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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 5/31/2019

A fire pit can go a long way in affording homeowners the luxury of the comfortable outdoor living they want. It provides an avenue to bond with loved ones, sharing intimate moments and even be one with nature. There is a lot to enjoy when you decide to fit a fire pit in your yard. However, just like everything, installing a fire pit should be approached with considerate caution. This is especially true if you are a fan of do-it-yourself methods.

Here are some ways to ensure that your fire pit is in the best possible condition when being installed in your home:

Use the best materials

Whether you are settling for a fixed or portable fire pit, don't let the thought of acquiring something inferior and cheap cross your mind. Cheap materials put you at risk of starting a disastrous fire which could damage your properties and even harm people. Go for quality; it's worth it!

Keep a safe distance

Ideally, a fire pit should be at least 10 meters away from any structure or neighboring yard. Proper positioning will help in curtailing the spread of fire to combustible parts of your yard like bushes and fences.

No flammable materials around

The fire pit should be placed on a non-flammable surface, preferably patio blocks or concrete. Also, be sure to pick up any materials around the fire pit that can quickly catch fire like dried leaves, paper bags, and the like. 

Fire pits shouldn't be placed on wooden decks or directly on the grass. It's best to keep them in the open. That is, don't consider putting them beneath low hanging tree branches or under a covered porch. Not only will low-hanging tree limbs or deck roofs be a fire hazard, but they also trap smoke around the fire pit making it less enjoyable for you and your guests.

Remove the vegetation

Landscaped yards will, most likely, have grasses and shrubs lying around. Of course, they add to the aesthetics of the yard. However, after selecting the spot for the fire pit, the vegetation around it should be removed. If no combustible materials are accessible, the fire has no chance of spreading.

Get the right depth

Ideally, the pit should be, at least, 6 inches deep and 2 feet wide. Having a fire pit of this dimension allows the structure to contain embers. After fitting the fire pit, pile dirt or rocks around it to stop fire spread.

Have a garden hose and fire extinguisher handy

Fire is a surprising element that can go out of hand at any time. For extra safety, keep a source of water, preferably a garden hose, nearby. With it, you can extinguish any escaping fire before it becomes something big to deal with.

There you go! While you plan to share special moments with people around your fire pit, remain safe. A quality fire pit will serve you and your family for years to come.




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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 11/3/2017

A patio is an outdoor living space that you can get the most out of year round.  It’s no surprise that a patio is a hallmark of a condo or a rental space. Love entertaining? You’ll appreciate the extra seating and dining space that you gain with a patio.

The following tips on how you can use your patio year round could help you to find space large enough to equal another room at your home. Get ready to let go of the blank patio design and welcome yourself to a world of outdoor living space wonder.

Great patio design ideas

  • Add a padded wicker sofa, two padded wicker chairs and a small round table to your patio. Place the chairs along the sides of the table. Enjoy reading your favorite magazines and watching streamed videos while you sit on the patio. You could also just sit outside and chat with a friend.
  • Install a screen around your patio and add a space heater, so you can spend time outdoors during colder months. You might have fun sitting outside watching snow fall out of the sky.
  • Place plants or flowers on tables located at the edges of your patio. Hanging baskets filled with plants or flowers also work.
  • Hang a decorative wind chime at one far end of your patio.
  • Put your barbecue grill several feet away from your patio, but close enough for you to easily enjoy grilling and entertaining guests.
  • Build a wood divider at one end of your patio and grow a rose vine throughout the divider.

Fun Things To Do On Your Patio

After you add furniture and décor to your patio, welcome company over to enjoy the space with you. One of the more relaxing things that you can do is to hang out with friends, chatting about recent events in your lives. Your kids might have loads of fun playing with their toys or friends on the patio. Other fun activities that you can engage in on your patio include:

  • Book club meetings – Depending on the size of your patio, you might be able to host 8 to 10 book club members without having to use indoor space.
  • Family get togethers – Have an overflow of guests during major holidays? Invite guests to hang out on the patio and not just inside your home.
  • Cookouts – Place a record player or iPod on your patio and play everyone’s favorite music while you laugh, talk and enjoy grilled food.
  • Work from home – All it takes is a laptop, a chair and a table to knock out several hours of work right at home.
  • Reading – If you love to read, you’ll love spending time on your front or back patio getting absorbed in the pages of a great book.
  • Meditating – Talk about getting grounded. Not only will you be stilling your thoughts, you’ll be tuning into your higher self while outside in nature.
  • Exercising – A first floor patio makes for a great exercise area.
  • Hanging out with children and grand kids – Use your patio as another reason to play and spend time with your children and grand kids.
  • Romantic meals – Remember those two wicker chairs and table? Top the table off with a scented candle and treasure a private meal with your partner or spouse. The memories could prove lasting.
  • Spend time with pets – After you take your pets for a walk, relax with them on your patio.

Clearly, beautiful patio designs aren’t your only options. How you use your patio is also important. Host one family get together on your patio and you might decide that you don’t need to pay a contractor to add another room to your home. You can,instead, step onto your screened in or open design patio and entertain,meditate, enjoy a morning tea or unwind at the end of the day.




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Posted by Fitzgerald and Associates Real Estate on 9/15/2017

It feels like a miracle when the warm weather rolls around and you can finally spend some time outdoors. Whether you're taking a break from yard work or working on your tan, you're going to want a comfortable place to relax. Unfortunately, a lot of outdoor seating is the equivalent of sitting on a hard rock--sure it can withstand the weather, but it doesn't offer much comfort. In this article, we'll talk about some of the best outdoor seating available that will get you outside without sacrificing the comfort of your recliner.

Hammocks

We don't know exactly when the hammock was invented, but the first written account of their use comes from Spanish colonists in the 1400s who noticed Native South Americans using them for sleeping. They were originally made from the bark of a hamack tree--hence the name--but since then have been made of a number of different materials. In the United States, the hammock market has been dominated by, well, the worst type of hammock there is. When you think of a hammock you probably think of white rope hung between two trees with wooden separator bars to keep the netted rope open. Originally, hammocks didn't have those separator bars--and for good reason. Separator bars make for the unsteady, dizzying experience that many people have when they get in a hammock for the first time. Without the bars, you have a much steadier, more comfortable experience that is closer to what Native South Americans have experiences for hundreds of years.

Hanging rope chair

Like the hammock, hanging rope chairs also utilize gravity to add to their comfort level. The difference here is that you are in a seated or semi-reclined position. Rope chairs often have weather-proof seat and back cushions that make them all the more comfortable. You can buy a free-standing chair, or one that hangs from a tree branch.

Floating lounge chairs

If you want to bring your comfort on-the-go, a lounge chair is one of your best options. Lounge chairs have undergone several innovations over the years--some for better, some for worse. Quality lounge chairs make sure your back and seat cushion aren't touching any parts of the metal frame. One good example is the Cabela's zero-gravity lounge chair. They fold up easily and are very comfortable, but they are significantly heavier than cheaper, aluminum framed lounge chairs.

Cushioned furniture set

If you plan on entertaining guests on the patio, there are several outdoor furniture sets that have thick, durable cushions to keep everyone comfortable. You can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars on a patio set. And, more than anything else on this list, you get what you pay for. Maintaining a patio set is more complicated than the other items we've mentioned. Some have removable cushions that you should bring inside at night or when it rains. Others come with furniture covers that will keep the chairs in prime conditions but are--admittedly--an eyesore.   Whichever options you choose, be sure to try before you buy. When you're shopping for comfort, no one can tell you better than your own back.







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