Why Your Outdoor Space Needs a Fire Feature

Colby Coward Design and Ideas

Whether you’re enjoying a pool party on a warm summer day or a family cookout on a cool fall evening, Texas homeowners love to spend time outdoors with family and friends. But when the cold weather rolls in, many resort to moving their parties indoors. Thankfully, outdoor fire features can drastically enhance your outdoor living space and the activities you …

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Benefits of an Outdoor Fire Feature

Colby Coward Design and Ideas, Lifestyle and Entertaining

Outdoor fire features, such as fire pits or fireplaces, have become all the rage for homeowners and home buyers alike. It expands your entertainment opportunities and allows you to extend the use of your outdoor living space way beyond the warmer months. Here are some of the ways an outdoor fire feature can benefit you, your family and your home. …

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Tips for Enjoying your Outdoor Areas in Cold Weather

Colby Coward Design and Ideas

Cooler temps inevitably settle in during the winter, and many people look longingly at their outdoor spaces and wish for the warmer months. But before you resign yourself to a season indoors, there are ways of enjoying your outdoor areas in winter, especially on those sunny and crisp days. Your outdoor areas can provide a welcome escape on otherwise dreary days …

Fire Pit Maintenance and Safety Tips

Colby Coward Repair and Maintenance

As with any fixture exposed to the elements, fire pit maintenance is required to keep the unit fully functional and a pleasing addition to your outdoor living space. Also, since open flames and high temperatures are involved, fire pit maintenance is critical to safe operation. Here’s what to do to ensure that your fire pit is an asset to your …

Fire Resistant Materials for Fire Pits

Colby Coward Construction Process

When you hire a landscaping or handyman service to install a fire pit, do you know what to look for? Can you spot the difference between a fire brick and a regular brick? If you can not, and you have not worked with the company before, you could end up paying to have the entire job rebuilt in only a …

Outdoor Cooking with Fire Pits and Fireplaces

Colby Coward Lifestyle and Entertaining

We are blessed with modern kitchen conveniences that relieve of us having to cook food as it has been cooked for centuries: over open fires. But sometimes we like to recreate the basic thrill of open-fire cooking with outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. But what should we cook? Safety Basics An open fire—whether in a National Park or your backyard—is …

Fire Pits: Tips and Tricks for Design and Function

Colby Coward Design and Ideas

The ability to make fire is one of the earliest discoveries of mankind, and fire pits are how modern humans carry on that tradition. In a world where droughts and wildfires are a common occurrence, very few places allow you to burn unprotected fire anymore, and fire pits have become the solution that allows people to continue to build fires …