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    Northshore Custom Fire Pit Design & Installation

    Van Zelst Firepit Services

    Think about your backyard: Is it just a yard, or a comely complement to your home? If your landscape and hardscape are more “blah” than “beautiful” and you’re looking for a way to add drama, consider adding a built-in firepit to your outdoor space. Firepits are an often overlooked way to improve the looks of your yard while also improving your quality of life. And they offer a number of other benefits, including:

    • Creating a focal point for your landscape: A firepit can provide a stunning focal point for your yard, serving as an anchor for other elements.
    • Extending your outdoor season: A warm firepit allows you and your family to enjoy your outdoor space even as evenings grow cooler
    • Increasing your home’s value: Built-in firepits can be a feature that adds value to your home
    • Providing entertainment: A firepit can serve as the impetus for an impromptu marshmallow roast with friends or a romantic evening for two

    Let the expert landscape and hardscape architects at Van Zelst create a firepit that adds beauty and value to your home. Check out some of our recent firepit projects below, then contact us for a complimentary consultation.

    Firepit with a Lake View

    Situated near a beautiful lakeside lookout, this stone firepit makes the most of a favorite gathering spot. Surrounded by lake house-inspired seating, flagstones, gravel, stone veneer and unpolished slabs complement one another and the natural setting.

    firepit with view of lake

    Gravel-Surrounded Setting

    A simple oxidized steel firepit surrounded by soft bluestone gravel creates the perfect outdoor lounge. Bluestone is also used to contain the space (and the gravel) and as steppingstones that guide visitors toward the outdoor fire.

    gravel fire pit lounge seating

    Bluestone-Capped Warmth

    When combined with stone veneer and exploded flagstones, rock-faced bluestone has a friendly, inviting effect—ideal for bringing friends and family together to chat late into the night around the firepit. This outdoor fire is a popular spot three seasons of the year.

    bluestone patio with raised firepit and 4 white Adirondack chairs

    Traditional Stone Outdoor Fireplace

    A monolithic stone-veneer fireplace provides a focal point for an outdoor lounge and helps enclose the space, blocking views of neighboring gardens. Dry-fit bluestone slabs extend from the home and bring various gathering areas within the patio together.

    stone fireplace bluestone patio surround

    A Cozy Outdoor Space

    When it's done well, your fire pit space should be welcoming and cozy, encouraging family and friends to get comfortable and stay for a while.

    These homeowners created an inviting space that features bluestone coping atop a stone fire pit and a bluestone patio surround.

    rockfaced bluestone on firepit

    A Minimalistic Approach

    Your fire pit can serve as a dramatic focal point for your yard, or can blend seamlessly with your existing landscape and hardscape elements. Here, the homeowners opted for a more minimalistic approach, using dry-set stone to form the fire pit ring atop a flagstone patio. Creeping thyme is planted in the joints, creating a more organic, natural feel.

    firepit with flagstone surround

    Rustic, Natural Materials

    When it comes to choosing materials for your firepit project, the sky's the limit. Here, the homeowners opted for a rustic, natural look with loose set granite boulders forming the fire pit walls. The bluestone chip patio surround helps further define the space.

    rustic boulder firepit with adirondack chairs

    A Woodland Oasis

    Firepits aren't just for wide-open spaces; for this project, the homeowner wanted to add a cozy firepit to an area of their yard with mature trees and ground cover. The end result is a beautiful seating area tucked into the woods, providing visual interest as well as a place for entertaining family and friends.


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    Modern Design Fire Pit

    Firepits can be designed to complement your home's style, whether it is ultra-rustic or ultra-modern. Everything in this contemporary backyard -- from the patio furniture and landscaping to the firepit -- features clean lines, creating a comfortable yet cohesive look. The firepit seating area serves as one of the space's multiple outdoor living spaces.

    All of the Elements

    Looking for a truly dramatic way to add a firepit to your space? Consider mixing two elements—fire and water—into one cohesive feature. This project combines a Tuscan lap pool with a firepit that also serves as a fountain, providing a water feature and a heat source at the same time. The top of the firepit is large enough to act as additional seating, or can serve as a table on which to place appetizers and beverages.

    Small Spaces with Big Drama

    You don't have to have a big space to create big drama in your backyard! This trendy brownstone garden features bluestone pavers with intentional gaps that highlight smaller stones. The horizontal wood wall and built-in benches lend visual warmth and depth to the area, while the contemporary firepit creates an elegant focal point.

    Organic Design

    If you're working with a large backyard space, the sky's the limit when it comes to your options. This backyard patio features stone pavers interspersed with lush grass, creating a visually interesting area that echoes the organic shapes of the home's flowerbeds and landscaping. The sunken firepit allows the homeowner and friends to enjoy a cozy evening together, sharing laughter and stories.

    Customize Your Space

    Make the most of your backyard space by adding custom touches to your existing hardscape materials. Here, the homeowners integrated their plain, gray patio floor in a high-end, elegant design. The matching firepit cap and stone-colored patio seating complement both the brick and the cement, making the area feel upscale without feeling too formal or sterile.

    Low Maintenance, High Style

    Drought-prone areas can still have welcoming, attractive outdoor living spaces. The backyard space for this French transitional home features multiple seating areas where the homeowners can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or an impromptu dinner with friends in the evening. A mixture of textures—stone, pavers, and wood—create visual interest. And the sunken firepit area with built-in seating is the perfect place for enjoying an after dinner glass of brandy or a single malt Scotch, relaxing and looking up at the stars.

    A Magical Place

    There's nothing like a firepit for creating a sense of magic in your outdoor living space. Here, the homeowners opted for a slightly sunken stone firepit area that mirrors the stone used in other areas of the yard. Built-in circular seating provides a place to sit and enjoy the fire and the view of the yard. Container plantings add a pop of color, while the hedges and trees add privacy without making the space feel too closed in.

    Contact Us About Your Firepit Ideas

    If you’ve been considering a firepit for your North Shore home, contact the landscape architects at Van Zelst today. We’ll learn about your design ideas for your home and will talk to you about how we may be able to help you create the kind of outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of.

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