There are few things better than enjoying a cool, crisp evening outdoors with friends by a warm, cozy fire. A well designed fire pit and its accompanying seating area will quickly become the centerpiece of your outdoor entertainment area. As you check out the following collection of inspirations for your own backyard, keep your goals as well as the limitations of your space in mind. You may find that your yard is best suited for extending your living space outdoors into an expansive patio with integrated fire pit. Or perhaps you have a nice secluded spot in a far corner of the yard. Is it important that your new area is in close proximity to where you prepare food and drinks? Maybe you’d like to be able to mount a television or stereo speakers near the fire pit. Do you prefer wood-burning or natural gas or propane? If you consider wood-burning, please check your local ordinances in case your area is subject to “no-burn” days or other restrictions.
Our gallery below also features some great examples that are a bit more than your standard circular stone fire pit. These days we are seeing more and more freestanding outdoor fireplaces. You might prefer the fact that they help to enclose the area and set it off from the rest of the yard (or the neighbor’s yard). Or going to the opposite extreme – a portable fire pit – allows you the greater flexibility of being able to move things around based on the needs of the occasion.
Whether you are blessed with views of the ocean, stunning mountain sunsets, or simply a private suburban backyard, a fire pit gives you an intimate outdoor setting in which to unwind and enjoy the company of friends and family even when there’s a chill in the air!
This stacked stone fire pit on the covered patio truly extends the home’s living space. The roof not only affords protection from the weather, but helps capture more of the heat and creates a more enclosed, intimate area. The broad, flat fire pit top is perfect for mugs, glasses and plates as people move in close for warmth. The sunset makes the perfect backdrop for this stunning gathering spot!
The short stone fire pit is wonderful for a number of reasons. The lower fire bed allows more of the heat to reach your legs. Many more people are welcome to enjoy the conversations around the fire since the semi-circular wall also doubles as a convenient place to sit.
This newly finished hardscaping and fire pit is ready for some decoration and furniture. The raised retaining wall and tumbled rock flows together nicely with the sealed stone patio and helps shelter the broad open space surrounding the fire pit. This arrangement provides an ideal gathering spot with plenty of room for comfy chairs. Note that the fire pit is strategically placed to the side near the matching wall rather than in the middle of the patio. Not only does this provide extra seats along the wall, it also helps maintain valuable open patio space and room for walkways once the furniture is in place.
This massive fireplace really brings the family room outside! As the focal point of the patio area, it provides additional options for decorating, seating and entertaining. Add a couch or a couple more chairs and you’re ready for a patio party!
Not only do these lucky homeowners have a spectacular mountain view, but they have a well executed stone fire pit to warm themselves by as they take it all in. This custom gas fire pit features a huge burner area that is beautiful and cranks out the heat on cold nights!
This close-up shows just how well gas burners fill out the entity of the fire pit.
This example demonstrates how a focus on lighting can enhance the feeling of warm in an intimate fire pit setting. Note the light emanating from the base of the fire pit itself. The spot-lit palm trees help extend this feeling beyond the immediate seating space and enliven the area as the night deepens. Even as the temperature drops, this space here feels warm, tropical and ready for company!
This simple wood-burning fire pit is an inexpensive addition to any yard. We love the bright orange benches on the grassy lawn alongside the fire pit.
This custom built, low-sided fire pit is made from natural irregular stone which contrasts nicely with the smooth pool deck surface. It is another example of a fire pit that spreads it’s heat widely to the sides. The gas lantern lights further enhance the warmth of the scene.
Here is a similar style fire pit in a different, more casual setting. In this case the patio stone matches the construction of the fire pit. Also note the low semi-circular wall in the background which again can act as a bench seating area.
We love this modern fire pit! The large bowl-style is a dazzling patio centerpiece. This type of fire pit is an easy addition to any available hard surface which allows for gas line installation from below.
A large bowl-style fire pit put to good use in a wonderful covered space. This cabin with modern updates shows indoor-outdoor living at its finest. The smooth concrete fire pit works well with the rough patio surface and jumps out as the centerpiece of the large space. No propane here! This well-designed family patio was clearly constructed with the fire-pit in mind from the beginning.
This beautiful pool area sports two bowl-like fire pits with pedestal bases. However there is more to these fire features than you might notice at first glance!
Here you can see that these fire bowls also include water features! The combination of fire and water certainly makes for an interesting accent to this stunning setting. Also take note of the lovely blue fire pit glass crystals. These are available in many colors and crystal sizes. Coordinating the color of the crystal with other elements in your yard as seen here with the pool, can be just the thing to help tie everything together.
The fire pit and chairs nestled in this home garden is quaint and adds charm to the beautiful backyard space.
Warmed by the sun, this modern backyard space is open and glowing. This is definitely one of our favorite backyard fire pit looks.
The hardscape in the country makes us feel happy and free. Sit back and watch the clouds roll by in front of the fire with your friends and family.
We love how charming the fire pit setting looks. The fire pit is close enough to feel like home but far enough away to feel like a fairy tale complete with a waterfall!
This serene and scenic spot is ideal for breakfast outside or hot cocoa by the fire pit.
Spend more time outside in this beautiful courtyard area! The fire pit is perfectly placed down the steps and across from the lawn.
This southern style porch has a tall fire pit with a full table set for a bright and elegant lunch. The height over the patio adds to the stunning view of the water.
Savor the beauty under this gorgeous wood top roof with woodland views and the warmth of the fire. This look is great complete with comfy oversized outdoor chairs and plenty of space to stretch out after a long day.
Whichever you prefer, red or white, relaxing next to this simple portable fire pit is a fine place to enjoy your glass of wine with a loved one.
Wow. We can only wish for such an amazing setting in which to enjoy a roaring fire pit! We hope you’ve found some inspiration in our fire pit gallery. We’re looking forward to bringing you more soon!