available to do so. One of the biggest advantages of building your own fire pit is that you can customize it to fit your backyard style. 

Another advantage of a permanent fire pit is you can make it a focal point in your backyard. You can create a whole area in your backyard just for your fire pit. If you get really creative, you can even build your own seating around the fire pit. A permanent fire pit can be a great selling point down the road. 

Find The Right Location

Once you decide between a portable or permanent fire pit, you will have to determine where you want to put your new fire pit. 

  • Flat Surface: To start with, you'll want to place your fire pit on a flat surface. You can choose an area that is already flat, or you can choose an area that you will have to dig out. As stated above, you'll also want to make sure the surface you choose is fire-resistant. 
  • Away From Any Permanent Structures: You'll want to make sure that your fire pit is not located too close to your house or to your neighbor's house. You may also want to check your local fire codes; many cities have regulations about how many feet away from permanent structures fire pits have to be located. You don't want any of the embers from the fire pit creating a fire. 
  • Room To Hang Out: Finally, you'll want to make sure that there is plenty of room around your fire pit. You'll want to have enough room around your fire pit for people to stand or sit comfortably in your outside chairs around the fire pit. 

If you want to improve your house, focus on the outside this summer. Install either a portable or permanent fire pit will give you a space to gather outdoors with your friends and family throughout the summer and into the fall. If you create a permanent fire pit, you could even increase the resale value and appeal of your home.