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A very hot trend… FIRE PITS

Homeowners often ask to incorporate fire pits to their master landscape plans – which we love to do! It brings families together in the evenings. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows or having a glass of wine near a warm, crackling fire it’s a great way to get outdoors during & after the twilight hour. Our designers love to place them as a destination area in the yard, nestled around some vegetation. There are so many styles and materials you can use to make each fire pit stand out & unique. Look at your backyard when you get home, do you see a good spot for one?!

Large boulders with gravel seating area – rustic, relaxed style.

A little more permanent than a gravel seating area – here’s a tight jointed flagstone patio with dry stacked stone fire pit. Love the chairs!!

A more formal approach would be a dimensional bluestone patio with a mortar stone fire pit. This style is definitely one of the more popular options.

A great example of a fire pit nestled in the natural woodland setting. So peaceful and private.

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A look ahead…

“2014 is all about balance.  People finally appreciate that being in nature and in the garden is pure bliss. But now they want the garden to do double duty: A Zen oasis and the social hub for entertaining.” –Katie Dubow, creative director of Garden Media.

At Van Zelst, Inc. these growing trends have always and will continue to be a part of our philosophy.

Year Round Outdoor Living
A fire feature is a great way to extend the season.  Fire pits have become quite popular in the landscape.

Van Zelst, Inc., fire pit

The Outdoor Kitchen
For the chef in the family this is a great amenity. Now the chef can be a part of the social gathering in your outdoor living space. These spaces can be as simple as a built in grill to a complete “kitchen” with sink, refrigerator, pizza oven, etc.

Van Zelst, Inc., outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Seating and Dining areas
Bringing the indoors out requires comfortable spaces for family and friends.  A table to gather round and break bread can create lasting memories.

Van Zelst, Inc., Glenview Residence

These are just a few of the trends of 2014, want to know more? Check us out at www.vanzelst.com .

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