Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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20 LC DBM From the stainless steel burner, to the fire glass that sparkles underneath the pit's open flame, every aspect of the piece was carefully crafted to contribute to the finished product's overall ambiance. "It's the little touches that make it dif - ferent than something you would random- ly buy somewhere else," Williams said. Movement Company: Cutting Edge Landscape Inc. Space is precious. Many contractors re- alize that for some yards, space becomes the deciding factor as to whether a fire pit is installed or not. Williams took what could be considered a limitation and cre - ated a desirable, one-of-a-kind, modern- day hearth. "The design was something I just thought up in my head. Sometimes a fire feature or structure can take up precious space. I wanted flexibility," Williams explained. To solve the problem of space, Wil - liams designed a fire pit with the capabil- ity of sinking into the ground when not in use. The pit is activated with a key fob and stops at any height of your choice. The flame ignites via a custom burner that keeps it consistent (inspired by Wil - liam's knowledge of irrigation manifold construction). The sides are built out of a sturdy steel rust to achieve an industrial feel. From start to finish, the pit takes 21 seconds to fully extend and measures 4 feet long by 2 feet wide by 4 feet deep. A l t h o u g h the initial design and build for the project took some time, the finished pit puts on a spectacular show. The industri - alize steel rises out of the ground accom- panied by a stunning, lineal, 8-foot flame, wowing guests and the homeowner alike. "The first night I completed it, I proba - bly watched it go up and down 50 times," Williams said. "I just love watching it." A Worthy Investment Contractors like Dennis and Williams have taken what was considered an age- old staple for campgrounds and created backyard works of art. Their art carves out a space where family and friends can trade the constant noise and demands of the 21st century for hearty laughter and meaningful conversation. Their ability to build that kind of mean - ing into somebody's life is inspiring, and that inspiration is made possible by build - ing fabulous fire pits. Left To build this fire pit, Cutting Edge Landscape Inc. free formed the shape out of concrete, installed natural stone around the outside of the pit and then sealed the stone to help enrich the colors and prevent it from turning green in Oregon's cold winters. Because of its custom shape, the pan had to be designed and fabricated specifically for it. A stain- less steel burner completed the feature. PHOTO: NICK WILLIAMS Above & Inset Due to space concerns, Nick Williams of Cutting Edge Landscape Inc. designed a fire pit that can retract into the ground when not in use (inset). To emphasize an industrial impression, its sides are built out of a sturdy steel rust. Fins on top of the burner help the flame rise upward, protected from the wind. The two-month installation pro- cess included testing the best way to build the piece, modifications such as guides that brought the pit out of the ground evenly and straight, and drilling out holes in the metal to reduce its weight. PHOTOS: NICK WILLIAMS

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