Using a fire element as an accent piece can be a difficult task if not thought of in advance. It is important when you are planning your space to be aware of the flow of traffic. Sometimes making your new fire pit table or fire pit the center of attention can break up the flow of traffic in way that isn’t necessarily ideal. If there are already elements in your yard, such as a pool, children’s playground equipment or other non moveable structures make sure to allow proper walking areas for guests and their children alike. For busy or over crowded areas, the placement of a fire element or feature such as a fire pit table should probably be best situated into a corner with low level seating or even set into the ground if possible. This will give the space a more intimate feel without having to build walls or structures around the area. It is also important to make sure that the structure around the fire pit table is 4 feet or higher to avoid a potentially dangerous situation for a young child. If there is a pool in the center of your yard, think of also incorporating the fire feature into a non-usable waterfall that flows into your pool. Keep your mind open to possibilities for building an outdoor space that involves several different features and you will have a result that is not only multifunctional but also dynamic in design.
Archive for March, 2012
Sometimes when planning out an outdoor space, there are too many options and not enough ground rules. When getting inspired remember to think about what may work for your space and only your space. The outdoors can have a dramatic effect on how we use the space. If your backyard is a total blank canvas and has no preset design elements, think of how you would like to use the space and what you would do most in the space. For example, if you are thinking that you will use it as a retreat like setting set up areas for reading, listening to music or simply relaxing. If you think that you may entertain, make sure to incorporate seating through the use of a traditional table and chairs or around a fire pit table. This will ensure that your guest will have a comfortable spot to rest when they enjoy your yard. On the other hand, if you have children and need a play area for them as well, build a sand plot inside a planter like shape along the wall of your fencing. This will prove to be a very flexible spot for when they grow, you can focus on growing that garden you always wanted. Whichever direction your design goes, make sure to think about the use of space beforehand. This will ensure that you and your guests will enjoy your new outdoor space now and hereafter.
Simply incorporating seating and a table with a covering or accessory can create a basic outdoor space. If you are looking for more than just a standard, basic, simple space you should make a list to make sure that you are getting all of the touches to the space that you want. The first area to think of is the ground cover and material used. If your outdoor space has a basic concrete area, think of creative ways to make the space feel more like an indoor space. One way is to incorporate an outdoor rug into the setting to give it a warmer, cozier feel. Another way to add color into the space is by staining the concrete. Choosing a pattern, such as a large diamond pattern, will give the space color as well as adding a motif and room like quality to your outdoor space. Next, think of the ceiling or covering that is going to be above the outdoor area. Shop for outdoor, rustic pieces that give the space some flair. Chandeliers and other fancier lighting give a formal feel to what was a boring, basic space. After addressing the space above, think about creating faux walls by hanging outdoor curtains that can easily open and close, giving flexibility to the space. Hang outdoor fixtures and wall pieces to the side of your home or outdoor walls to create a memorable scene. Last, but not least, choose comfortable furniture that is easy to clean and made from durable fabrics. Nowadays, furniture for an outdoor space can look almost exactly like your favorite couch that’s inside your living room. Make sure to shop around for the best prices and always find something that works for both you and your guests. In the end, you will have an amazing outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come.