Good news, everyone. Fire and water DO mix! In our world of custom pool building and integrated backyard designs, adding pool features (bubblers, waterfalls, sun shelves) is becoming more and more popular. One of the most popular being the addition of fire features which add a very elegant flare to any backyard. There are many ways to add flames to your pool, from fire pits and fire bowls to fire walls and outdoor kitchens. The sky’s the limit. No matter which you choose, fire features add style and warmth to your landscaping while creating a comfortable space to socialize with friends and family.
Fire Features for Your Pool
One of the most popular fire features added to backyards are fire pits. Regardless of the amount of outdoor space you have available, fire pits are a great feature in any backyard. They come in a variety of price points and are available in all kinds of materials, such as steel, concrete and brick, so you’re sure to find the design that works for your backyard oasis. They can be gas, propane or wood-burning and are most times placed or built into a sitting area; however, you can also choose to have a fire pit that is built into the pool’s perimeter wall, making it part of the pool itself, not a free-standing structure. This area becomes the focal point at outdoor gatherings and the best part is they can be used year-round! Wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket with some hot chocolate to keep warm in the winter and light it up to roast s’mores with your kids in the summer. Fire pits provide ambiance all year long making them something everyone will enjoy no matter the season.
Fire bowls are typically incorporated around the pool and come in various designs. Depending upon the design of your pool, multiple fire bowls can be added around the perimeter creating a mesmerizing effect. They are filled with lava rock or fire glass, whatever your preference, and can utilize natural gas or propane. Want to take your fire bowl to the next level? Choose a fire bowl with a scupper to bring fire and water elements together. The combination of a fire bowl with a spout cascading water onto the pool water below is a feature you, or any of your guests, will have a hard time looking away from.
Fire walls are one of the newer trends in fire features being added onto custom pools. Typically, the flames come out of the top and, like fire bowls, they can be combined with water features to give your backyard that WOW factor. A fire wall water fountain is a feature that will bring all the elements into play, combining the power and brilliance of fire with the calming, tranquil sounds of water. Additionally, fire walls can play double duty, stabilizing your foundation by acting as a retainer.
Outdoor Kitchens and Grills
It never fails, no matter the size, the kitchen is the place everyone ends up when hosting a party. So why not bring your kitchen outside? Although not a fire feature like those described above, an outdoor kitchen or built in grill will make your backyard the #1 destination for parties. It also keeps food smells out of the house and can reduce electric bills as your A/C system doesn’t have to work hard to cool down your house when the oven is on. So light up that grill, turn up the flames and get your guests outside to embrace the beauty of your backyard oasis. Everyone wins!
Pools by Bradley is Here for YOU
All of us here at Pools by Bradley live and breathe our mission of designing and building your ultimate outdoor pool atmosphere – but the most important thing is we want you have FUN! We intend to inspire you to improve the recreational time you spend with your family and friends in your new outdoor environment. Adding fire features to your pool and your backyard is a GREAT way to do that! Our motto is “take care of the customer and everything else will take care of itself”. When you choose Pools by Bradley to help you build your dream pool, you can rest assured that you’re choosing the very best. As a local family owned and operated company founded in 1996, we have received numerous design awards and honors. Pools by Bradley is rated as one of the top 50 pool builders in the U.S., plus recognized as the “Best Pool Company” in Orlando by Orlando Magazine several years in a row! We offer custom built pools and spas with additions ranging from water features and lighting effects to rain curtains and water slides…the sky’s the limit! Contact us online or call us today at 407-323-7496 to see how we can help you build the pool of your dreams!