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Don’t Burn Money on Your Fire Pit

Nothing beats spending a quiet evening around the fire pit in Albuquerque. Perhaps you’ve thought about adding this great feature to your home. But if you’re not cautious, it’ll end up costing you a lot more than it should.

How can you build a fabulous fire pit without throwing your money in the fire?

Choose Wood Instead of Gas

Gas fire pits may be convenient since they require only a flip of a switch. Yet that convenience comes with a cost because professionals are needed to run the fire pit’s gas lines and electrical connections.

With a wood fire pit you can save all that money. You just need the pit and the wood. Also, the smokey ambiance is all part of the experience.

If You Want Gas, Put It Close to Your House

Granted, not all of us can handle fire pit smoke. But if you insist on using gas, make sure the lines to it are as short as possible by keeping the pit closer to the house. This will greatly reduce both the electrical and plumbing costs.

Skip the Built-In Seating

The stone bench seats surrounding a flaming fire pit look like money. That’s because they’re made of it.

Integrated benches that seat six people comfortably can cost as much — or more — as the fire pit itself.

Six resin Adirondack chairs can cost as little as $120. Plus, chairs are easier on your body as well as your wallet.

Don’t Do Custom Anything

You can have a fire pit designed just for you. But unless you’re a trust-funder or just like spending money like one, stick with a contractor’s standard build. Most offer prefab, modular units that cost at least half as much as a custom build.

Go With a Paver Patio

Flagstone gives you the natural beauty of real stone, but it costs $15 to $20 per square foot. Unless you’re making a one-person pit, that will add up. A paver patio looks manufactured, but it costs $6 to $10 per square foot.

Choose a Decomposed Granite Patio (It’s the Cheapest!) It looks like sand. It isn’t fancy. But it’s cheap. A pro can lay this stuff for as little as $2 a square foot.

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13516 Deer Trail Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111  $895,000

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6 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms (3 full, 1 half) / 5893 Square Feet

Perfectly situated with 180 degree views in Glenwood Hills. The frosted glass accented front door greets you and beyond is a wide, open floorplan, with tons of natural light, gas fireplace and wet bar making this home perfect for entertaining. Main level boasts a master suite, 2 spacious bedrooms, formaldining and well-appointed kitchen with breakfast nook and access to one of many patios. Upstairs is another master suite with jetted tub and double sinks, privatebalcony and a fantastic walk-in closet. The garden level is open to the patios and is perfect for rec room/office/gym. Want city AND mountain views this uniqueproperty offers panoramic, breathtaking city views with Mount Taylor in the distance! Hiking, biking and walking trails are just minutes away.

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