Brick and Concrete Fire Pits
Dive into your options for brick and concrete fire pits, and take the first step toward creating a cozy backyard gathering place.
There are many options for adding a cozy gathering place to your outdoor living space, and classic brick and concrete fire pits rank high among them. Gas or propane-fired options exist for those looking to spend a bit more, but if you're looking for a traditional, wood-fired experience, a brick or concrete fire pit may be the right move for you.
Built-In Fire Pit
Indoor/outdoor living can be enjoyed year round in this California community. Here, a spacious atrium is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. Modern rattan furniture placed near the built-in fire pit adds plenty of space for relaxation. Design by Kevin Smith
Four-Unit Fire Pit
Four separate gas units comprise the modern fire pit design of HGTV Dream Home 2012. The Utah limestone-clad column is topped in a surface of limestone. A clear glass surround protects gas flames while contributing to the deck's open fire experience.
Open Fire Pit
Set in the Santa Monica Mountains, this adobe-style home encircles a large pool and courtyard with an open-flame fire pit situated right in the middle. Design by Lewin Wertheimer; Photo by Douglas Hill
Bluestone Fire Pit
This natural stone fire pit features a fire brick interior and is capped in Pennsylvania bluestone, which can quickly turn into additional seating when more party guests arrive. Design by ACM Design
Stacked Stone Fire Pit
Old World Fire Pit
This outdoor patio is designed to bring a contemporary look to an Old World-style house. Adjacent to the pool, a built-in stone fire pit becomes the centerpiece to a cozy lounge area. Design by Paul Wrona
Flat Stone Fire Pit
Landscape designer Chris Lambton transformed his own backyard into an outdoor oasis complete with a custom-made picnic table, bluestone patio and fire pit area finished with Pennsylvania flat stone. The fire pit is surrounded by upcycled whiskey barrel stools and wooden Adirondack chairs for ample seating options.
Natural Stone Fire Pit
Lush landscaping combined with a built-in barbecue, large seating area and fire pit create the ideal place to entertain family and friends. Design by Kevin Smith
Stone Fire Pit
Fire Pit With a View
Take a dip in the hot tub, then cozy up by the fire pit for a view of the magnificent waterfront sunset. This British Virgin Islands home's patio offers ample space and seating, making it an ideal setting for entertaining guests.
Gray Stone Fire Pit
This private backyard patio renovation includes gray stone and boulders throughout, including the cozy fire pit area. An outdoor dining table with a neutral umbrella provides a lovely place for enjoying afternoon lunch, while long wood steps lead to a deck area that overlooks the surrounding tree-lined property.
Geo Fire Pit Patio
This patio was made for entertaining. On those cooler evenings, four geometric wooden armchairs circle a stone fire pit, while warmer evenings allow for a dip in the glowing infinity pool.
The first thing you'll want to consider before moving forward with your fire pit design is location. Make sure you position your fire pit so that's it's totally clear of all overhanging vegetation, adjacent shrubs, or large areas of dry grass. Adding gravel or hardscaping beneath your fire pit will go even farther toward ensuring a safe experience.
When the location is picked, it's time to focus on how you'll install your fire pit. You can purchase one from a home improvement store, build one yourself (this is an even more attractive option if no gas lines are involved), or hire a contractor to build one for you. Each option has pros and cons: DIY is less expensive but you'll pay in time and effort, a pre-fab purchase is convenient but allows for little or no design customization, and a contractor will likely get you the design and quality you want, but it'll cost you.
In terms of design, you'll need to decide whether you want your brick or concrete fire pit to reflect the overall design of your backyard/outdoor living space and home or act as a unique centerpiece with its own style. You'll have infinite choices for design, color and texture, so you should have no trouble picking one that expresses your design aesthetic. Another thing to keep in mind when designing your fire pit is scale—fire pits are generally gathering places, so "go big" is generally a good strategy. You don't want to build a fire pit and then realize that only two or three guests can fit around it, leaving everyone else out in the cold, so to speak.
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