Fire Pit Safety Tips from Archadeck of Chicagoland

Learn how to keep your family and pets safe with these important fire pit safety tips.

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Backyard fire pits are a rising trend among outdoor living spaces.  Fire pits conveniently provide a way to enjoy the backyard during cooler weather and are perfect for homeowners who enjoy entertaining or spending time outside with their family. A warm fire creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere, whether you’re curling up quietly under the stars or laughing with a group of friends.  Ensure everyone has a good time and stays safe by implementing these important safety tools.

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Pros and Cons of Fire Pits

Deciding to add a fire pit to your outdoor living space is exciting!  At first thought, a fire pit seems a quick and easy decision.  But when you start researching, the seemingly infinite options begin to feel daunting.  At Archadeck of Chicagoland, we know fire pits! Perhaps we can offer some information that will help determine your best fire feature.  Let’s start with the basic wood and gas burning fire pits.

Patio With Built-In Fire Pit - Designed by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Wood Burning Fire Pits

If you’re looking for an authentic campfire atmosphere, a wood burning fire pit is a good way to go.   The smoky smell and the popping and crackling of the wood helps the bustling world around you fall away.  Life is good when you’re roasting marshmallows and laughing with your friends and family around the fire.

Wood Burning Pros

  • Larger fires
  • Wood is inexpensive
  • Affordable to install
  • Enhanced ambiance

Wood Burning Cons

  • Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
  • Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
  • Blowing smoke

Gas Starter Fire Pit by Archadeck of Chicagoland

Natural Gas Fire Pits

Natural gas fire pits give you the warm, glowing ambience we enjoy when gathered around a fire with the ease of flipping a switch. Natural gas is a much cleaner burn and creates less smoke and flying sparks, making it great option for environments where children are present or for those bothered by smoke.

Natural Gas Pros

  • Light or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
  • Minimal to no cleanup
  • Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
  • Cleaner burn, less smoke

Natural Gas Cons

  • Smaller fires
  • Gas line must be installed
  • More expensive than wood 

Fire Pit with Fire Glass

Fire Glass

Looking to add a little pizzaz to your fire pit or fireplace?  Fire glass creates a stunning look and is easy to work with.  This heat tempered glass is processed through a tumbler to prevent sharp edges.  Because it doesn’t burn or break down, you can use them for years.  Fire Glass is used to replace gas logs. The glass will instantly transform your living space with flames dancing above the dazzling fire glass.

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Fire Glass Pros

  • No toxic fumes, smoke, ash, or soot
  • Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from.
  • Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt, or discolor.
  • Radiate 3-4 times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs.

Fire Glass Cons

  • As with all glass products, there is the risk of breaking pieces if mishandled. When re-installing after moving, there may be some glass sediment or broken pieces at the bottom of your container.

If you are considering adding an outdoor living space to your backyard, give us a call.  You can reach us at (847) 749-2373 or sign up for a Free Design Consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Custom Design: It’s All In The Details

At Archadeck of Chicagoland, custom design is our specialty.  We took great joy in designing this paver patio with our clients.  From the spacious layout to the clearly defined living sections, this patio is truly unique.  We start with a design plan that is tweaked and adjusted until it is exactly what our client is looking for.  As you can see in this design, we created separate spaces that transition nicely for grilling, dining, seating, and the hot tub.

Design PlanFor this particular design, we used a different color of stone for the Soldiers Course.  This helped to clearly define the different spaces while creating a striking and aesthetically pleasing look.

Paver Patio with Soldiers CourseFire pits and seat walls offer a warm and inviting space for family and friends.

Paver PatioIf a hot tub is desired, it is important to incorporate the space in the design so that the space flows easily.

Paver PatioAdding low voltage lighting to your outdoor living space creates an intimate feel while transforming your patio into a nighttime wonderland.

Patio LightingIf you are considering a patio, deck, or other outdoor living space, please give Archadeck of Chicagoland a call.  Our design consultants would love to speak with you!  You may contact us at (847) 749-2373 or email us at chicagoland@archadeck.net

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Expanding Your Paver Patio

One of the benefits of paver patios is the ability to modify or expand your patio design.  Last year, Archadeck of Chicagoland designed and built a patio in Libertyville, IL for these clients.  This year, they decided to expand the patio and add a fire pit and grill surround.  We removed the existing soldiers course and integrated the pavers so that the patio design remained seamless. The soldiers course was replaced around the edges of the new patio and around the inset circle for definition.  The finished project resulted in a beautiful and spacious area to enjoy with friends and family.

Paver Patio with Fire Pit and Grill Surround

Expanded Paver Patio with Fire Pit

Paver Patio with Grill Surround

Expanded Paver Patio with Grill Surround

Fire Pit

New Fire Pit

Stone Grill Surround

New Westin Wall Grill Surround

Paver Patio with Grill Surround and Fire Pit

Expanded Paver Patio with Fire Pit and Grill Surround

Soilders Course for Paver Patio

Soldiers Course Around Patio and Circle Inset

Top 10 Fun Ideas For The Thanksgiving Season

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are reminded to be thankful for the good around us.  We needn’t wait for a holiday to celebrate the things we’re thankful for.  Gratitude is good for you, so surround yourselves with your loved ones and start celebrating!  What can you do?  Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.

RAK jarCreate a RAK Jar (Random Acts of Kindness)

Every day, randomly do something kind for someone else.  Write it on a strip of paper and place it in a jar.  By the time Thanksgiving arrives, your family will be brimming with happiness.  Bring the jar out on Thanksgiving day and read the random acts of kindness together.   If you really enjoyed this, try it for a full year.  It’s amazing how much happiness you’ll find when you’re actively being kind or helpful to others.

 

bake memoriesBake Up Memories in the Kitchen

Make a little party or play date out of it.  Everyone brings their favorite Holiday cookie recipe and you make a day of baking, laughing, and loving.  Everyone goes home with a plate of delicious holiday cookies.

 

 

Toasty FireGet Toasty by the Fire

Do you have a fire pit on your patio?  Curl up in warm blankets in front of the fire, sip on hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and roast marshmallows.  Enjoy the last bits of autumn outside.  Too chilly?  Enjoy the fireplace inside!

 

 

Thanksgiving TableclothThanksgiving Celebration Tablecloth

Want a great way to record what you’re thankful for each year?  Buy a plain tablecloth and provide fabric markers for your guests to write what they’re thankful for.  Ask that they sign and date each message.  Use this tablecloth year after year as a family tradition.

 

 

Thank a heroShow Your Gratitude to an Unsung Hero

Get together with your family and decide on a person or a group in your community who could use an extra pat on the back, ie. firefighters, soldiers, police officers, volunteers. Put together a special plate of goodies and deliver it (or pack it up for shipping) as a family.

 

 

Famer marketVisit the Craft Shows, Farmers Markets, and Parades

Plenty of family fun can be had locally.  You can find a list of many events in the Chicagoland area on our Event Calendar.

 

 

VolunteerVolunteer

Spending a holiday with people who are less fortunate tends to remind us to be grateful for all that we have. It’s truly rewarding to help others in need.  HandsOn Suburban Chicago is a great site that helps match those that want to volunteer with opportunities to serve their community.

 

 

Gratitude JournalKeep A Family Gratitude Journal Throughout the Year

Each night, a family member can share something that they are thankful for. Share the highlights of this family tradition at the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.

 

 

GobbleStart an Exchange with Your Friends, In Your Neighborhood, or at Work

Who doesn’t like a little surprise?  You’ve Been Gobbled! is a fun little exchange where you secretly leave a treat on the doorstep of a neighbor along with the Gobble, Gobble poem that gives simple instructions to keep the game going.

 

 

Thanksgiving GamesPlay a Game

Enjoy a little laughter with your friends and family by playing a fun game.  Turkey Feathers is a fun game the adults and children can enjoy together.  Need more?  Here’s a great list to get you started

Fall 2013 Bucket List

How much fun can be had in the autumn months?  Tons!
Host an outdoor party
Go on a fall camping trip
Visit a farmers market
Enjoy hot apple cider on the deck
Roast pumpkin seeds
Jump in a pile of leaves
Go to a harvest festival
Trick-or-Treat
Go on a fall nature photo scavenger hunt
Visit a pumpkin patch
Roast marshmallows over the fire pit
Go apple picking
Have a bonfire

2013 Fall Bucket List

 

 

Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2013

It’s that time of year again.  Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start designing or decorating your outdoor living space. What are the hottest trends for outdoor living spaces? According to ASLA’s recently published survey, homeowners across the country are investing in fire pits and fireplaces, grills, lighting, decks and patios.

“In this uncertain economy, homeowners want to get more enjoyment out of their yards,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They want attractive outdoor spaces that are both easy to take care of and sustainable.”  Take a look at the complete survey; you just might find a few creative ideas for your own backyard.

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What’s the Latest Trend in Outdoor Living?

According to Builder Blog, a recent survey by Professional Builders shows decks, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and screened porches are among the most demanded outdoor living features.  Thinking about sprucing up your backyard?  Give us a call and visit our showroom!