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Is Your Outdoor Space Decorated for Christmas?

December 3, 2019 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Now that Thanksgiving is over, there’s no excuse to not be thinking about Christmas. (If you have children, it’s likely they’ve already started asking when Santa is coming!) There’s so much to do during the winter holiday season—from the obvious shopping and coordinating visits with out-of-town guests to baking cookies and putting up the Christmas tree—that it sometimes slips people’s minds that the outside of the house could use some holiday cheer, too. While it may be tempting to string up some garlands around the mantel of your outdoor fireplace in Seattle, WA and call it a day, there are actually a lot of relatively simple decorations you can use to bring the Christmas spirit to your property’s exterior. Here are some of our favorite ideas we’ve seen at our clients’ homes: Wreaths: Outdoor decorating doesn’t have to be all that complicated. A simple Christmas wreath augmented with red ribbons or winter berries can be enough to communicate the spirit of the season to everyone who arrives on your doorstep. Pillows and throws: Whether you have a front porch, back deck or outdoor fireplace, it can be surprisingly enjoyable to bundle up with a mug of hot cocoa and wait... View Article


Get Ready for Outdoor Entertaining This Holiday Season

November 19, 2019 5:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

With autumn settling in here in the Pacific Northwest, our thoughts are turning to the holiday season that’s just around the corner. Even if Thanksgiving hasn’t arrived just yet, it’s really not too early to start thinking about how you’re going to handle your winter holiday hosting duties. Perhaps you’re planning to have company staying with you from out of town. Maybe you’re hosting Christmas for your whole extended family. Or maybe you’re just thinking of having some close friends or neighbors over for a low-key holiday party. Whatever the case may be, it’s not a bad idea to start preparing! This means getting your decorations in place, deciding on a menu and ensuring your outdoor fireplace in Seattle, WA is ready to do its job. Here are some tips to help you get the planning underway: Decorations: Set the mood for your party with some of the classics of the season! Hang outdoor Christmas lights, light some candles, put up some garlands, bust out your festive holiday blankets and décor and maybe even put up some wreaths or miniature Christmas trees. A basket full of Santa Claus hats can be a delightful addition to the party, as well as... View Article


Wood vs. Gas Fire Pits

November 5, 2019 11:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Fire pits make for a great addition to any backyard. They’re a perfect centerpiece for backyard gatherings and conversations, and can add a bit of warmth and comfort on brisk fall and winter evenings here in the Pacific Northwest. But when selecting your custom fire pit in Seattle, WA, which should you opt for: a wood or a gas fire pit? Here are a few of the factors you’ll want to take into consideration: Time: Gas fire pits will light much faster than wood fire pits, and will provide a consistent level of heat. All you’ll need to do is push a button and the flames will light up. Wood fire pits, however, require much more effort to get the fire going. Once the fire gets going, it will provide continuous heat until you need to apply a new log. Energy efficiency: Gas fire pits are much more energy efficient than wood fire pits, because gas burns more cleanly and results in fewer emissions. Wood fire pits put about 28 pounds of emissions into the atmosphere with each use, which is about 99 percent more than what you’d get from a gas fire pit. Fuel: Gas fire pits run on... View Article


Tips for Keeping Your Firewood Dry in the Winter

October 22, 2019 11:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Seattle winters can be cold and wet, so if you have a fireplace in your home, it’s important you take the proper precautions to keep your wood dry so it’s easy to start once you’re ready to use it. This can be a little easier said than done, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, but we do have some strategies you can try out for yourself this year. Here are a few tips for you to keep your wood dry in the winter so you can more reliably use it in your indoor or outdoor fireplace in Seattle, WA. Dry and season your own chopped wood If you purchase firewood from a retailer, then you can trust that the wood has already gone through the drying and seasoning process. However, if you harvested your own firewood or received freshly cut wood from someone you know, then you’ll need to take care of the drying and seasoning yourself. This can take months, so begin the process as soon as you’re able to do so. The wood must sit out in a sunny area. You can cover it over the top with a tarp, but it should still have some exposure... View Article


Considering Fire Pit Installation in Seattle, WA? Here Are Five Fun Ways to Use a Fire Pit in the Wintertime

October 4, 2019 2:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The benefits of using your fire pit in the summertime are numerous and need very little introduction. However, just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. In fact, there are several unique and exciting ways in which you can take advantage of the year-round possibilities your fire pit provides. Read on to learn about five fun ways that your fire pit installation in Seattle, WA can be enjoyed even after the temperatures cool off near the end of the year. Warm up in a snow fort: Building a snow fort to house your fire pit is a fun winter activity that offers multiple advantages. When the fort is completed, you will have a structure that does a great job of blocking the wind and cold air, allowing you to enjoy your time around the fire pit in a cozy outdoor environment. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to spend quality time with your children or other friends and family while you are building the fort. Throw a winter party: Unfortunately, the ground will eventually be covered by snow, but this shouldn’t deter you from throwing an outdoor winter party. With your fire pit... View Article