If you’ve been wondering how to make the most of your outdoor space during winter, here’s a cool idea ‒ install an outdoor fire pit!

Day or night, outdoor fire pits provide a central space for friends and family to congregate, have a yarn and toast marshmallows. And not only do they provide a place for you to entertain (or curl up on your own with a good book), they can also add value to your home.

We’ve got you covered with all you need to know about designing and installing an outdoor fire pit at your Inner West home.

How to create an outdoor fire pit

The design of an outdoor fire pit comes down to what you want for your home. You’ll likely start your decision-making process by deciding where it will go, and it’s best to choose somewhere that has plenty of space around it for seating, and for safety reasons too.

Next, consider whether you want a look that is minimalistic, rustic, modern or something that will take centre stage. It’s best to keep it somewhat in line with the rest of your exterior décor and design, and if you already have quite a busy outdoor area, it might be best to keep it simple. However, if you have a bit of a blank canvas (or are wanting to do a bit of renovating out back) it would be worth considering how your outdoor fire pit could become the central focus of your space.

Seating is key to the success of an outdoor fire pit. Of course you want it to be comfortable, but able to withstand the elements for a number of years. And do you want it fixed or moveable? Many people also like to have their outdoor fire pit surrounded by a screen or large planters to add that extra layer of cosiness.

Thanks to the internet (think Pinterest or YouTube), there are plenty of places to grab inspiration and ideas to help build a picture of your overall design. Don’t forget to think about those extra touches that are going to take it to the next level ‒ including lighting, wood storage, furnishings (outdoor cushions, etc.) and somewhere to store/serve food and beverages.

Be aware that there are a few rules and regulations when it comes to using an outdoor fire pit in the Inner West. You may not use your fire pit for incineration, and you’re only allowed to use dry seasoned wood, LPG, natural gas or proprietary barbecue fuel. We suggest that you get a perfectly good result with a gas-fired version that will be cleaner and safer.

Where can you get fire pits in the Inner West?

Now that you’re sold on the idea of installing an outdoor fire pit, here’s where to find one in the Inner West (and surrounds).

And while Ryde isn’t exactly the Inner West, Unique Fire Pits have some amazing designs. You’ll need to phone or email to make an appointment.

What to do with your outdoor fire pit

What is there not to do with an outdoor fire pit? After all, it’s got a lot going for it. You could have themed evenings where dress-ups are compulsory, or go old school and share spooky campfire stories. Of course, watching a sunset while enjoying a delicious meal with friends will never get old, and neither will roasting marshmallows with the kids. Perhaps it could be your new spot for relaxation and meditation, with nature or soft tunes as your soundtrack.

Can we help with your Inner West home?

Whether you’re ready to sell or need help to rent your investment property, we have the experience and local knowledge to make your property journey easier.

Looking for help selling your home or renting your investment property? Our team at Belle Property Balmain support homeowners across Balmain, Balmain East, Birchgrove, Rozelle and Lilyfield. Feel free to get in touch for a no-obligation discussion or property appraisal.

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