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Enjoy Your Labor Day Weekend at Home with Outdoor Spaces

Outside Spaces - Fieldstone Fireplace & Pergola

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend from all of us at Titus Built! Wherever you are this weekend, I hope you enjoy the unofficially marked last weekend of summer. When I was younger our family and cousins used to spend the last week-weekend on Long Beach Island, NJ soaking up the final carefree days of the season before going back to school and everyone’s busy schedule. Evenings were a bit cooler, so a bonfire on the beach with a s’mores roast was always a great way to end the night.

One way to extend this season and enjoy company outside is to expand your living area to the outdoors. A home’s living space can be extended to the backyard with swimming pools, decks, patios, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces and fire pits. Below are a few styles of fire pits:

 

Titus Built Fire Pits

Fire pit fuels vary, but generally they are either wood or propane.  Propane cannot match the beauty of the crackling of a natural wood fire, but a propane fire pit is much easier, safer and a cleaner fire. Many of our clients are opting for propane instead of wood. Below are a couple of fire pits that Titus built. Note that both of these fire pits are propane, but the fieldstone structure can be made as a wood burning pit.

 

Outdoor raised circular gas fire pit with fieldstone veneer on bluestone patio.
Outdoor raised circular gas fire pit with fieldstone veneer on bluestone patio. 

 

Covered Fire pit on Ipe Wood Deck

View left corner of photo – covered fire pit.

Close up of open fire pit on Ipe wood deck.
Close up of open fire pit on Ipe wood deck. 

Council Rings

Jens Jensen, a Dutch-born landscape architect who immigrated to the United States in 1881, often placed a “council ring” in his designs.  The council ring was embedded in the heritage of both the Vikings and the Native Americans. Jensen felt that when seating everyone at an equal height in a circle everyone could look each other in the eye and no one became the head of the table.  Many parks and estates in various cities throughout the United States were the result of Jens Jensen’s genius.  One of Jensen’s designs is the marvelous grounds of a Maine property called Skylands; a landscape originally designed for Edsel and Eleanor Ford and currently owned by Martha Stewart.  Although the Ford’s decided not to install a council ring into the design, Martha Stewart found the original plans and had it installed:

 

Martha Stewart's Skylands Fire Pit

Skylands’ landscape with fire pit on Martha Stewart’s home Mount Desert Island

Dry Stone Fire Pit

Stone is the oldest construction material known to mankind.  There are ancient remaining dry stone structures scattered throughout the world from the Egyptian pyramids and the Peruvian temples to prehistoric dwellings. Below are two examples of dry stone fire pits:

 

Photo: Dry Stone Conservancy ~ vertical stacked blue stone
Photo: Dry Stone Conservancy ~ vertical stacked blue stone www.drystone.org

dry stone fire pit
Photo: Dry Stone Fire Pit

Decks, Pergolas, Patios & Screened in Porches:

Outdoor spaces continue to be a trend at Titus Built. Below are a few photos of some of our current project:

 

Patio & Pergola Wilton CT

Pergola with fireplace New Canaan, CT

Patio, Pergola, Deck Wilton, CT

 

For more outdoor spaces, check out last year’s blog: Outdoor Spaces: Decks, Pergolas, Patios & Screened-in Porches.

 

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Titus Built!

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Titus Built!