New Trend in Home Entertaining: Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits, by EP Henry

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More homeowners seek to take their indoor dinners out to their own patios. Heating elements extend the outdoor season and fuel the new trend.

Outdoor dining is in. More homeowners seek to take their indoor dinners out to their own patios. Heating elements extend the outdoor season and fuel the new trend.

In 2016, the American Society for Landscape Architects reports that fireplaces and firepits were in the top 10% of consumer-demanded projects, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down. Where a little chill in the air used to send people inside, homeowners now see it as time to break out the blankets and light up the night.

Every era has its iconic party trend. Entertaining in the 1950s was all about casseroles and cigars after dinner. Julia Child dominated the 1960s with her international fare. The 1970s Moosewood Cookbook introduced us all to vegetarian foods and the 80s had bagged salads and gourmet-in-a-box. It wasn’t until the 90s when celebrity chefs sparked an interest in advanced grilling techniques that the lavish outdoor party trend began. The 2000s kept moving food prep and entertaining outdoors, complemented by a focus on locally sustained foods and gardens.

As a new decade approaches, parties are getting bigger in space and in scope. A patio can typically accommodate more guests than a dining room. More and more homeowners seek to spend more time outdoors. Extending the outdoor season is a primary goal for these families.

To add this outdoor element to their lifestyle, homeowners are building patios that are ready to welcome guests with comfortable seating, built-in entertainment centers and functional fire features that lend both heat and ambiance to the space. Each season opens up opportunities for parties on a patio like this. With a television and some comfy couches, an outdoor fireplace can be the ultimate football center for friends and family. The same space can be converted into a glamorous romcom movie night cove, or be the best venue for a kid’s birthday blowout. Fortunately, the newest fireplaces and fire pit kits make a warm, outdoor space like this an attainable goal for homeowners. Kits make construction easier and quicker. While fireplaces are not usually a do-it-yourself project, some fire pit kits are perfect for home improvement enthusiasts. EP Henry offers 5 different fire pit kits in varying colors and a wide variety of fireplace kits that can be easily customized to match the home with Cast Stone Veneers.

About EP Henry®

EP Henry®, the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America, provides the highest quality and broadest product offerings in Hardscaping(™). Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of paving stone and retaining wall products, including permeable pavers which are a best management practice (BMP) for stormwater management. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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