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A Guide to Outdoor Fireplaces or Fire Pits

As fire pits and outdoor fireplaces start to light up the dark yards across our area to add a bit of warmth to the cool evenings. Gathering around an outdoor fire roasting marshmallows, sipping a favorite beverage  and talking about the events of the day is a favorite fall pastime of mine.

Safety should be front and center when using outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. That is why those of us a DiSabatino Landscaping thought these tips might come in handy this time of year.

7 Safety Tips for Outdoor Fireplaces or Fire Pits

1) A New Fireplace or Fire Pit Installations Needs a Little Extra Care

A newly installed fireplace or fire pits need a little bit of extra care in the beginning. We advise waiting thirty days before the first fire to let your outdoor fire pit or fireplace to cure. After thirty days, keep the fire small for the next fifteen days. Wait a full forty-five days before igniting a normal sized fire.

2) Flames at Should be kept at a Safe Height

The smaller the flame, the less likely it is the fire will get out of hand. Containing  flames inside  the fireplace or as high as the fire pit capping is always suggested. Common issues, such as back drafts or sudden gusts of wind can be hard to predict. Sparks and embers might go somewhere you do not want. 

3) Avoid Using Water to Extinguish the Fire

Never use water to put out a fire with water unless it is an emergency. Bank the fire by burying flaming logs and smoldering embers with ashes. While this will not completely extinguish the fire, it  will safely cause it to die out slowly.

4) Be Sure to Use Materials With a High Heating Rating

Build your fireplace or fire pit with materials suited to stand up to high temperatures.  Don’t make the mistakes of using concrete block, stones or boulders found around the yard. These materials can crack, splinter or even explode.

5) Clean Out a Fireplace or Fire Pit After Each Use

Clean off any debris around the area. Use a clean cloth to keep the igniter and burner holes clear. Logs should be cleaned using a soft brush.

6) Check for Gas Leaks

If your fire pit or fireplace is gas run, systematically check for gas leaks. If you smell gas, turn off the gas supply. Contact your gas company for service. Have igniters and burners serviced by a gas company at least every two years.

7) Protect Your Fire Pit

Use the manufacturers cover or use one that allows moisture to escape. This will protect your fire pit from the elements and prolong its lifespan.

DiSabatino Landscaping teamed up with Esposito Masonry creates beautiful custom-designed fireplaces and fire pits for residences in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch

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Now is the Perfect Time to Create an Outdoor Living Space – 7 Options to Consider

With the summer days waning and the cooler fall weather waxing (hopefully soon), now is the perfect time to create that outdoor living space you have always wanted. Outdoor living makes for a healthy lifestyle.

Think about how enjoyable these soon to arrive cool evenings with family and friends around a roaring fire will be. A comfortable outdoor living space that enables relaxation, as well as socializing distancing, is just what the doctor ordered for these challenging times.

Investing in some new outdoor living features allow homeowners to create an outdoor atmosphere that makes every day feel like a vacation. The best place to start when creating an outdoor living area is to determine your unique needs. Create a well-thought out custom design to reflect your style and taste.

Take a look at some of the following options when creating your own unique outdoor living space.

7 Outdoor Living Space Options to Consider:

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1) Comfortable Seating Area

First, create a comfortable seating area for family and friends to relax and enjoy the ambient sounds and nature. More than likely, you will want some sort of cover to protect your outdoor living space from the elements.

2) Protection from the Elements

Consider adding a large umbrella, pergola or pavilion that will enable enjoyment no matter what the weather conditions may be. Perhaps you would prefer a privacy wall or trellis to add a little ‘old world’ flair. Maybe you would like to add a little nautical theme by hanging a few colorful canvas shade sails. Whatever floats your boat, some sort of protection from the elements is essential to creating an outdoor living area.

3) Safety Lighting and Ambiance

When designing your outdoor living area, do not forget the lighting.  Navigating a dark pathway is a safety issue.  Landscape lighting such as Path lighting and soft ambient lighting will enhance your outdoor oasis and extend your enjoyment into the evening hours.

4) Fire Feature

An outdoor fireplace or fire pit not only adds to the ambiance of your outdoor living space, it extends it usability into the cooler weather. On top of that, it can serve as a cooking option. Campsite meals and roasting marshmallows are a great way to create happy memories and enhance family bonds. Many homeowners are going the modern route, by installing beautifully designed fire pit tables. Whatever your style, a fire feature in your outdoor living space is highly advisable.

5) Outdoor Kitchen or Bar

Entertaining outdoors is a lot easier if you have the amenities nearby. That is why we usually advise some sort of cooking and refrigeration appliance close to your outdoor living area. A bar set up with everyone’s favorite beverage or an outdoor kitchen with all the cooking and serving utensils makes for easy entertaining. It eliminates the need to make several trips inside to access food and drinks.

6) Entertainment Center

An entertainment center set up with television, stereo and possibly even a karaoke machine will be a great enticement for family and friends to hang out in the backyard. A disco ball and dance floor might not be a back choice either!

7) Water Feature

Whether you go for the whole shebang … in ground pool with cascading waterfall and Jacuzzi or a simple bubbling urn fountain, a water feature in your outdoor living space will add the soothing sound of running water.

Many homeowners are seeing the value of creating outdoor living areas and in doing so are using all types of unique water features to enhance their space. Likewise, these water features, such as a rain curtain or deck jets with LED lighting add a special ambiance in the darker hours of the day.

With outdoor entertainment being in high demand, adding one or more of these water features to your outdoor living area can make for many memorable occasions in your own backyard. Don’t forget to explore the lighting options to enhance any water feature you install.

If you are considering creating an outdoor living space, talk with one of our landscaped design specialist at DiSabatino Landscaping. We can quickly and expertly install a customized outdoor living area  that will enhance your life for years to come.


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Custom Outdoor Kitchens to Brighten Up Your Summer!

There are many advantages of custom outdoor kitchens that make outdoor living spaces more usable and adds value to your home. Outdoor kitchens are a perfect addition to enhance your staycation location with beauty and quality.

This summer promises to be full of unique challenges to residents around our community. With social distancing and mask wearing expected to be in place for the short term and possibly beyond, many are exploring ways to cope.

One great way to adjust to our current climate during a pandemic is to find ways to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. What better way than to improve your outdoor living area to include an outdoor kitchen.

A fully equipped outdoor kitchen will allow you to extend your entertaining outdoors where distancing is easier and airflow more conducive to avoiding the Covid-19 virus. Natural stone floors and outdoor rooms with built-in outdoor kitchen appliances can make entertaining possible in these trying times.

Randall After_Wilmington, DE 19807 - Outdoor Kitchen by DiSabatino Landscaping & Esposito Masonry Personalizing your outdoor cooking area is key to getting the most out of your custom kitchen design. Consider what your entertaining style is before deciding on what the focus of your outdoor kitchen will be. If you tend to be more into creating signature cocktails than food, then make sure you incorporate a showcase bar.

There is a wide variety of ways to customize an outdoor kitchen to meet your particular needs and style. For example, if your family and friends are really into pizza, you might consider installing a wood fired pizza oven.

For those really into grilling, a cooking station with all the bells and whistles would most likely be the right choice. Into an ambient location to sit and converse? A custom fire pit or fireplace with an inviting seating area should be your focus.

Custom pavilions with outdoor kitchens -Marcelo - Wilmington, DE 19808 - DiSabatino If you have an outdoor pool, a combined pool house and kitchen is a great way to prevent dripping water from soggy bathers using your indoor bathroom or grabbing a snack. It also makes it easier to supervise children while preparing a meal.

Sports fanatics would most likely appreciate a tailgate atmosphere where they can grill up some prime meats while watching their favorite team on a large screen television with a built in surround sound.

If you are lucky enough to have a beautiful view of a scenic spot, designing an outdoor kitchen to accentuate it makes sense. Framing the view with a strategically constructed pergola or pavilion will enable for hours of time spent appreciating your blessings.

While there are so many ways to create an outdoor kitchen to enhance your living space, the place to start is with a professional and experienced designer. DiSabatino Landscaping has been creating beautiful outdoor kitchens and living areas for several decades.

We have a stellar reputation in Delaware and the Brandywine Valley with plenty of happy clientele to attests to our professionalism and quality of workmanship.

Make summer at home this year full of fond memories of how your family chose to focus on what really matters in life, quality time with those you love. Location is not the determining factor; it is love for life and good times!


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17 Outdoor Living Spaces that Will Make You Feel Like a Lucky Irishman

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we thought sharing some of our best outdoor living spaces and decking solutions might inspire you to get you ready for spring.

At DiSabatino Landscaping, we can help design the perfect outdoor living space. Unsure of how all your wants are going to fit in your backyard? Our team of innovative designers can meet any challenge!

We have been creating beautiful outdoor living areas for some of the Delaware Valley’s most discerning homeowners. Get in touch with us today to get started on creating an outdoor masterpiece in your own backyard.

Staycations will be your family traditions, as no one is going to want to leave your backyard!

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7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area

7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area

Want to enjoy the outdoors anytime of the year by creating a beautiful outdoor living area?

Then consider adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor living space. Don’t forget to get the kids involve by letting them cook their own food. There are plenty of campfire recipes to try. Of course there has to be s’mores!

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Do you have pizza lovers? Consider adding a wood fired brick oven to make authentic pizza for a hungry crowd. Did you know brick ovens cook quickly and efficiently? Better yet, they are a great way to cook desserts, meats, veggies and more!

Add a brick oven to your outdoor living area

How about a full outdoor kitchen? An outdoor kitchen allows you enjoy an outdoor party while you cook! In addition, it makes you more efficient and  lessens the need to run back and forth to the house. That is why we encourage clients to consider some sort of cooking options for their outdoor living area.

Check out some of our luxurious outdoor kitchens that will make your home the preferred party location. Likewise, be sure to create comfortable seating areas that will have you looking for every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Add one of these below unique features for creating an even better outdoor living space that will extend the usable square footage of your home. Not only will it increase your home’s value, it will give REAL value to your home life. Also consider the savings from staycations, a great way to bond with family without spending tons of cash!

7 Great Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Living Area:

  1. A pavilion to keep your seating area comfortable and dry
  2. A pergola is a great way to add shade, privacy and ambience
  3. Custom in ground pools and hot tubs are refreshing touches. Add special features such as waterfalls and ambient lighting
  4. Ponds and other water features, such as a fountain is great way to add character to your landscaping
  5. Create peaceful locations to relax and meditate
  6. A deck off the master bedroom – connect with nature any time of day.
  7. Utilize the front, side and back of house to add a custom made deck with gazebo, gorgeous pergola, pavilion or sun room

The possibilities are endless!

If you want a beautiful custom made outdoor living area created just for you, get in touch with DiSabatino Landscaping and Esposito Masonry. We create unique outdoor rooms and patios!

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Tree and Shrub Care Specialist DiSabatino Landscaping is Delaware’s #1 Hardscape and Landscape Specialist. We can help advise you what is best way to create your outdoor living space  Give us a call today! 302-764-0408