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Two Important Considerations When Building Your Fire Pit

If you’re thinking about building a fire pit this summer, you’ve probably got a ton of questions. How much will it cost? What materials should I use? What does maintenance look like? 

Cutting Edge can help you figure out the answers to those common questions and more. But before you say “go” on your fire pit project, here are two major factors you can consider right now. By answering these questions, you can get a head start on planning the perfect fire pit that fits your outdoor entertainment needs.

1. What will I do about seating?

If you love to host, then you likely know how many guests you can expect in a given evening. That number can give you a decent starting point when considering the size of your fire pit.

If you keep your guest list fairly tight, you can likely make do with a small circular fire pit that can comfortably accommodate 4-5 guests. You might be able to use your existing lawn or patio furniture to seat everyone.

But if you’re the host extraordinaire, you may be entertaining upwards of 8 or 10 people on any given evening. With that in mind, you might want to consider a larger, rectangular fire pit so everyone can have their share of the experience. And with that size comes additional considerations for seating.

Cutting Edge can build custom stone seating around your fire pit to accommodate even large guest lists. Whether you want individual seats or benches, or a single connected bench that circles the fire pit, we can build seating that truly matches your outdoor entertaining area.

2. Are my walkways clear?

The end goal of building a fire pit is to enjoy a relaxing evening with your guests. It might sound obvious, but before you can get to that point you’ll need to make sure your guests can physically get to your fire pit unimpeded. That’s where many new fire pit owners stumble.

Think about all the summer yard maintenance that’s so easy to put off: mowing the lawn, picking up sticks, picking up after your dog, the list goes on and on. If you don’t get to those chores before guests come over, they’re likely to face obstacles in your yard on the way to your fire pit.

Instead, consider building a nice walkway that leads guests directly to your fire pit. When the path is laid with clean, stylish stone pavers, you can rest assured that your guests won’t have to dodge sticks — or worse — on the way to the festivities.

And if you’re living with an old, crumbling walkway, it might be time to upgrade. Cutting Edge only works with the most durable stone pavers that will last for years to come. Our stone pavers are 2-3 times stronger than concrete, so you can rest easy knowing they’ll remain in good shape and keep your guests safe while they enjoy your fire pit.