Imagine sitting around a relaxing fire with your friends, toasting to a summer night, or warming up on a chilly fall evening.
Now imagine doing that in your own backyard.
With a fire pit, that dream can easily become a reality.
One of the fastest growing trends in lawn and landscape design, they are popping up all over the country, and for good reason. They allow you to mimic the comfort and enjoyment of your traditional fireplace while also enjoying your backyard view.
Today, we’re breaking down a few ways you can design the perfect fire pit.
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Before you begin designing and building your fire pit, you’ll want to take a few safety precautions first.
A good place to start is your city’s local building codes. From there, you’ll be able to discern if there are any specific ordinances or regulations you need to follow to create a safe and effective space.
When picking out the perfect place, keep in mind that it should be adequately away from your home. This can help you avoid accidentally catching anything on fire. Experts recommend installing it at least 10 feet away from your house — 25 feet if possible. In the same vein, remember to always install it away from any covered porches or even low-hanging tree limbs.
Also, remember to always install it away from any covered porches or even low-hanging tree limbs. Check to make sure the surface you install on is not flammable. You can use a collapsible ladder to confirm 😊
Taking the time to review these considerations at the onset can make all the difference in the long run!
Once your installation is complete, there are many different elements to think about when incorporating the perfect design. Chief among these is seating.
After all, it should be a relaxing place for people to lounge. The best way to design this type of atmosphere? Comfy seating, of course!
While it can be difficult to determine just what type of seating to use, let your fire pit be the guide.
Is it rectangular? Benches that form an L-shape might work best so people can talk across from each other. If it’s a traditional circle shape, Adirondack chairs arranged around the perimeter can offer the perfect solution. They’re all-weather with a slight incline, making them the perfect place to curl up or hang out!
Remember to add a few strategically-placed side tables around your seating area to ensure that guests always have a place to set their drinks and snacks.
Try enhancing your space with some earthy materials such as crushed stone underneath, a circle of natural stones on top, or even a few rustic side elements such as a picnic table nearby.
By blurring the lines between the outside and indoors, you can help your guests feel right at home around the blazing fire. This way, they can the rusticity of “roughing it” in nature, while also enjoying the amenities and comforts of home they’re used to.
At the same time, don’t forget to add a few touches of bold color to punch up the scene and add some fun whimsy to your design. Start with some bright pillows in your favorite hue. Then, work around those elements to build a larger color scheme through blankets, colorful furniture, and more.
We’ve already covered some of the basic safety rules to follow when determining where to place your fire pit, but what are some guidelines for placement design-wise?
We suggest finding a place to build it that you can easily see and monitor from the indoors. You’ll be better able to monitor if your guests need anything, and can also be aware of any incidents that might require your immediate attention.
Also, consider incorporating it into a part of a larger patio area to enlarge your entertaining space even further. You can also install another landscape design feature, such as a fountain, across from the pit. This will give your guests a visual thrill and also helps add balance.
Wherever you ultimately decide to install your fire pit, be sure to take into account your typical wind speed and direction. Nothing ruins a good party quite like half of the crowd being blasted with smoke every few minutes. Even if you opt for a gas-powered pit, your radius of heat could still be blown off proportion by a strong crosswind.
Not sure where to find your area’s wind speed and direction? Check out the Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Wind Rose Resources.
One thing that can make a fire pit party feel a little less enjoyable? Running back and forth every half hour or so to restock the snacks, get more drinks, or grab more blankets.
Before planning your next evening of entertaining, try buying or building a wooden bar cart to stock with all your party essentials. A home decor mainstay that’s seen a recent resurgence in popularity, bar carts are the perfect way to keep your must-haves within reach. Despite the name, they don’t have to be used strictly for beverages.
Consider stocking yours with seasonal blankets, glasses, plates, extra finger foods (that can withstand the sun, if necessary), napkins, roasting sticks, and anything else you think your guests can use or would enjoy.
If you’re ready to make the most out of your outdoor entertaining area, including your fire pit, we’d love to help you create the perfect natural oasis.
We’re dedicated to helping people relax in nature and enjoy their lawn, garden, pond, and more. One of the top ways to do so is by lounging in an Adirondack chair.