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Multi-Dimensional Fire Pit Patios That Add Flare to Outdoor Living in Orange County, CA

Fire pits continue to rise in popularity, and with good reason. They add a fun and relaxing element to any outdoor space. The latest fire pit trends involve incorporating multi-dimensional patio design to create the ultimate backyard haven. Below are 10 dimensional fire pit patio designs that would instantly become everyone’s favorite gathering spot in your backyard.

1. PRACTICAL ELEGANCE

According to a recent national survey of landscape architects, built-in seating is one of the top trends in outdoor living. This fire pit patio incorporates built-in seat walls, yet also leaves room for optional patio furniture. The design also incorporates permeable pavers on both the patio flooring and the seat ledges, ensuring that rainwater instantly infiltrates into the hardsapes.

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Products: Belair Wall® (fire pit/walls) and Urbana® Stone (pavers/seats).
2. ROOM WITH A VIEW

This terraced patio incorporates both manufactured stone and natural stone to create a rustic look that coordinates well with the picturesque mountainside view.

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Products: Mega-Lafitt® (pavers) and Country Manor® Fire Pit with Tandem® Wall Cap (fire pit trim).
3. CARVED OUT OF NATURE

This design takes the natural look a step further by not only using natural stone as a landscape accent, but as a integrated element of the walls and fire pit. The surrounding landscape wall functions as a way to define the outdoor room, but also provides a ledge for additional seating.

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Products: Tandem® Wall (fire pit and landscape wall), Mega-Arbel®(primary paver field), Old World Paver™ (inlaid border), Urbana® Stone (border).
4. SUNKEN OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM

By terracing off a sloped yard with retaining walls, this homeowner was able to emulate the effect of a sunken living room off of the pool deck, creating an intimate fireside gathering spot.

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Products:Belair Wall® (fire pit, steps and walls) and Lafitt® Rustic Slab (patio).
5. DESTINATION SPOT

This terraced fire pit patio offers built-in enclosed seating on three sides, but leaves the fourth wall completely open for foot traffic. The angular design adds a formal touch to balance the rough-hewn textures of the hardscapes.

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Products: Celtik® Wall (steps, fire pit and walls) and Mega-Arbel® (pavers).
6. PRIVATE RETREAT

Natural greenery creates a virtual wall to block the wind and create an intimate atmosphere for this terraced fire pit patio. A retaining wall adds a finished look and provides a ledge for additional built-in seating.

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Products: Weston Stone® (fire pit and seat wall) and Mega-Lafitt® (patio pavers and steps).
7. INTIMATE NOOK

The low profile of the fire pit makes the seat wall the focal point of this design. The elegant arched wall is flanked with columns to create a striking look. The sunken level surrounding the fire pit creates a ledge that’s the perfect height for small children to sit and enjoy the fire.

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Products: Weston Stone® (fire pit and seat wall) and Urbana® Stone (pavers).
8. MEDITERRANEAN FLARE

The decorative wall surrounding this fire pit uses Mediterranean design influences to help define the perimeter of the patio. The multi-level terraced design adds to the stylish look.

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Products: Weston Stone® (wall/columns), Belair Wall® (fire pit/stairs), Mega-Arbel® (primary paver field), Old World Paver™ (inlaid paver border) and Urbana® Stone (paver border).
9. INTEGRATED DESIGN

Sweeping arches define the separate “rooms” of this multi-dimensional outdoor living space, tying everything together into one cohesive and flowing design. Built-in low-voltage hardscape lighting adds ambience and adds a safety factor for each of the level changes.

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Products: Belair Wall® (fire pit, steps, seat walls, columns), Mega-Arbel® (fire pit patio pavers) and Lafitt® (pool deck).
10. KITCHEN ADJACENT

This fire pit patio connects to the outdoor kitchen and provides an excellent place for family and guests to gather while the outdoor chef prepares dinner. Paver designs help define the transition from one outdoor “room” to the next.

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Products: Weston Stone® (seat walls, columns, kitchen), Lafitt® Rustic Slab (transition, borders), Bullnose Paver (step), Old World Paver™ (inlaid paver border), Mega-Arbel® (primary paver field).

Outdoor Fireplace and Fire Pit Maintenance Tips in Orange County

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Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits constructed with Belgard hardscapes are designed to last for the life of your home. However, as we begin to move into the outdoor fire season, it’s important to properly prepare and maintain these fire features to ensure safety and functionality, both this season and for many years to come.

Keep it Clean
Regular cleaning of your fire feature is important for both safety and functionality. For gas units, debris and spiderwebs can clog the burners and cause malfunctions. For wood-burning units, accumulation of water or leaves can cause sparks and floating embers that could become a fire hazard. Be sure to remove any old ashes, coals, and water, and blow out any debris and spiderwebs prior to lighting your fireplace or fire pit. It’s also a good idea to purchase doors for your fireplace or a cover for your fire pit. This will help reduce the amount of debris and water accumulation, in addition to keeping out snow and ice in colder climates.

Hardwood is Better
Although many people like to just gather any type of limbs from the yard for burning in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, this can be a safety hazard. Green wood and softwoods, such as pine, can hold a lot of water, which will create a lot of smoke and sparks as it burns. This is particularly dangerous for fire pits, which are more open and allow sparks to shoot out in multiple directions. For cleaner and safer fires, stock up on dry hardwoods, like oak or maple. To keep the wood dry, do not store it directly on the ground where it can pull moisture from the earth, in addition to attracting critters like snakes and termites.

Gas Starter Retrofitting and Maintenance
All wood-burning Belgard Elements fireplaces and fire pits are designed to allow for gas retrofitting — either with a gas starter system, or a full gas burner. Log igniters are particularly popular and typically last about 8 to 10 years before beginning to rust and requiring replacement. Remote controlled ignition systems are also popular. These can be designed for operation from inside of the house or from a mobile app. However, they often require additional maintenance, as wires and batteries can corrode due to exposure to the elements. For best long-term results, use a simple push-button igniter, similar to the ignition system on a standard gas grill. With fewer working parts, this simple system will typically last more seasons than a remote system.

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The Warmth of a Fire

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This custom site-built fireplace is flanked by built-in Celtik® Wall seat walls for additional seating.

One thing that distinguishes anevent from an experience is the creation of a lasting memory. Reflecting on our lives, we flip though these memories like the well-worn pages of a favored book, calling to mind the sights, sounds, flavors and textures of the world around us at that particular moment in time.

fireplace or fire pit can transform a backyard or patio into the family’s favorite gathering spot and become the place where memories are made. In the setting of the dancing lights and earthy aromas of a crackling fire, a cup of coffee becomes a meditative retreat; a backyard gathering becomes a lively marshmallow roast; a glass of wine becomes a romantic interlude; an event becomes an experience.

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The rustic Bristol Fireplace and matching wood boxes are part of the Belgard Elements™ Collection of modular outdoor living units.

That’s why fire features have become the hottest growing trend in outdoor living. Over the last few years, the outdoor living room concept has flourished as homeowners yearn to make their outdoor spaces as warm and inviting as the interior of their homes. By doing so, a homeowner can create an outdoor living space that is a true extension of the home and reflects the personality of those who live there.

The Bordeaux Fireplace is the latest in the Belgard Elements series and features a stacked-stone appearance.

The Bordeaux Fireplace is the latest in the Belgard Elements series of modular pieces and features a stacked-stone appearance.

Just as theindoor living room often centers around a fireplace, the outdoor fireplace acts as a striking centerpiece to the visual look of an outdoor living room and goes a step further by becoming the center of outdoor life, as a whole. Young and old alike are drawn to both its figurative and literal warmth. The appeal of fire crosses all strata and knows no age or cultural boundaries. Around the fire, time stands still as stories are told, lives are shared, and experiences become memories.

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Product Spotlight: Brick Ovens

design3Nothing beats the flavor of wood-fired cooking. That’s why Belgard Hardscapes has partnered with Chicago Brick Oven to offer a full line of brick ovens. Inspired by the ancient Italian wood-burning ovens first used over four thousand years ago, the secret to our ovens is our authentic, low-height dome design. The design creates a unique FlameRoll™, which generates high, even temperatures for balanced cooking and genuine wood-fired taste. Made from high-strength, cast-refractory materials, our ovens ensure long-lasting performance and reliability. All components are built in the USA and have been specifically designed to withstand North American climate extremes. With five different lines available, there’s a Belgard Brick Oven to fit any lifestyle, from compact urban spaces to expansive suburban backyards, and even a new model you take on the road.

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 Belgard Elements Collection, the Elements brick oven is pre-built in a factory and quickly installed on-site to offer the look of a custom installation for less time and expense. The Elements oven is available in three designer styles: Brighton Series, Bristol Series, and Wexford Series.

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With four versions to choose from, the counter top brick oven offers a small footprint and can easily turn any outdoor kitchen into a gourmet cooking space without the time and expense of a full custom installation. The counter top oven is available in copper or silver finish with either a pyramid (shown) or dome roof line.

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The perfect complement to an existing grill and patio, the mobile brick oven is available in two colors and two different styles and comes with a durable steel cart for portability around the backyard. Like the table top, the mobile oven is available with a silver or copper finish in either the dome (shown) or pyramid roof line.

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The hybrid oven is available in the Elements, table top, and mobile versions.

Hybrid Brick Oven

Our hybrid gas/wood brick oven allows you to cook with either gas, wood, or a combination of both heat sources simultaneously. The hybrid oven includes a two-burner gas system, with an infrared burner under the hearth and an ambient burner at the back of the hearth. Wood can also be burned at the back or side of the oven to provide smoky wood-fired flavor.

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Now, you can take your passion for wood-fired cooking on the road with our new towableTailgater package, making it possible to take the unmatched experience of wood-fired cooking and entertaining to collegiate and professional football games, motorsport events, music concerts, festivals, and more. The Tailgater is currently available in the wood-burning model and will be available in the hybrid gas/wood model in 2015.

Product Spotlight: Brighton Fireplace Series

Summer is winding down, which means fall is quickly approaching. Crisp leaves, shorter days, and cool nights are on the horizon.

But colder weather doesn’t have to sentence you to an eternity cooped up inside. In fact, there’s no better time to grab the family and lounge next to a warm fire! Belgard's Brighton Fireplace Series is just what you need to make sure your outdoor nights don’t end.

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We know money doesn’t grow on trees, so Belgard created the Brighton Series to address the need for a lower-priced fireplace set. Featuring the same 36’’ firebox as the other fireplace collections, the Brighton is a great option for those who want to enjoy an outdoor fire without breaking the bank.

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The Brighton Fireplace is available in wood-burning, natural gas, and liquid propane configurations, and can come with or without a chimney/top. Measurements vary depending on installation, but you can plan for your fireplace to be approximately 3.3’D X 4.3’W X 8.5’H.

The series also includes beautiful wood boxes sold in units of two that measure approximately 2.3’D X 3’W X 2.9’H. Don’t worry about fetching wood from another storage area when you’re running low—keep it right next to your Brighton fireplace!

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When planning for your fireplace, make sure you keep the rest of your hardscape in mind. We have a multitude of brick hues like tan, slate, mist, or haze to match your current outdoor theme. Or, use a variety of shades to give your fireplace added dimension! We have everything you need to be sure your fireplace complements your hardscape.

Fall is on its way, and you don’t want to miss out on those crisp nights next to a warm fire. So, make sure you’re ahead of the game and order your Brighton Fireplace today!

Article by Belgard Hardscapes

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