Did you know that Bonfire Night is celebrated every November 5th? While this night typically gets celebrated in the UK, here in America, we love our bonfires as well and it is a good excuse to use our outdoor fire pit.
What could be more inviting than a flickering fire on a cool evening or a warm bonfire on a cold day? An outdoor fire pit can bring the warmth and magic of the outdoors to our homes.
They’re great for entertaining, but they can also be the centerpiece of a backyard makeover. Fire pits come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. You’ll find gas fire pits, electric fire pit tables, freestanding chimineas, fire bowls, and fire ring inserts for your existing fire pit.
But, how do you create a space for your outdoor fire pit that matches your unique style? Keep reading for outdoor fire pit ideas that you’ll fall in love with.
1. Natural Stone Fire Pit
Natural stone is the most popular material for outdoor fire pits. Stone fire pits provide the most dramatic visual impact. They’re available in several sizes and shapes, including round, square, rectangular, oval, octagonal, star, and irregular.
To get the most use out of your stone outdoor fire pit, it’s best to place it in a central location. Make sure you have enough room around the fire pit to enjoy the warmth and light of the fire and to set up seating.
2. Small Patio Fire Pit
Small patio fire pits are the perfect option if you’re on a limited budget or if you don’t have a lot of space. Your options include a Fire Basket, which is a “bowl” of fire, and a Chiminea, which is a Mexican-style fireplace that sits on legs and has an overhead cover. Small outdoor fire pits are also great for patios, balconies, and decks.
3. Rustic Fire Pit
Rustic fire pits are designed to blend in with their natural surroundings, so you can place them on a patio, deck, or backyard without making them look out of place. They’re usually made from an assortment of natural materials, including stone, tile, slate, and concrete. These fire pits are available in a variety of colors, finishes, and sizes.
You can use logs for seating and other design aspects to bring a little bit of the country to your outdoor fire pit.
4. Build a Path to Your Fire Pit
A fire pit is probably the focal point of your outdoor living space, so it’s important that you make a good first impression. To do this, you can create a “path of introduction” to your fire pit, which will guide your guests to the fire pit.
You can create a path of introduction by setting up stone or brick pavers or stepping stones that lead from your backdoor or patio to the fire pit. Other good materials for creating paths to your fire pit include cobblestones, flagstone, bricks, and patio pavers.
5. Fire Pit With Water Feature
If you have a water feature or pond nearby, you can create a stunning outdoor living space by combining a fire pit and water feature into one. A fire pit with a water feature is a great way to enjoy the soothing sounds of a water feature and the warmth of a fire all year long. You can use a fire pit with a water feature near the back door of your home, in your garden, or yard.
6. Build an Outdoor Fire Pit Bench
Outdoor fire pit benches are a great addition to your outdoor fire pit area. Fire pit benches are made from wood, stone, or metal, and they’re available in a variety of styles and sizes.
You can also add storage drawers to your fire pit bench if you want to store firewood or other outdoor supplies like garden tools.
7. Build a Tabletop Fire Pit
Another way to enjoy the warmth of a fire is by building a tabletop fire pit. A tabletop fire pit is similar to a tabletop stove but features a smaller design. Many tabletop fire pits feature enclosed wood burners, which create a high heat output.
A tabletop fire pit is great for those who have limited outdoor space. You can place a tabletop fire pit on your porch, deck, or patio.
8. Build a Fire Pit With a Grill
If you love to grill, you can combine your grill with your fire pit. Building an outdoor fire pit with a grill is a great way to enjoy a barbecue, a brisket, or a steak during all seasons of the year.
In fact, using an outdoor fire pit with a grill is a very popular summertime activity for young couples and families. By adding a fire pit with a grill to your outdoor space, you can enjoy a wide variety of foods and beverages.
You can grill and cook everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to lobster tails and crawfish. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, a fire pit with a grill could be a good investment for you.
9. Build a Brick Fire Pit
A brick fire pit is a great addition to your outdoor space. Brick fire pits are great for people who enjoy cooking. You can cook on a brick fire pit and use the fire to flavor the food.
Brick fire pits are also great for people who enjoy wood-burning stoves. You can even turn your brick outdoor fire pit into a heating source during the non-barbecue seasons.
10. Create a Family Friendly Fire Pit Space
A family-friendly fire pit space is a great addition to your backyard or deck, particularly if you live in an urban area. A family-friendly fire pit space is a great way to create an outdoor entertainment space that is kid safe.
With the growing number of wildfires, it is important to create a fire pit in a space that is safe for children and pets. Build a fire pit with a built-in grill or a outdoor fire pit with a cement pad around it and a wide rim. A wide rim and a cement pad around a fire pit is a good way to create boundaries for your kiddos who might be tempted to get too close to the fire.
You can also have a seating area that is child-safe without sacrificing the aesthetic appeal of the fire pit. Make sure that you stock your family-friendly space with roasting sticks for smores and hot dogs.
11. Build a Secluded Fire Pit
If you have a secluded outdoor space, consider building a fire pit near this. A secluded outdoor fire pit will create a cozy atmosphere. You can also use your fire pit to keep warm on cold nights or cool nights.
You can easily install a fire pit in a secluded space that makes it feel like a tiny escape from the real world. If you have a secluded outdoor space, consider building a fire pit in the space. You will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that a fire pit creates.
12. Create an Outdoor Living Space
If you like to entertain guests and have a big family to feed, consider building an outdoor living space for your family and friends. To create an outdoor living space, build a fire pit and build an outdoor kitchen.
You can use a typical fire pit to cook hot dogs, burgers, and other food, but you can also build an outdoor kitchen and use it to cook more complicated meals. You can also create a living space with outdoor couches that are centered around your fire pit.
13. Create a Cozy Corner
If you simply want an outdoor space where you can curl up with a book next to a fire, a cozy corner could be the perfect solution for you. If you are looking for a cozy corner, consider building an outdoor fire pit in a corner.
A fire pit in a corner is a great way to create a secluded space for you without sacrificing the aesthetics of the fire pit. You can also create a secluded space around the cozy corner with the right-sized furniture. Consider adding a small couch or a wicker chair with the fire pit.
14. Embrace a Modern Design
If you want to embrace a modern design for your outdoor living space, consider installing a modern fire pit. A modern fire pit is typically made from concrete, comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and is a great addition to your outdoor living space. You can make it even more modern with your outdoor furniture selections.
When choosing modern outdoor furniture, consider picking dark-colored furniture or furniture with a metallic finish. The modern design of the fire pit and the type of furniture you choose will reflect the modern design of your home and backyard.
Fall in Love With Your Outdoor Fire Pit
Your outdoor fire pit should be a space your family and friends love spending time in. Create a space that matches your style and is functional with the right professionals.
Are you ready to start designing? Contact Patriot Landscape Solutions and request an estimate today.