We had so much fun designing our backyard entertaining area this summer and we are even more excited to get to put the best fire pit I have ever seen to use in the coming fall months. We turned this thing on a few times over the summer to roast marshmallows but, to be honest, it has just been too hot here to utilize any of our new patio design ideas other than the pool (which I also love haha). Living in the South we usually get pretty mild weather, nothing gets much colder than the lower 50s until you get into January and February. After looking through a lot of backyard fire pit designs, we felt like this long gas coffee table style design would be a great fit for what we planned on using it for.
From my perspective, the best fire pit designs are those that blend seamlessly in with the flow and decor of your outdoor entertaining spaces rather than looking like a random element thrown in there without much thought. This edgy contemporary deck space with pool is such a cool example of how to incorporate a modern fire pit (well several of them as you can see) in a highly decorative way. This outdoor space certainly enhances the look of the exterior of their home (as well as the entire property) and generates so much more usable living space, not only because of the style, but also because of the warmth brought from the multiple fire features. This home is definitely a fantastic source of pool patio ideas if you are in need of any inspiration this season.
This is probably the best fire pit I have ever seen -- both the view and the design is just absolutely stunning. From what I can tell, most of the freestanding fire pit ideas that you see to not look as high mend, maybe because of the shape or perhaps it is the material. I think that the round bowl design looks fantastic from a decorative standpoint, but also probably provides a ton of warmth because you can really maximize the surface area of the fire. It is the perfect simplistic design to go with contemporary architecture or a more rustic cabin. Even though we don't have quite as luxurious a view, I still think that this would probably be the best outdoor fire pit for our home, especially because of our large family (and the number of chairs that need to be pulled around).
We rented this home for a recent family vacation, and it had just the best fire pit that I have ever had the pleasure of using. I don't know if it was the design of it or just the fact that my family gathered around it every night and had so much fun, but it now has me looking into backyard fire pit ideas to install back home. You may be able to tell from the photos that it is a gas powered design so all you have to do is turn a switch on and it will light (so easy for a non outdoorsy person like me). Also it blended right in to the deck around it and looked like a piece of furniture rather than a hunk of logs. Most patio designs with fire pit features that I have seen look more out of place and random, but this one flowed so nicely.
When my wife and I were weighing what may be the best fire pit design for our back patio area we had trouble deciding between your more traditional built in container or a freestanding unit that you can buy independently at places like Lowe's or Home Depot (or Amazon in our case). As you can see from the photos, we ended up going with the latter outdoor fire pit as we were concerned about committing to a large and expensive design before really getting a feel for how much our family would use it. A local company quoted us at several thousand dollars for permanent design built into the flagstone patio out back and, quite frankly the price scared us.
We are trying to figure out the best fire pit style to put on our back patio area. I don't know if we should make the investment on one of the built in varieties that is actually part of the stone patio, or just buy one of these nice pre-fab fire pit designs like they have here. The benefit of a built in design is that it will probably increase the value of our home down the road -- or if nothing else, the desirability for potential buyers. In my opinion, having a cool outdoor entertaining area would definitely be a benefit. On the other hand, those more permanent outdoor fire pit ideas definitely can be costly so I like the thought of buying something for a couple hundred bucks that we could try out and see if we wanted to upgrade to something more permanent.