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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.

    A Firepit Adds Rich Visual Appeal to Your Landscape

    raised stone fire pit on flagstone patio

    Fire pits can create a real focal point for your landscape--and when you add seating, a patio and appropriate plantings, the effect is even more stunning. In the daytime, the shape and size of them naturally call one’s eye, beckoning you to take a second look. And in the evening when the fire is going, a firepit is the true star of the yard, drawing you towards it like literal moths to a flame.

    For this Bull Valley, Illinois project, the homeowners wanted to create a stone firepit that would add interest to their backyard area off of the home’s screened-in porch, ultimately choosing a stacked Lannon stone firepit topped with bluestone and surrounded by flagstone pavers. As a lovely finishing touch, Van Zelst landscape designers made ample use of perennials planted in curvilinear beds to provide lush green ground cover, interspersed with glorious pops of color.

    A Firepit Extends Your Outdoor Season


    It’s no secret that winters can be harsh in the North Shore area. But what if you could get a little more time out of your outdoor space, spending time enjoying your landscape with your friends and family? With the warmth and ambiance created by a firepit, you can.

    For this project, the Highland Park, Illinois homeowner’s original landscape plan consisted of little more than a small back deck. But after working with Van Zelst to realize their vision, we created a comprehensive plan that included a pool, spa and fire pit. The wood-burning fire pit, built from long-lasting Lannon stone and surrounded by an ample bluestone patio, serves as a true outdoor living space for the family—you can often find them there, gathering with friends and enjoying the beautiful evening. Though winter still comes at the same time every year, the family is able to enjoy their yard for much longer into the fall, and much earlier in the spring.

    A Built-In Firepit Adds Real Value to Your Home

    kenilworth flagstone firepit

    Like other upgrades to your home and landscape, a firepit can add value to your home by adding a feature that would interest a potential buyer. But unlike portable firepits that may look nice for a season and then begin to rust or otherwise deteriorate, built-in firepits are built to last and to fit in with your home. For example, on this Kenilworth, Illinois firepit, Van Zelst used flagstone and bluestone, both known to be not only beautiful but extremely high-quality, built to withstand the elements and continue offering stellar performance.

    This fire pit, part of an enhancement that included an updated patio and a pool house addition, suits the homeowner’s lifestyle perfectly. With their children going to high school and their teen years, the fire pit gives them the perfect place to hang out with friends and have a bit of privacy while still keeping them close to home. And when the kids head off to college and lives of their own, mom and dad will be able to enjoy the quiet nights around the firepit themselves, knowing that they’ve made a smart upgrade investment.

    A Firepit Turns an Evening Outside into an Event


    Want the recipe for a great event? It’s easy when you have a built-in firepit. All you do is add a few logs, a match and some friends. Wait for dusk and cool weather and voila—it’s done! There’s something about a firepit that turns an ordinary evening into an extraordinary evening. And if you want to add a glass of wine, tell a ghost story or roast a few hot dogs over the open flame, you can simply consider that a bonus.

    For this recent project in Glenview, Illinois the homeowners wanted to create the feeling of an ‘in the woods” campfire of their youth. With this in mind, Van Zelst recommended placing their firepit at the intersection of two winding paths, where it is surrounded by mature trees and cannot be easily seen from the house. This area, which has a secluded feel, offers the homeowners a feeling of privacy with all of the conveniences of home just a few steps away. The homeowners can easily enjoy a quiet evening with just the two of them or can invite dinner guests to join them for post-dinner cocktails at their own fireside retreat.

    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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