Monthly Archives: September 2015

Adding a Fire Pit to Your Patio Makes Every Season More Enjoyable

As summer begins to wind down, the extreme heat is finally fading away, making it much more pleasant to spend time outdoors. One feature that can make it more enjoyable to kick back on your patio is a fire pit.

While you may only think of a fire pit as being useful for keeping you warm outside during the colder months, it can actually be a beneficial addition to your outdoor living space year round. While you may not need the heat to stay warm during the summer, that doesn’t mean it will sit unused until fall. A fire pit is a great way to add ambiance and soft light, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space even after the sun has set. Even when it’s not in use, a fire pit creates a beautiful focal point for your patio.

A fire pit can be used for more than just creating heat and light. It can also be used as a cooking surface. With the addition of a grill grate or a rotisserie attachment, you can cook everything from burgers and hot dogs to chicken, steaks, and more. And, perhaps most importantly, a fire pit is the ideal place to roast marshmallows for s’mores, a traditional summer staple.

With a fire pit kit from Stone Solutions, adding a fire pit to your outdoor living area is a snap. It can be incorporated into the design of a new patio or added to an existing outdoor living space. Our fire pit kits are available in an array of colors, styles, sizes, and materials, making it easy to create a fire pit that blends seamlessly with your existing hardscaping and exterior.

Fall is just around the corner, bringing cooler temperatures and shorter days. Don’t let Mother Nature cut your outdoor time short. Let the experts at Stone Solutions help you create a fire pit that your family will enjoy for years through every season.

A Stone Patio is the Perfect Place to Celebrate Summer

Summer in Kansas City is grilling season. But when done right, grilling is more than cooking. It’s an event, with friends gathered around while the grill master creates smoky masterpieces. Now that the hottest days of summer are behind us, it’s the perfect time to get outside and cook up some fun. But first, you’ve got to create the right atmosphere. A stone patio makes the perfect place to grill and entertain.

The great thing about a stone patio is that the options are endless. There’s a wide range of materials, designs, and features that can be incorporated. You can build a stone patio that’s small and simple, large and elaborate, or anything in between. If you prefer small, intimate gatherings, a simple stone patio with enough space for your grill and some seating may be perfect. Even if you already have a concrete patio, replacing it with a stone patio can drastically improve the aesthetics of your outdoor space and make it feel more inviting.

If you entertain larger groups, you’ll want to opt for a more expansive outdoor space, possibly with multiple functional areas. Start with your cooking area. Upgrade from a grill to a fully functioning kitchen with a built-in grill, appliances, sink, counter space, and even a pizza oven or rotisserie. You’ll also need plenty of space for guests to gather and dine. If you have the space, you can create separate areas for these different functions. Establish one area that will accommodate a table and chairs for dining and another area for socializing. Built-in seating or planter boxes can be used to define and separate the areas. You can also create a feeling of separation by using different materials or different colors of the same material. A fire pit can be a great addition, providing a focal point that guests can gather around.

Whether you’re building a new stone patio, replacing an existing patio, or adding on to an existing patio, Stone Solutions has everything you need. Stone Solutions carries an extensive selection of concrete pavers, stone veneer, wall block, outdoor fireplaces, pizza ovens, outdoor appliances and more.  Our experts will be happy to help you select the perfect materials for your new outdoor living area.