Outdoor Fire Pit Designs
Learn about your design options for an outdoor fire pit.
Outdoor fire pits are one of the most popular outdoor living design trends right now, and with good reason: they add a unique, fun and relaxing element to any outdoor space. There are many options for outdoor fire pit designs, and the one that's right for your backyard or deck should reflect your personality and goals for enjoying the welcoming warmth of a blazing fire pit.
Materials and Structure
"Traditionally, outdoor fireplaces were made of brick and needed a foundation to be laid before they were built," says Lou Manfredini, Ace's Home Expert. Browse pictures of this outdoor living room from HGTV's 2012 Dream Home.
A porthole mirror and potted plants dress up this outdoor fireplace. Courtyard seating faces the fireplace, creating the perfect spot for company and conservation. Design by Chris Johnson
Find the Perfect Fit
Ready for Company
The entertaining deck at HGTV's 2012 Dream Home offers a warm and cozy respite even on the chilliest winter's evening. This fire pit has a modern design and features four separate gas units.
The first questions to answer for an outdoor fire pit design is the same you'd ask if you were about to install a pool: in-ground or aboveground? Many fire pit designs are flat and flush with the ground, while others have a raised profile. Ultimately the decision is yours and should be based on your own design preferences and the space you have to work with.
Some common fire pit designs incorporate decorative paving stones or fire-resistant bricks to line the exterior of the fire pit. This can create a refined yet still rustic design. Additionally, some fire pit designs use smooth river rocks within the pit itself, another eye-catching touch which can beautify a fire pit.
Other considerations for your fire pit include the shape—commonly, fire pits are either square or round—and the placement. Many people prefer to place their fire pit within their deck design, while others prefer a fire pit that stands alone in the backyards or connects to a deck via a walkway.
Whatever your choices regarding fire pit design, you're sure to enjoy many long hours of cozy conversation around this outdoor design trend that's really heating up.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas