Who doesn’t love the idea of spending an evening in the backyard, cozied up in front of a roaring fire under the stars enjoying time with friends and family?

There’s something in all of us that is attracted to the warmth of a fire on cool evenings and the relaxing atmosphere that the soft light of a fireplace or fire pit can add to any outdoor setting.

An outdoor fireplace will not only increase the value of your home, it will increase your ability to enjoy spending time outdoors as the nights get cooler and the seasons change.  Outdoor fireplaces create great spaces for family and friends to get together in the colder months to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Here are some design ideas to consider for creating an outdoor fireplace or firepit:

A deep hearth with an array of pillows creates extra seating for guests around the outdoor fireplace of this Delaware home. The wood-burning fire place is perfectly situated at the woodland’s edge, allowing guests to enjoy the natural surroundings while being warmed by the fire.  The fireplace is made of vernacular stone and brick which compliment the architecture of the house.

This particular stone fire-pit space is nestled into the landscape and has a glorious view of the rear property.

Designing Outdoor Fireplaces


Fire and water coexist happily in this space. Entertaining is a joy in this mixed use outdoor living space.

Designing Outdoor Fireplaces


A gas fire-pit extends the seasons of this spectacular landscape. Wallace was able to skillfully carve the pool into the existing hillside to create a dramatic multi-level outdoor entertainment space.

Designing Outdoor Fireplaces