4 Considerations for a Residential Fire Feature


It’s officially spring here in northern Nevada, and the weather is predictably unpredictable. We’ve cycled through rain, snow, wind, and sunshine, but we’re moving closer to more enjoyable temperatures. Despite the unsettled weather, many people’s thoughts are turning to their landscaping. And it makes sense. Local stores are selling plants and flowers, irrigations systems are being turned on, mowers pulled out of the garage or shed, and folks are looking at their outdoor spaces with a critical eye toward possible improvements. Top of the list? A fire feature! If this is the year you make it happen, HLC is sharing four considerations for a residential outdoor fire feature.

Consider Usable Space & Location

If your fire feature visions are still in the dream stage, start narrowing your options with space considerations. How much room are you working with? Both fire pits and outdoor fireplaces will require varying amounts of space, and starting with square footage is always helpful. Keep in mind it’s not just the footprint of the fire feature itself you’ll need to factor, but the area you’ll need for seating. A good rule of thumb is five to seven feet around your fire feature.

This is also a good time to think about whether you want this to be a covered feature or out under the stairs. Answering this question can help you starting thinking about things things like fire feature height, chimney and ceiling height if applicable, and fuel type.

Consider How You’ll Use It

Think through your goal for a fire feature. Is it going to be the centerpiece of your outdoor space? Is its primary use warmth or ambience, or both? Do you want included spots for accessories? There are multiple features that can be incorporated into fire features, so think about what you’d like the primary purpose to be, and start planning from there.

Consider Portability vs Permanence

In-ground or freestanding is another consideration, with pros and cons to each option. Permanent structures require more planning and preparation, but can be wonderful features you’ll enjoy for years to come. Portable versions can have their benefits too, so think about what you’re trying to achieve.

Consider Style

Beyond portability/permanence, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can come in all sizes, shapes, designs, and materials. For a cohesive aesthetic, you’ll want to match your fire feature with your space so that it fits in seamlessly. This is where a landscape designer can offer insight and recommendations.

If you’re ready to learn more about adding a fire feature to your outdoor space, the pros at Harris Landscape Construction in Reno are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and let’s work on a design that brings your outdoor fire feature dreams to life.


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