Pesky bugs mysteriously vanish. The evening seems longer when you’re having fun and conversation even as the air takes on a chill.
And let’s not forget the best part — when somebody breaks out the marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers for gooey s’mores. Close your eyes. You can almost taste it.
A fire pit extends your outdoor entertaining time into fall. No need to retreat indoors. Simmer up some hot cocoa and enjoy the fire.
But fire pits have come a long way since your dad dug a hole in the backyard and tossed in some firewood.
Fire Pit Styles of Today
Today’s fire pits are stylish and elegant, made of a myriad of types of materials and often surrounded by sitting walls and benches.
Some are so lovely, crafted of elegant granite and filled with bits of shimmering polished glass, it seems a shame to call them “pits.”
The upscale term is “fire feature.”
Choose a wood-burning unit for fires the old-fashioned way, or opt for a gas-powered design that turns on with a simple click on your smartphone.
Let’s take a look at the design options and address that burning question that brought you here: How much does it cost to install a fire pit?
Outdoor Fire Pit Fuel Options
Your first fire pit decision is whether to choose a wood-burning unit or gas powered.
Most homeowners these days choose gas. It’s easier. No wood piles. No messy ashes. Just turn on the flames with a switch, or even with your smart phone.
There’s not even smoke — the fire burns clean, fueled by natural gas or propane.
Installation crews will need to dig trenches out to your pit for the gas lines and electricity. Why electricity? Gas-powered units have electric igniters, much like a gas stove.
Of course, some fire lovers want that rustic camp fire feel, love the smell of burning wood and the way the embers glow as the evening wears on. The crackle and snap of a wood-fueled fire is captivating.
Choose wood, and you don’t have to worry about running gas or electricity out to your fire pit.
There’s a choice for everybody.
Fire Pit Design Options
If you choose a wood-burning fire pit, your design can be as simple as a ring of rustic boulders and a base of gravel, or as elaborate as a full-fledged outdoor fireplace faced with natural stone or brick.
The design possibilities for both kinds of fire pits are endless. Choose from brick, slate, tile, marble in any shape you can imagine.
If you choose natural stone, you can match it to other stonework that may be on your property.
Choose a contemporary concrete fire bowl in a variety of finishes, or warm copper or oil-rubbed bronze.
Artist-crafted fire pits are pieces of outdoor art, often in free-form contemporary designs that are as impressive without a fire as they are holding flickering flames.
Your gas-powered fire pit can be filled with rustic tumbled lava rock or shimmering pieces of colored glass.
Fire as art.
Best Fire Pit Placement
Position your wood-fueled fire pit away from the house for a more rustic feel, where taking a stroll out to roast marshmallows is a bit of an adventure.
Or choose a fireplace style that becomes a focal point of your covered porch or pergola.
Add a gas-powered fire pit right on your patio, just steps from your (outdoor) kitchen. Then there’s no excuse not to sit for a bit and enjoy that magical flicker.
Fire pits are great additions to your pool area, offering warmth and drama for your evening swim and backyard entertaining.
How Much Will It Cost To Install A Fire Pit?
The cost to put in a fire pit varies widely, depending on the style and size you choose.
A simple wood burning fire pit will cost $1,500 to $2,000. Add stonework or masonry and the cost edges up to $3,000 to $5,000
Gas-powered fire pits run between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the location and difficulty of running the gas line and electricity.
How Long Does It Take To Install A Fire Pit?
Timing depends of the style and size of your fire pit.
A simple wood-burning pit created of brick or stone can take just three days to install. Plan on a week or two for a more elaborate fireplace or gas-powered fire pit.
Check Your Local Laws
Before you start planning your fire pit, check your local ordinances regarding open flames in a residential setting.
There may be rules about fire pit size, distance your fire needs to be from structures or requirements regarding on-site fire extinguishers.
Stay Outside Longer With A Neave-Installed Fire Feature
Chase off the chill of cool summer nights or chilly autumn afternoons with a fire pit, while adding atmosphere and elegance to your outdoor space.
A fire pit adds not just physical warmth, but the emotional, communal warmth that comes from family and friends gathered together to enjoy each other’s company.
Neave Masonry can help you design the perfect custom fire pit to match your lifestyle and your home, then professionally install it so it becomes a seamless part of your outdoor living space.
We’d love to get started.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.