Building Design Inspiration
There are a lot of choices to make when adding a backyard fire pit, whether you decide to have one custom-made or buy one ready-made. Aside from their function, fire pits offer another opportunity to tailor your backyard’s design to you, regardless of its size and style. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite outdoor fire pits previously featured on Houzz. They’re mostly one of a kind. Which is your favorite?
1. Illuminated in Los AngelesArchitect Kurt Krueger’s renovation of a retired couple’s front yard on a busy street in Los Angeles was designed to extend their living space while also creating a protective screen. The fire feature makes a statement. Exterior-grade onyx covers a steel frame, with a grid of waterproof LED lights inside the steel frame producing a glowing effect through the stone at night.
2. Resilient on Vancouver IslandTo tackle the constant coastal exposure of the Pacific Northwest, where this outdoor lounge on Vancouver Island, Canada, is located, designer Jonathan Craggs had all of the outdoor features built into the patio, including the fire pit. The fire feature sits on a poured-in-place concrete base with a polished and colored precast concrete top. Tempered-glass fragments from Blazing Glass cover the burner, which sits on top of a metal pan.
3. Terraced in San FranciscoLandscape designer Beth Mullins of Growsgreen Landscape Design tamed a sloped backyard in San Francisco’s Castro District by creating a series of terraced outdoor rooms. On the lowest level, closest to the house, she created this fire nook, with a freestanding rusted-metal gas fire pit. Mullins placed it close to the stairs in case additional seating was needed during a party.
4. Midcentury Style in PhoenixA new deck for this renovated midcentury modern home in Phoenix helps bring indoor living outside. A custom steel gas fire pit built into an outdoor bench warms the deck at night and complements the streamlined, efficient architecture of the home.Cushion fabric: Sunbrella; decking: Trex
5. Naturalistic in Los AngelesLandscape architect June Scott designed this backyard in Los Angeles to embrace the natural beauty of its rocky terrain. For the fire feature, which sits in the middle of a built-in corner bench, she converted a hollowed-out stone planter from L.A.-based Asian Ceramics into a gas fire pit.
6. Campy in HoustonThe couple who owns this bungalow in Houston met at camp, and campfires played a big part at the beginning of their relationship. It was important to continue having them at their home as well.The board-formed-concrete gas fire pit sits at the edge of the concrete and gravel patio, pulled far enough away from the house so as to not heat up the house itself. Designer Brett Zamore left all the sides around the fire pit open so plenty of chairs could be pulled up around the fire.
7. Pared-Down in Northern CaliforniaDesigner-contractor Chris Corbett maintained a strict material palette when designing this backyard in Davis, California. For the fire pit, he used a honed, precast concrete top attached to a rusted steel base. He created a gap between the steel pit and the concrete patio in order to avoid rusty runoff stains.
9. Lightening Up in Northern EnglandThis fire pit seating area in North Yorkshire, England, features a curated collection of contrasting textures, including horizontal slat fencing, honed sandstone paving and a fireplace made from reclaimed York stone. Landscape designer Lee Bestall maintained an overall light-colored material palette in order to brighten the north-facing space.
10. Coastal Casual in Southern CaliforniaA decomposed granite (DG) patio in the backyard of a home in Manhattan Beach, California, frames a seating area centered around a smoke-free concrete fire pit. Landscape architect June Scott collaborated with the project’s homeowners, who selected the teak furniture and colorful outdoor throw pillows to complement the colors of the home and tie in with materials used in other parts of the project. French doors closely connect the lounge with the home’s main living area.
Patio furniture: Teak Warehouse in Manhattan Beach; see similar teak furniture
11. Soft Geometry in MilwaukeeFor a renovated backyard in Wisconsin, designer Jim Drzewiecki of Ginkgo Leaf Studio created a series of outdoor rooms, including this fire lounge area. The gas-powered fire bowl is filled with charcoal-colored fire balls, which tie in with the pebbles that outline the patio. Modern charcoal lounge chairs from Loll also pair well with the color scheme.
12. Beachfront in CaliforniaLandscape designer and builder Margie Grace reinforced the experience of relaxing at the beach when she created a sandy patio in the backyard of this waterfront home in Carpinteria, California. A stacked flagstone fire pit topped with fire glass complements the stacked flagstone bench built into the yard’s sea wall. Trucked-in sand brought the outdoor floor up to the same level as the beach, creating a seamless transition from the home garden to the natural landscape.
Concrete and ipe chairs: Wells Concrete Works
13. Urban Refuge in BrooklynPrivate outdoor space in New York City can be hard to come by, so Edward Jones and Irene Kalina-Jones of Outside Space NYC did all they could to transform a previously uninviting sunken concrete pit into a urban garden refuge. Artificial turf surrounds a raised gas fire pit, providing the homeowners with a place to relax outside without the maintenance of taking care of a lawn.
15. Layers of Stone in AtlantaArchitect Cynthia Karegeannes transformed what had been the driveway behind a home in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood into a new outdoor seating area, complete with a stacked flagstone pit. The fire pit uses the same flagstone that was used for the pergola footing and the retaining wall in front of it, creating a cohesive materials palette.
16. Clean and Classic in ChicagoBlack-stained wood, bluestone paving and oversize furnishings contribute to this patio’s cool and classic aesthetic in the Irving Park area of Chicago. The outdoor lounge area, designed by John Algozzini of K&D Landscape Management, sits just below the home’s back deck and features a freestanding cast-iron fire pit and a cluster of hefty but streamlined lounge furniture.
17. Relaxed Luxury in NapaThis backyard renovation by Katharine Webster in St. Helena, California, is classic wine country style, mixing luxe and comfort to create an ultimate outdoor getaway. In one of the outdoor gathering areas, an oversize poured-in-place concrete fire pit anchors an outdoor lounge area, with extra-large outdoor furniture helping to create a grand presence.
Fence: Howard Wire Cloth
This lake-facing house in Excelsior, Minnesota, takes advantage of its great location, with outdoor dining, lounging and a grill sitting right off the main house. The stacked fire pit blends with the back patio paving, with black Adirondack chairs offering a dramatic contrast.Read more about this home