(PRWEB) October 08, 2013
Homeowners are lighting up their outdoor spaces, bringing fire features to their patios as a top outdoor living trend and then reaping the rewards year round.
“Fire features are a great way to bring both aesthetics and function to outdoor spaces,” said Ken O’Neill, senior vice president of marketing for Belgard® Hardscapes. “Fire features present a visual focal point, plus provide a year-round cooking station and cold-weather warmth. They are one of the most popular additions to outdoor living designs we’re seeing this year as homeowners see fire features as an investment that pays off with their extended patio use.”
Outdoor living areas are becoming extensions of the home, replicating indoor spaces with modern conveniences for everything from relaxing to cooking. This year’s Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects shows that three of the top five Outdoor Living Features are fire features, with fire pits/fireplaces taking the top spot. It’s a trend that’s popular throughout the country.
“Fire features get a lot of use in summer, when kids can enjoy late nights roasting marshmallows and families tend to do all their cooking outside,” O’Neill said. “The greatest benefit, though, is how fire features extend the outdoor season by providing a heat source that makes being on your patio pleasant in late fall, and, in some places, throughout the winter.”
Among popular outdoor living features are patios with outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, fire tables and built-in grills, all complementing amenities and social spaces such as eating areas, bars, pool decks, and built-in seating.
“Choosing fire features is a fun step in designing a patio, but there are certain considerations that should go into the selection process that ensure safety for your family and synergy for the space,” O’Neill said.
About Belgard® Hardscapes
Belgard® Hardscapes, part of Oldcastle® Architectural, offers a complete collection of paver and wall products for outdoor living spaces, walkways, driveways, parking areas and retaining walls. Available in a range of styles, premium Belgard products have been found in America’s finest homes and award-winning commercial and retail properties since 1995. For more information or a complimentary Idea Book, visit http://www.Belgard.com or call 1-877-Belgard (235-4273). Find more inspiring outdoor space ideas at http://www.Facebook.com/BelgardHardscapes.