Fire Pits and Fireplaces Gain Prominence on Patios and in Courtyards of Arizona Custom Homes!
There has always been a fascination with an outdoor fire while camping or spending time outdoors. In Arizona, this fascination has been brought home to the backyard. At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC many of our custom homebuyers want full fireplaces or built-in fire pits incorporated in the landscape of their custom home.
Some may wonder why Arizonans adore the backyard fire, one reason is because an outdoor fire can be enjoyed through so many seasons, fall, winter and spring. Having a New Year’s Eve party around the fire pit is a pleasure that we can enjoy in Arizona. An outdoor fireplace isn’t only used for parties. Sipping a morning cup of coffee by a courtyard fireplace is a luxury Arizonans can enjoy on a cool spring morning. Having an after-dinner drink by a fire pit or fireplace in comfortable outdoor furniture is a great way to end a dinner party.
As much one may like a wood burning fire pit or fireplace, in some municipalities of the Phoenix metropolitan area, outdoor wood fire pits and fireplaces are no longer permitted for new construction. This is due to air quality issues. This is one reason we recommend gas fire pits or fireplaces.
At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, we assist our custom homebuyers with the planning and design of an outdoor fireplace at the very beginning of construction. Especially important, if the fire pit or fireplace will be powered by natural gas or propane. When natural gas or propane lines are being installed during construction of the house, it’s usually easier to extend or place a gas line at the exterior of the house near the intended fireplace location ahead of time. This line can then be easily extended to the fire pit or fireplace upon its construction during the landscaping phase of the project.
- The fire pit in photo 1 is located in the backyard of a custom home, also near the outdoor grill, so the gas line was easily routed here for the fire pit.
- In photo 2 this fireplace is in the front courtyard of a Tuscan style home and is a great place to socialize with guests around the extended hearth of this fireplace.
- Located in a transitional area of the back yard, this fire pit in photo 3 included built-in seating. In the background of this photo is a Ramada that also included a full size fireplace which is highlighted by photo 4. During parties, houseguests easily flow from one area of the yard to another emphasizing the well-planned and easy flowing layout of this backyard.