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Published on 03/20/23
Equipping your backyard patio with a fire pit will make your outdoor space cozier for nights at home with the family, and up your entertaining game. Both patios and fire pits come in a range of sizes to meet your needs and accommodate your outdoor space. You can install a fire pit as the central feature of a small patio that is purpose-built as a conversation area, or carve out a zone of a larger patio to create a dedicated zone for toasting marshmallows and bonding by the light of a crackling fire.
Check out these backyard patios with fire pits in a range of styles, settings, and price points to inspire you to install a modern campfire of your own.
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Patio With Cozy Fire Pit
A tree sheltering the fire pit seating area in this Newport Beach, CA outdoor patio from Mindy Gayer Design Co. makes the space feel cozier. Low metal outdoor industrial style stools add extra seating.
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Backyard Patio With Smoke-Free Fire Pit
Most Lovely Things added a smoke-free fire pit to the backyard that makes it easy to enjoy a bonfire-style moment day or night without smelling like a campfire or worrying about smoke blowing in your eyes.
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Outdoor Living Room With Fire Pit
Modern Glam set up a backyard fire pit conversation area like a comfy outdoor family room, with a mix of rattan and slip-covered seating around a large rectangular central fire pit.
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Fire Pit With Landscaping
Michelle Boudreau Design added sculptural seating and a cacti border to this Palm Springs patio fire pit oasis.
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Outdoor Kitchen With Fire Pit
This stylish outdoor kitchen from Seed Studio Landscape Design includes a sleek white sofa and long, linear fire pit that creates a stylish spot for outdoor entertaining.
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Backyard Patio Conversation Area Fire Pit
Kate Marker Interiors used a fire pit to anchor a pair of backyard sofas that are just outside the French doors leading inside, and added side tables with outdoor lanterns to balance the light in the large open space after dark.
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Rustic Chic Patio With Fire Pit
This modern chalet-style home from WRJ Design features a sophisticated outdoor living room on the back patio that is anchored by a massive sleek rectangular black fire pit that adds contrast with the wood decking and is complemented by high-end upholstered outdoor seating.
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Multi-Level Patio With Fire Pit
This multi-level San Francisco patio from Seed Studio Landscape Design is built for entertaining, with an outdoor bar and lounge area that includes a fire pit and large sectional to seat a crowd.
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Gravel Patio With Fire Pit
This light and airy lounge space and fire pit area is set on a large patch of gravel that floats like an island in the spacious green yard. Black-and-white furniture and accessories like the black metal firewood holder keep it looking modern.
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Circular Patio Fire Pit
Michelle Boudreau Design carved out a special spot for this Palm Spring fire pit conversation area with its spherical fire pit, round wire bucket chairs, and circular cement slab base.
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Fire Pit With Inlaid Tile Rug
This spacious outdoor living room from Leclair Decor has comfortable wrap-around seating around a central rectangular fire pit that is positioned on top of an inlaid tile rug in a pale shade of gray to give it the feel of an indoor room.
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Rustic Patio With Boulder Fire Pit
WRJ Design used large boulders to define this rustic outdoor fire pit area, lending it a casual and organic feel.
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Open Patio With Stone Fire Pit
A stone fire pit and conversation area surrounded by natural wood Adirondack chairs create an intimate spot on an open backyard patio that blends right in with the natural surroundings and sweeping landscape views outside this home from JLF Architects.
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Poolside Patio With Fire Pit
Mindy Gayer Design Co. created a fire pit conversation area in this spacious and multi-zoned poolside patio in Newport Beach, CA.
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Patio Deck With Fire Pit
This outdoor fire pit area from Crisp Architects looks polished enough to fit indoors, while the clean lines and dark neutral colors of the fire pit and deck chairs allows the lush greenery of the surrounding landscape to take center stage while the sun is out.
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Extended Patio With Fire Pit
Interior designer Maite Granda added a moat-like walkway across the green grass leading to a round stone patio equipped with a matching round stone fire pit that is the centerpiece in this Florida backyard.
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Covered Patio With Fire Pit
A Beautiful Mess added a round matte black fire pit to the semi-covered backyard patio that is decorated with plants, curtains, and twinkly lights on the ceiling.
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Indoor Outdoor Patio Fire Pit
Kern & Co. added a fire pit conversation area on the patio outside the living room that is fully visible from the inside thanks to a wall of bifold doors that create a truly indoor outdoor feel.
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Small Back Patio With Fire Pit
Michelle Boudreau Design added a pair of white woven egg-shaped chairs and a spherical fire pit to this sliver of backyard patio to create an intimate hang out space.
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Dedicated Fire Pit Patio
A contemporary rectangular white fire pit is set on a dedicated patio on the green lawn of this Newport Coast backyard from Mindy Gayer Design Co.
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Stone Paver Patio With Fire Pit
This front yard fire pit from Brophy Interiors is located on a small stone paver patio equipped with armchairs a few steps from the small front porch.
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Covered Patio With Fire Pit
This Austin, TX bungalow from Martha O’Hara Interiors includes a backyard patio with a flat screen TV and comfortable outdoor armchairs around a small fire pit.
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Built-In Patio Banquette With Fire Pit
This coastal back patio from Christina Kim Interior Design has a row of sailor striped chaise longues for daytime sunbathing and a curved built-in stone banquette equipped with a round fire pit for whiling away the evenings.
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Sunken Circular Patio With Fire Pit
A sunken fire pit is the centerpiece of this rustic chic backyard patio from Kibler & Kirch.
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All-White Patio With Square Fire Pit
This Newport Beach, CA outdoor living room from Mindy Gayer Design Co. has white wicker-style furniture and is anchored by a matching large square white fire pit.
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Desert Patio Fire Pit
This open air patio from Living With Lolo includes a large fire pit that matches the sandy stucco and desert surroundings of the picturesque outdoor setting.
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Sunken Patio Fire Pit
Michelle Boudreau Design added a sunken U-shaped conversation pit that is anchored by a large rectangular fire pit to create a destination in this Palm Springs backyard.
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Painted Patio With Fire Pit
Most Lovely Things added a simple DIY fire pit to this painted backyard patio, adding black chairs that match the black, white, and gray palette.
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Indoor Outdoor Patio With Fire Pit
Brophy Interiors included zones for dining and a conversation area around a fire pit on this large Southern California patio that allows for seamless indoor outdoor living both day and night.
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Private Patio With Fire Pit
This backyard patio fire pit from Living With Lolo mixes pale finishes and black-and-gray seating to create a relaxing, neutral-toned space that seats a crowd.
Can you put a fire pit on a patio?
An open air patio is an ideal place for a fire pit, but never install a wood-burning fire pit on a covered patio as a fire safety precaution. If you are installing or building a DIY fire pit, remember that the fire pit base must be fireproof. According to Angi, you’ll need to include a protective surface such as a fire pit mat or fire-rated bricks when building a fire pit on top of a patio instead of a lawn.
What is a good size for a patio with a fire pit?
The size of your backyard patio and fire pit should be determined by how much space you have and what you want from your outdoor space. Whether you choose to install a dedicated patio for a fire pit conversation area or plan to carve out a section of your outdoor patio for a fire pit, just be sure to leave at least 6 or 7 feet around the fire pit to allow for seating, and place the fire pit at least 10 to 15 feet away from the house as a fire safety precaution. If you are building a new fire pit, also be sure to check on local permitting requirements as well as seek permission from your homeowners’ association if applicable, which may include required clearances around a fire pit.
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Patio with Fire Pit
A patio with a fire pit is a popular feature that can enhance the outdoor living space, providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere for gatherings and relaxation. The size and design of the fire pit and patio can vary to meet specific needs and preferences. The integration of fire pits into patio designs offers a range of styles, settings, and price points, allowing for customization based on individual tastes and the available outdoor space [].
Fire Pit Landscaping
Incorporating landscaping elements around a fire pit can enhance its visual appeal and create a harmonious outdoor environment. Designers often use sculptural seating, plant borders, and other landscaping features to complement the fire pit and contribute to the overall aesthetic of the outdoor space [].
Patio Size and Fire Pit Placement
Determining the appropriate size for a patio with a fire pit involves considering the available space and desired functionality. It is recommended to leave at least 6 or 7 feet around the fire pit to allow for seating, and to place the fire pit at least 10 to 15 feet away from the house as a fire safety precaution. Additionally, local permitting requirements and homeowners' association regulations should be checked when planning to build a new fire pit [].
Building a Fire Pit
When building a fire pit on a patio, it is essential to ensure that the fire pit base is fireproof and that a protective surface, such as a fire pit mat or fire-rated bricks, is included to prevent damage to the patio. Safety measures, including the use of non-wood-burning fire pits on covered patios and compliance with local regulations, are crucial considerations when constructing a fire pit [].
These concepts encompass the integration of fire pits into outdoor spaces, the design and landscaping considerations, as well as the practical aspects of building and maintaining fire pits in patios and other outdoor settings. If you have specific questions or would like further details on any of these topics, feel free to ask for more information!