It’s summertime in Michigan! After being confined indoors during the winter months, most Michiganders will be making the most out of every sunny, dry day they can get.
A huge trend right now for Michigan homeowners is bringing the comfort of the indoors, outside. This outdoor living goes beyond setting up a patio table and some chairs. Homeowners are building outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits and more.
Not only will outdoor living allow you to maximize your entertainment and summer fun, installing the following hardscape features will boost your curb appeal and significantly increase your property value.
Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular and come equipped with a grill, full size oven, food prep area as well as storage areas.
Have you ever hosted a party only to find yourself closed off indoors, prepping and cooking meals while most of your guests are gathered outside enjoying the sunshine? An outdoor kitchen will allow you to prepare almost any meal and enjoy the company of friends and family at the same time.
Cooking outdoors also keeps smoke and other food odors from lingering inside and will help you save on energy bills, as your oven will no longer be competing with the air conditioning.
An outdoor fireplace creates the cozy ambiance of a living room and allows you to extend your entertainment late in to the evening when temperatures begin to drop, especially on those chilly nights.
In fact, Michigan homeowners are finding that not only can they increase their time outdoors each night, a fireplace extends outdoor enjoyment later in the year. So instead of heading indoors on a cool October night, you can gather in front of your outdoor fireplace to make the most of the limited beautiful evenings Michigan has to offer.
Outdoor Fire Pits
Another type of fire feature you can install is a fire pit. Although, both fireplaces and fire pits will provide warmth, lighting and relaxation, a fire pit will provide a different experience than an outdoor fireplace.
Fire pits will be lower to the ground and accessible all the way around the structure, creating the feeling of being around a campfire. They are great for socializing and create the perfect setting for story telling and roasting marshmallows.
If you want to make the most out of your fire pit and extend seating, enclose your patio with retaining wall seating around the fire pit. Add fun outdoor pillows and cushions to provide the ultimate comfort for you and your guests.
Choosing Your Hearth – Fire Pit or Fireplace?
If you’re undecided about which outdoor hearth is right for your home, first determine what type of environment you would like to create. Fireplaces are best for an intimate setting or small gathering. Fire pits will accommodate larger groups of people with 360 degrees of seating that encourages socializing.
Are you in an area that receives a lot of wind? Perhaps an outdoor fireplace will help block the wind, as opposed to a fire pit that is open to the elements.
Consider the landscape of your backyard. Remember that an outdoor fireplace will be the main focal point and may block other landscape or water features that you enjoy. If you want to include a fire feature and maintain all views of your yard, a fire pit may be the best solution.
Ready to Enhance Your Michigan Outdoor Living and Increase Your Home’s Value?
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