Posted on April 26, 2013
Outdoor entertaining space has become more and more popular over the years and for more and more months of the year. Especially in our chilly New England towns of Weston, Wellesley and Wayland, for example, it is now commonplace to convene outside into the late hours of the evening in front of an outdoor fire pit or fireplace. In fact, many of the higher-end, newly constructed homes feature the option of having an outdoor fire pit or fireplace. Given all this, it begs the question – which outdoor fire choice would be your preference?
Just for a brief background, a fire pit, as defined by Wikipedia, “can vary from a pit dug in the ground to an elaborate gas burning structure of stone, brick, and metal. The common feature of fire pits is that they are designed to contain a fire and prevent it from spreading.” Generally fire pits are low-lying so they don’t impede a particular view of the property, and sometimes they can be portable units…. We are all fairly familiar with the concept of an outdoor fireplace, but to quote Wikipedia, “An outdoor fireplace is a place for building fires outside of the home. Similar in construction to an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fireplace is usually added to a stone, brick, or concrete patio. It often consists of a firebox and a chimney. As with indoor fireplaces, an outdoor fireplace requires cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking and working at its best.” Furthermore, an outdoor fireplace is generally much more of a sizable structure than the fire pit and definitely cannot be moved.
Cost is a consideration when it comes to which method of outdoor fires you choose. To give you some perspective, when I searched fire pits online, Home Depot had them starting at less than $100. Outdoor fireplaces, on the other hand, started at almost $2,000. I know for me, the choice is simple. While the outdoor fireplaces can be gorgeous works of stone and masonry, I would always opt for the less expensive, low-lying, smaller-sized and often portable fire pit option. The fire pit is less of an investment in more ways than one, especially from a price and structure perspective, with a similar fabulous effect. But that’s just me….
For more information on this or on the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.