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Zodiac's In-Depth Resource for All Things Pool.

Fire and Water





Fire has become a popular trend in backyard landscaping. Beyond just the cozy outdoor fire pit area or the stone fireplace on the patio, fire features are making their way across the backyard and near the swimming pool with luminous displays that are artistic and exciting.

What’s the allure of fire features? They are a beautiful, creative juxtaposition of elements that add drama and beauty to your backyard. At the same time, many serve as a useful heat and light source on a cool evening.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy a display of fire by your poolside. The most popular is with outdoor fireplaces or backyard fire pits, which come in an array of designs to suit your style. Another is by adding fire bowls which can be situated by your furniture or placed around your pool for added effect.

Fire tables are a newer take on the traditional backyard fire pit. They allow your dinner guests to enjoy a flaming tabletop display while dining or having drinks. Similar to gas fire pits, these tables are easy to turn on and off with a simple switch.

Relax outdoors at night with torches that are designed to light your poolside landscaping the old-fashioned way: by flame. Much like a gaslight from an earlier era, torches come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, you can opt to have a glass-encased torch similar to a lantern, a modern, open-flame tiki torch, or an oversized ornamental candle the size of a planter on your patio.

Combining fire-and-water elements in one feature brings your pool design to a whole new level. Incorporating features that do both into your pool and landscape design harnesses the beauty and excitement of fire, with the tranquility and peacefulness of a fountain to deliver an elegant work of art that will transform any typical swimming pool or backyard landscaping.

Once you’ve made the decision to add the ambiance of fire to your backyard landscaping, talk to a landscape designer or pool builder who is familiar with adding these features. They’ll know what type of feature will best fit in your backyard based on your needs and style, and will work with you to determine all the details from placement to performance. Once your poolside fire features are installed, all that’s left to do is get a hot beverage, sit back, and enjoy the warmth!