Firepit Design Inspirations for Every Yard
As the temperature drops and the cool breeze returns to late evenings, cozy outdoor living space becomes more desirable. One feature that can truly improve your yard and create a comfortable gathering spot is a firepit. No matter the size of your lawn, a professionally designed fire pit can fit perfectly into any designated outdoor space. Whether you're imagining an area for entertaining friends and family, we've got you covered. Design Choices for Fire Pits Before we delve into specific design inspirations, it's essential to understand the many choices for fire pit designs. The first decision is whether you prefer a wood-burning fire pit or a gas fire pit for convenience and cleanliness. Gas fire pits typically have more innovative designs, but both can be designed to fit the homeowner's wants. Next, consider the shape, materials, and placement to match your yard's layout. Fire Pits should be about 10-25 feet away from the home, vehicles, trees (and hanging branches), and anything else flammable. You can choose between circular, square, or custom-shaped fire pits constructed from stone, brick, or metal. This stage should be simple, as fire pits are typically smaller than other hardscaping projects. Additionally, homeowners can integrate seating, such as nearby benches or chairs, to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for gathering around the fire pit. Why Now Is the Perfect Time for Fire Pits The cooler temperatures and shorter days can make fire pit gatherings a tradition. Firepits provide subtle warmth and ambiance to the area and add a focal point to your yard as they are typically placed in the center of your yard. Plus, firepits extend the usability of your outdoor area. Early fall is the perfect time to start planning your fire pit project, as you’ll be ready to enjoy it throughout the season by the time it's completed. Firepit Inspiration for Larger Yards If you have a spacious yard, you can get creative with your firepit design and surrounding outdoor space. You can create a circular fire pit as the centerpiece of your outdoor space and work backward to fill in the remaining space. Surround the area with comfortable seating options like wall-hugging sofas and lounge chairs to create a complete lounge area. Add some outdoor lighting in the area for extra safety during the night. For a more rustic vibe, an oversized stone firepit can work to blend with the local plants. Large yards allow for multiple seating arrangements and open the possibility for more hardscaping projects, such as patios, walkways, and retaining walls. To complete the look, get inspired with landscaping additions around the firepit area with vibrant flowers to enhance the overall look. Fire Pit Inspiration for Small Yards Even if your yard is smaller, your outdoor space can still benefit from a fire pit. You can play around with shapes and keep the size relatively small — consider a square or rectangular fire pit that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the space. To maximize functionality and space, consider a fire pit that doubles as a coffee table or seating space for dining. A smaller space can also incorporate landscaping features like nearby planters and flowerbeds. Locations to Consider When deciding on the placement of your firepit, think about the best location in a less crowded space or look to the center of that specific yard. Avoid placing it too close to structures to prevent potential hazards and surrounding plants. Additionally, consider the wind direction (if necessary) to prevent smoke from blowing towards seating areas or other undesired spaces. To define the space properly, you might want to adorn the area using pavers, gravel, or other hardscape materials. Ultimately, the ideal location should balance accessibility as it will become the heart of that space. It's time to turn your outdoor spaces into a spot perfect for warm gatherings. Contact Lawns & Beyond for professional services to help design and install the perfect fire pit for your yard. Our experts will work with you to create a stunning outdoor space you and your family can enjoy year-round.