Three tips to remember when considering a fire pit

Posted September 3, 2020 in 3D Design, Decks, Fire Feature, Landscape Design

As the seasons begin to change in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have you found yourself considering a fire pit to keep your backyard warm? It’s a great way to unwind, spend time with friends, and create cozy memories. But before you build a fire pit, have you considered how often you will use your fire pit? What it will look like? How it will fit in your backyard layout? Or how much it will cost?

Before you start building your fire pit, make sure you read these tips to save time, money, and space:

  • Consider how often you will use your fire pit

If you only plan to use a built-in fire pit once or twice a year, it could end up wasting a ton of space on your deck or patio. This is why it’s important to consider how often you will use your fire pit.

With MasterPLAN’s design-first approach to planning your backyard, we will begin with a conversation about how often you and your family plan to use your new fire pit. This helps us guide you into considering what the best fire pit options are for your backyard.  If you are only planning to use your fire pit a few times a year, we might recommend a fire table that offers more flexibility. This will ensure you are not wasting space on your deck or patio.

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  • Check local ordinances and codes

Fire pits are legal in most cities. However, each city typically has different ordinances for open flames. This is why it’s important to check the laws for your city so you don’t waste time or money fixing issues that could have been prevented with the proper plan and permits.

When you partner with MasterPLAN to transform your backyard we eliminate the hassle and stress by handling all the heavy lifting of your build. We will communicate with your township or municipality to determine what permits and inspections are required for your fire pit, develop your plans, and coordinate with our construction specialist to ensure the vision you have for your backyard comes to life effortlessly throughout your build!

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  • Consider the best fuel supply

When planning a fire pit you will need to decide whether you want one that burns wood, propane, or natural gas. Since all three boast a beautiful glow and offer a warm place to relax, it really comes down to your personal preference.

If you plan to use your fire pit for cooking, consider a wood-burning fire pit to add the best flavor. But keep in mind that a wood-burning fire pit can require the most effort and space.

For those of us who don’t love the campfire smell, a propane or natural gas fire pit might be the best option for your backyard in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Main Line of Philadelphia, or western New Jersey.

Building a fire pit in the Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Main Line of Philadelphia or western New Jersey should be a very exciting experience. But, we get that it is a significant investment, and you might feel overwhelmed with options about your fire pit design, material, or location. You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners- just like you-  to visualize more than just a fire pit in their backyard. We helped them design and build an outdoor living space that maximizes their home value, helped them fall in love with their home all over again, and made their backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!


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