Customer Inspiration – The simple joy of fireside family time
Senior Editor ERIC Y.
The Simple Joy of Fireside Family Time
There’s nothing like a roaring fire and good company to make a cool autumn evening come alive. We sat down with a Suncast fan to talk outdoor entertaining, storage, and more.
Suncast: Hi Alex, thanks for joining us today. We understand you live in a turn of the century stone home in Pennsylvania. That sounds exciting, can you tell us a little bit about that?
Alex: Of course. My wife, young son and I live in Ambler, Pennsylvania in one of 400 stone homes that were built beginning in 1883 by the Keasbey Mattison Company. The company moved their operations from Philadelphia to Ambler and invested heavily in the area by bringing in Southern Italian stoneworkers to build homes for their workers and managers. One of the coolest features of our house is an outdoor grill that was built using the same materials as the house. It’s really old and really beautiful!
Suncast: Wow that’s so interesting. Do you actually use it as a grill today?
Alex: No not really, the grill grates are long gone due to rust, unfortunately. It makes an amazing firepit though, which is how we use it quite often. We recently added a small patio in front of the firepit along with some variegated Hosta, beautiful Japanese White Iris and a pair of Adirondack chairs.
Suncast: So, it sounds like you’ve really created an enjoyable outdoor space for your family.
Alex: Oh yeah, we especially enjoy sitting around a fire during the autumn months. There’s really no better feeling than relaxing by a warm fire with a hot beverage during the twilight hours of September and October. It’s such a crisp and cozy feeling. The one challenge we tend to face, though, is how to store our firewood and keep it dry.
Suncast: That’s a great point. How did you solve that challenge?
Alex: Well, I looked high and low for simple and stylish firewood storage and found a lot of great options for covered outdoor spaces, but not too many that could be left completely out in the elements. I had an ah-hah moment when I was in the hardware store and walked by the outdoor storage section. I saw a few Suncast deck boxes that fit the bill perfectly, looked really nice and were reasonably priced. I decided to give a 50-gallon java deck box a try and to my surprise, it’s pretty perfect.
Suncast: That’s great. Sounds like a pretty creative solution to a unique storage need.
Alex: Yes. I’m thrilled with the purchase. It was very easy to put together and looks great in my backyard. Mostly I’m thrilled that I don’t have to worry about our firewood anymore. It’s dry and ready to go whenever we decide to have our next fire. Which will probably be very soon!