Hardscape

At Pinehurst Landscape Company, hardscaping means more than simply laying down pavers to create a walkway: Our skilled stone mason craftsmen have years of experience creating hardscape features using beautiful natural stone, locally-sourced natural materials, as well as brick and concrete. Hardscaping provides the backbone of your landscape design and we are capable of creating and installing patios, retaining walls, water features, swimming pool decking, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens.

With more than 50 years of experience, we are a masonry contractor that you can trust to create beautiful, long-lasting hardscaping features that will enhance your backyard design. We work throughout Maryland and are proud to service Annapolis, Towson, Cockeysville, Reisterstown, Lutherville-Timonium, Bel Air, and beyond.

Fireplaces & Fire Pits

The addition of a fireplace or fire pit offers both beauty and practicality. There is nothing more relaxing than unwinding in front of a blazing fire, and they offer the added benefit of providing warmth during chilly weather. A fireplace will define your space, offer a purpose for going outside, and allow you to enjoy not only the fire but the nature that surrounds it.

There are three main types of outdoor fire structures; a full fireplace, a permanent fire pit, and a portable fire pit or chimney. Each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages and they are available at different price points to suit most budgets.


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Fireplaces

If you want to make a big visual impact, an outdoor masonry fireplace is the best choice due to their size and height. Typically built on a concrete footer, masonry fireplaces are framed in fireproof block which is finished with a stone or brick veneer. The material chosen should match the existing materials in your landscape or the face of your home to create a coherent design. We can customize your outdoor fireplace installation to suit your style and needs.

For a similar look on a smaller budget, there are also decorative block fireplaces that are pre-assembled and require simple installation after a proper foundation has been prepared. Though these models are quick to install, they are much less customizable than a masonry fireplace. When choosing the location of a fireplace site, it is important to consider the minimum distances required from a residence as well as how the smoke will be directed away from the home when a fire is blazing.

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Fire Pits

Fire pits are available in many different designs and configurations, from steel framed bowls and decorative chimneys that can be moved around to pre-fabricated decorative concrete block that are set into the outdoor area. Your fire pit design will be customized by our talented backyard designers to suit the function, shape, and scale of your outdoor space as a whole.

Gas Burning or Wood Burning

All permanent fireplaces and fire pits are capable of being wood burning or gas burning. Wood burning fire elements need to be lined with specific bricks to prevent cracking and, in some cases, explosions. Gas-run fire elements contain a gas source, fueled either by an adjacent small tank or hard lined into the house which requires professional installation. Wood-burning fire elements are popular for the fact that they warm the area around the fireplace and fill the air with the comforting smoky scent of burning kindling. Gas fire elements have the advantage of requiring little maintenance as you’ll never need to add wood or keep up with cleaning the ashes. They can also be customized by setting the flame in decorative colored fire glass or pebbles.


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Safety and Design

Fire burning areas must always be at least 15 feet away from any combustible structure though some localities require a greater setback. The height of the chimney above the fire burning area also must be taken into account to ensure that it will draw smoke away from the house. If the flue is too short, it creates a risk that smoke will enter your home. Your fireplace or fire pit should be placed in an area that will not obstruct your views or those of your neighbors. Safety awareness is important with any open flame, so never burn trash, refuse, or chemicals and be sure to consider the weather, wind, pollen count, humidity, and time of day before you use your fire element. Lastly, be sure to never leave a fire unattended.

 

For more information about fireplace or fire pit installation, or other hardscape services, please contact us at 410-592-6766 to schedule a consultation.