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8. FIRED UP
Builder Online ran a story earlier this year on fire pits and outdoor fireplaces; the slideshow was one of our most popular. Soon after, a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects showed that fire pits are one of the most oft-requested features for a home’s outdoor living space—second only to outdoor kitchens, and besting a swimming pool by far. Is it that instinctive desire to gather around a flame and toast marshmallows? Memories of summer camp and strumming guitars round the fire? Any feature that helps make a lovely night last as long as possible is fine by us.