Over the past year, thousands of Americans have had to get creative and find alternatives for recreation during the pandemic. A common outlet many have turned to the great outdoors. Maybe you’re one of them! Whether you’ve discovered the magic of nature for the first time or are getting back in touch with your wild side, we can all agree the outdoors and majestic. One of the easiest and most popular ways to enjoy Michigan’s natural beauty is by gathering around a fire pit. Why not upgrade that rusted metal one from the hardware store to a gorgeous fire pit installation?
If you’ve spent even one winter in Michigan, you know how dreadful the cold and short daylight hours can be. In fact, you’re probably in the minority if you don’t suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, a.k.a”SAD” in the wintertime. When you have fire to keep warm, you can get outside and alleviate both SAD and the cabin fever feeling of being cooped up all winter. And no matter what time of year it is, sitting around a bonfire has been demonstrated to bring a sense of calm and lower blood pressure. Scientists believe it’s because humans have gathered around fires for so long that it’s sort of ingrained in our DNA as something calming and reassuring.
Not only will a fire pit help you beat the winter blues, but it will also extend the usage you get from your patio or deck. Deck or patio fire pits protect you from cold weather that would otherwise force you indoors. Michigan has short summers, so it’s really a pity we only get three solid months of patio usage. But with a fire pit, you can stay warm no matter the temperature.
You don’t need a barbecue to capture that delicious smoky taste. A campfire cooking grate can easily fit over your fire pit. And if you have a gas fire pit, you won’t have to worry about fluctuating temperature! It’s a fun and easy way to bring some of the magic of camping to your backyard. Or you can keep it simple and break out the roasting forks for some good ole s’mores.
Sitting around a fire does not cost anything, and you will enjoy not only the fire but other gifts nature has for us as well. Maybe you’ll catch a beautiful sunset or catch the annual Perseid meteor shower. Or who knows – maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the UFOs that everyone’s been talking about! In any case, sitting around your fire pit is a wholesome, free activity that opens the door to a whole world of natural wonder.
Like many hardscaping features, fireplaces are an excellent way to add both aesthetic and financial value to your home. In fact, landscaping can influence your home’s value by as much as 14%. When choosing the materials for your fireplace, you might pick stones for a more natural look or something more modern and sophisticated like square pavers. You can have it hooked up to a gas line for easy ignition and more convenience, or the traditional wood-burning route.
Not only is a bonfire a free activity, but it also is a family one. You don’t need to check the rating to see if it’s kid-friendly. There’s no bad language. You don’t have to keep an eye on your children, so they don’t wander off with strangers. If someone in your family has limited mobility, you don’t have to call ahead for handicapped parking. You don’t have to pack up the stroller, car seat, wheelchair, etc. All you have to do is walk out your back door. Play games, crack jokes, recount stories from your family history. It’s a beautiful bonding experience for everyone. In fact, sitting around a fire as a family might be the most traditional family activity of all. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years!
Installing a fireplace can be a DIY project, but there are many factors you to consider, and some of them can be a major headache. Is the material rated for fire usage and high heat? Are there codes or city ordinances to follow? You can skip the red tape altogether by letting the experts at Images Landscaping handle things. We have the experience, training, and licensing to give you the fire pit of your dreams – without the hassle of doing it yourself.
Whether you’d like to run a gas line or opt for the traditional wood fit pits, the pros at Images Landscaping will bring your dream backyard to life. We service Novi, Michigan, and the surrounding communities like West Bloomfield, South Lyon, and Commerce. Our custom outdoor fire pits allow you to keep warm and enjoy the beauty of Michigan nature all year round. Isn’t it time you turned your dream backyard into reality? Call (248) 866-5442 or leave us a message about how you imagine your future fit pit. We’re excited to work with you!
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