As we say goodbye to summer and head into Autumn’s cooler weather, there’s no reason we can’t still enjoy the fresh outdoors on our backyard patio area. Gathering with family and friends around an outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows and enjoy time together during these fall days is a favorite tradition for many. Now is the best time to ensure your fire pit is ready for the cool evenings ahead with an upgraded design or a fresh new start.
Whether you’re hoping to transform your existing fire pit or create new outdoor living area, follow these creative tips to ensure you’ll be ready for the cool evenings ahead:
Illuminate the Space
In addition to the natural fireside lighting of a custom-built fire pit, consider installing exterior light fixtures around the space that create a calm, tranquil environment. Incorporating hanging lights, string lights, or LED lights around the outdoor space can help set the mood you desire and encourage friends to relax and stay around the bonfire longer.
Design a Pathway
Building a pathway that leads from your outdoor patio to the focal point of your fire pit is a popular backyard trend. For a rustic design, consider brick or stone materials, or if you’re considering building your fire pit into the ground, below the patio, installing a stairway can offer a fresh, modern design that enhances the value of your home’s exterior.
Choose a Foundation
Before laying the groundwork, consider how you plan to use your new fire pit. Are you hoping to create a private escape for relaxation and comfort? Or are you hoping to create a unique extension from your pool or grilling area for easy access and entertaining. For example, if you’re interested in creating a private space, you may decide to remove grass from the area and replace it with gravel and a fire bowl for a calm, rustic feel.
Decide Between Gas or Wood Burning
As you begin to plan your fire pit, you’ll want to decide if you prefer a gas fire pit or wood burning fire pit. Either option will create a stunning outdoor setting, but your choice will impact its final design and function. For example, a wood burning fire may require some regular cleaning and maintenance on your end, but it will also provide the authentic campfire experience you’re looking for.
When designing your fire pit, it’s important to research applicable city ordinances to make sure your design stays up to code. Cities often have different requirements for how far a fire pit can be located from a home. Contact your city to learn more about any specific regulations around your firepit design.
Building an Outdoor Fire Pit with JBDB
Ready to design an outdoor fire pit the whole family will enjoy? Contact our home remodeling team and start planning your dream outdoor area. We’ll help you transform your existing backyard layout into a unique space you and your family can enjoy all year long. Find inspiration for your backyard design in our outdoor living portfolio page then contact our team when you’re ready to get started.