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?
Architect 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.
To 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.
Landscape 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.
A new deck for this renovated mid century 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.
Landscape 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.
The 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.
Designer-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.
The backyard of this townhouse designed by landscape architect Mark S. Garff features some industrial touches, including the steel wall that runs along its back edge and the compact, freestanding Cor-Ten steel fire pit. The fire pit has a cover, so it can serve as a table when not in use.
This 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.
A 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.