Do you want to provide your family with a place to hang out in your backyard both on warm summer nights and on chilly fall evenings? Then you might want to kick around the idea of putting a fire pit into place.

More Americans have started to install fire pits in their backyards than ever before in recent years. It has led to a huge spike in the total number of fire pits sold and led to new types of fire pits being developed.

There are tons of different backyard fire pit ideas a landscaping company can help you bring to life in the Chicago area. You should spend some time learning about your fire pit options before opting to put one into place.

Here is a quick guide on how to create the backyard fire pit of your dreams while working with a qualified outdoor landscaping company.

Search for the Right Place to Put a Fire Pit

Before you can start coming up with any backyard fire pit ideas for a landscaping company, you are going to need to give thought to where you would like to put a fire pit. There will be a few things to consider when it comes to the location of a fire pit.

First and foremost, you will need to avoid positioning a fire pit too close to your home for obvious reasons. You will also need to steer clear of installing a fire pit too close to any other structures on your property like sheds, garages, etc.

Additionally, you will need to keep a fire pit away from trees and other landscaping touches that could potentially ignite if the fire gets to be too large. Recreational fires started by fire pits are, unfortunately, on the rise.

And last but definitely not least, you should try to get a sense of which way the wind is typically going to blow the smoke from your fire pit. You don’t want it to blow smoke into your home or into a neighboring home. Positioning it in the right location will help you avoid doing this.

Decide Which Type of Fire Pit You Want

Once you know where you would like to put a fire pit in your backyard in Chicago, you can move on to picking out the type of fire pit you want. As we alluded to earlier, there are lots of types of fire pits to choose from these days.

There are wood-burning fire pits, natural gas fire pits, propane fire pits, and even gel-fuel fire pits. There are also metal fire pits, stone fire pits, and fire pits made out of many other materials.

You can also find fire pits that will come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. You should shop around for fire pits for a little while so that you are able to get a better sense of which types you like more than all the rest.

Choose the Best Seating for a Fire Pit

Your goal when having a fire pit installed in your backyard is going to be to provide your family with a place to gather so that you can all relax by the fire in your fire pit together. When you are doing this, you’re most likely going to want to be seated in comfortable chairs.

Just like there are many types of fire pits, there are also many types of seats that you can put by a fire pit. You can strategically position Adirondack chairs around a fire pit and move them around as you see fit.

You can also set up permanent bench seating made out of stone that’ll stay in one place all the time.

It would be worth spending time thinking about how many people might be seated around your fire pit on a regular basis and what type of seating would work best for them. It will help you narrow down all the options that will be available to you.

Select Other Features for a Fire Pit Area

There are many other features that you can include in the design for a fire pit area in your Chicago backyard. For example, you might want to surround a fire pit with a stone wall so that you are able to keep this area contained. You can also dig up the ground surrounding a fire pit and lay down small stones to separate this area from the rest of your backyard.

Put the Plans for a Fire Pit in Motion

Now that you know the important design elements of building a fire pit in your backyard, are you ready to get the process started?

Martin John Company would love to speak with you more about the ideas you have for your fire pit. Martin John Company has the expertise and experience it takes to bring backyard fire pit ideas to life. You will be able to rely on them to help you create the perfect fire pit for your backyard.

This design process will include these steps:

  1. Holding a consultation and site survey that will involve discussing your ideas and goals for the space
  2. Taking measurements of the place where you would like to put a fire pit making sure it will work with your ideas
  3. Putting together a landscape design that revolves around your new fire pit area
  4. Creating detailed design plans
  5. Design review for feedback, edits, and approval

Once plans are approved, Martin John Company will handle all aspects of the project from preparing your backyard for your new fire pit, sourcing all the necessary materials, and installation. 

Contact us now to get started.