11 of the Hottest Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Ideas and Pictures

Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces are an incredibly useful addition to your outdoor living area. That’s because they add both light and heat to your outdoor space.

Plus, because everyone is drawn to fire, adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace also helps transform your space into a gathering place, enhancing everyone’s overall enjoyment.

When it comes to outdoor fireplace ideas and fire pit designs, there are so many directions you can go.

From size, to material and even storage capabilities for the wood, there are a multitude of design decisions to be made, all of which will make the fire pit or outdoor fireplace truly your own. Because we know narrowing down the possibilities might feel a bit overwhelming, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest outdoor fireplace pictures from our portfolio of work to help get the ideas burning.

1. Pay Attention to the Orientation of Your Outdoor Fireplace

The orientation is where the outdoor fireplace design really counts. An outdoor fireplace cannot just be plunked anywhere in the yard. Attention must be given to its placement.

Check out these great outdoor fireplace ideas and fire pit designs for your backyard.This particular outdoor fireplace can be seen from strategic areas of the property, including a bench seat in the nearby pool. That means the family can be right by the kids while they swim while also still getting a straight shot view of the gorgeous roaring fire–and its mounted television. If you’re going to invest in a beautiful outdoor fireplace, you surely want to enjoy it as often as possible!

2. Include Ample Hearth and Mantle Space

The decorative possibilities run wild with both the mantle and hearth space available in your design. In this particular case, the hearth also provides functional space to keep the tools needed for this rustic wood-burning outdoor fireplace.

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This is also a great example of the fact that a television does not have to be mounted to the chimney. Instead, it can also be mounted to a beam, as it is in this pavilion. In this particular example, the chimney is not a structural part of the pavilion as in other designs.

3. Consider the Surroundings of Your Outdoor Fireplace

This is a great example of how important it is for an outdoor fireplace design to take into account the rest of the property. That’s because every single element makes a difference in the overall look and feel of your space.

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In this case, the chimney complements the brick that is on the main home. Taking design features from your home into account ensures that a new feature on your property doesn’t look completely foreign. It’s important that is blends with its surroundings as though it was always there. Because of the attention given to this chimney, the pavilion makes a seamless blend into the existing landscape.

4. Make it a Destination

The beautiful curved hearth of this fireplace draws you in. For this client, like so many others, they had their kids in mind in their goal of creating a “hang-out spot” by their fireplace area.

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By creating a destination in your backyard, you’re creating a space where your kids, even as they get older, want to be. In this particular outdoor fireplace design, there was also a wood storage cove created in the back so that wood could be stored out of sight.

5. Create Privacy with Your Outdoor Fireplace

Any structure can also be used to help create some privacy. In this outdoor fireplace image, you can see how the fireplace itself helps in terms of privacy screening from the neighbors.

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On this property, where houses are close to one another and space is at a premium, a cozy fireplace blocks some of the view into the neighbor’s yard while creating a comfortable seating area off of the outdoor kitchen. With a good design, you can maximize even a smaller space to its full potential.

6. Go for Freestanding

While a lot of our outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are built within pavilions, a freestanding outdoor fireplace is also a beautiful addition to your space. Because there is no mounted television dictating any dimensions, the chimney can be narrower in a design like this.

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This seating area also ties in a lot of natural elements with the boulder rock wall flanking the fireplace. A small storage area was built into the side of this structure to store the wood.

7. Opt for Curves Beyond Your Fire Pit Wall

This is another great example of a design that works with the specific area to customize a finished product. Because this is a long and narrow lot, the space was somewhat limited.

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The curved walls not only create some unique seating areas but also add some aesthetic appeal in an area that was spatially limited. Like all of our fire pit designs, this one includes a stainless steel liner to help dissipate heat. That is a custom element that is part of all our designs and not something you would get with a store-bought fire pit.

8. Integrate Lots of Seating Space

This combination of a concentric retaining wall with seating built in provides more than enough space for people to sit. Imagine gathering around the fire pit to roast marshmallows, share stories, or simply cozy up with your family and friends.

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With ample seating space, everyone can have a comfortable place to sit by the fire. Make sure that your outdoor fireplace or fire pit design takes plenty of nearby seating into account.

9. Use Your Fire Pit Design to Create a Cozy Nook

This seating wall is pulled into a curve that is just a tad over 180 degrees in order to provide ample seating space and a cozy little nook for family and guests. The lights built into the wall provide added functionality in getting around the space at night.

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While not pictured here, this client (like many) added beautiful and comfy cushions to the area that not only add to the comfort level but create a colorful visual during the day.

10. Don’t Afraid to Go With a Square Fire Pit

There’s no rule saying that your fire pit has to be circular! A square fire pit is unique and even a bit more modern in its appearance.

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In this case, the square fire pit was incorporated into a modular wall built at various heights. It creates a lot of visual appeal while also providing plenty of space for family and guests to gather around and enjoy the comfort and warmth of the fire.

11. Think Outside of the Box

Who says your fire pit need only have fire? In this unique fire-and-water feature, it almost appears as though the water itself is on fire. It creates an incredibly unusual showpiece that is truly one-of-a-kind.

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Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Combining fire and water was the client’s idea in this case! We always encourage our clients to dream big and work with their ideas.

Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Designs

If you thought that adding a firepit or outdoor fireplace was simple, you might feel a bit differently now. Sure, anyone could build an outdoor fireplace from a prefabricated kit or plunk a cheap fire pit in your yard. But a custom design and a high quality end result takes much more forethought.

Fire pit and outdoor fireplace design for your Reading, York, Hershey or Lancaster, PA home.The possibilities are truly endless in terms of what you can create with a good outdoor fireplace design. But good design are the key words. Without the help of a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA), your project may not take into account all of those little details that really do make a difference. From exactly where to build it to what materials will help it best complement the surrounding property, it’s those small details that can count the most in the end.

With the help of a RLA, you’ll feel comfortable walking through all of the outdoor fireplace ideas from choosing the best material, to wood versus gas, or even other design considerations such as the size of the mantle, whether to mount a television, and adding storage. Every single decision matters and is one step closer toward the fire pit or outdoor fireplace truly being your own.

Earth, Turf & Wood can help you through every stage of the process. From the design phase to its completion, we will ensure that your fire pit or outdoor fireplace is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of. We have created hundreds of custom outdoor fireplaces and fire pits for our clients over the years. Whether it’s a small project or something much larger, we can help you bring your outdoor fireplace and fire pit ideas to life.

11 Best Outdoor Kitchen Ideas and Designs for Your Stunning Kitchen

You do not need to eat out in a fancy restaurant if you have one at home. The best part is you can invite your friends to eat while enjoying your backyard landscaping. Check out these 11 best and stunning outdoor kitchen ideas that will impress your friends.

1. French Country Outdoor Kitchen

The combination of classic and elegant look can be seen clearly here. The kitchen is constructed of natural stone with various shapes and sizes, accentuating its traditional look and complementing the stone floor.

Classic black lanterns are suspended from the pergola, providing dim light for a more romantic ambiance as well as illuminating some essential spots.

The pergola is covered with polycarbonate roof that prevents the rain and snow from ruining the kitchen without blocking the sun.

2. DIY Simple Outdoor Kitchen

Having an outdoor kitchen does not have to make you go broke. You can still have an inexpensive outdoor kitchen that suits your style well if you make it yourself.

This simple outdoor kitchen is constructed of corrugated galvanized sheets and some boards. The roof slopes down to the back, allowing water to glide easily rather than being trapped in the middle. Globe LED string lights are hung over the kitchen to provide some light at night.

3. Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Idea

Lighting also plays an important role in creating a romantic and relaxing ambiance in your outdoor kitchen. Besides, it can help you see things better at night so you can add the right ingredients.

Try opting globe LED string lights for the soothing effect. The light produced by the bulbs is not too bright, but it is just enough to brighten up your backyard.

4. Outdoor Kitchen in a Glass House

Calling your party off due to the rain is a real bummer. But it will not happen if you have this glasshouse in your backyard.

The glasshouse is quite spacious to accommodate a kitchen and a few dining tables. You can invite your friends to come over for a small garden party despite the bad weather.

The glass walls and roofs prevent the weather from ruining your party without stopping you from enjoying the landscaping.

5. Elegant Outdoor Kitchen

The granite countertop with curvy edges enhances the elegance of this kitchen. To supplement the look, three stools featuring wrought-iron frame line up in front of the bar.

A comfortable cream sofa with a sophisticated frame sits in front of the fireplace, creating a cozy place to sit back while enjoying the chats. To add more style as well as protecting the kitchen from the heavy rain, a roof with the exposed ceiling is installed.

6. Outdoor Bar on a Deck

This small kitchen perches nicely on this deck. The stone island matches the landscaping perfectly. And the glossy marble countertop makes it look lavish.

7. Outdoor Kitchen with Pizza Oven

If your family enjoys eating pizzas while relaxing in the backyard, try building an outdoor kitchen with pizza oven.
This stone pizza oven will help you make an authentic pizza as well as creating an upscale look to the kitchen.

It is much better than the delivery pizza as you can make one that suits your taste and get closer with your family and friends at the same time.

8. Cozy Outdoor Kitchen Idea

Do you have a small outdoor kitchen? No problem! Big things may come from a small thing, just like this kitchen. Although it is quite small, it can provide a cozy place for you and your friends to enjoy the scrumptious meal while catching up on the latest news.

The bar is surrounded by stools, accommodating more people so you can have a whale of a time with them.

9. All-in-One Kitchen Idea

Are you looking for a place where you can chill out and banter with your friends while enjoying some homemade mouth-watering food? Try this outdoor kitchen idea.

This kitchen allows you to grill some veggies and meat, keep your body warm by sitting around the fire pit and sit out on the swing at the same time. It is like an all-in-one entertaining area that enables you to do all the things that can make you feel more relaxed.

10. Blend with Nature

One word that can describe the fusion of traditional and futuristic look is “Amazing!”

This outdoor kitchen is made of natural stone and concrete countertop. The different sizes and color hues of the stones make the kitchen look rustic. The stainless-steel stoves and grill add the touch of futuristic look.

The absence of the roof allows the sun to illuminate the kitchen well. However, you will not be able to enjoy cooking outside when it begins to rain.

11. Outdoor Kitchen on a Budget

A fabulous outdoor kitchen is not always pricey. This bamboo kitchen infuses the traditional ambiance of the Japanese style. Even the roof complements the bar and countertop very well, creating a soothing atmosphere for those who want to relax a little bit.

Those are 11 best outdoor kitchen ideas that you can apply to jazz your backyard up. The most important thing is it has to add a personality boost and give you the ultimate comfort.


Sitting around an outdoor fire pit with loved ones, gazing at the warm flames under the starry night sky, life is just blissful and magical!

As a home and garden designer, I see fire pit on almost everyone’s wish list. The good news is, you don’t have to spend thousands on a custom built fire feature. I can’t wait to share with you my favorite fire pit ideas today, from beautiful DIY fire pits in one day, to stylish outdoor fire pits to buy for less than $100. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )


  1. The idea height of a fire pit ranges from ground level to about 20″. You can enjoy the most warmth from the fire at this height.
  2. Remember to provide drainage for outdoor fire pits. It can be a layer of gravel at the bottom of an in ground fire pit, or drain holes in a fire bowl.
  3. Choose the right materials such as fire bricks, lava rocks, lava pebbles, or fire glass to put inside fire pits, because certain materials such as concrete or river rocks exposed to high heat can explode. Some of the good tutorials below address these considerations in detail.
  4. Charcoal or wood burning fire pits  can release flame sparks, and chemicals including carbon monoxide. Always use caution to prevent fire and chemical hazards!

Now the important basics are out of the way, let’s explore some great fire pit ideas!


This easy DIY wood burning fire pit is made of stacked flagstone, fire brick interiors, and pea gravel which filled the bottom. A 6 to 12 inch deep gravel layer can provide sufficient drainage for most DIY fire pits. The secret to this beautiful DIY fire pit is to take the time to stack the stone in a natural looking pattern.


Two beautiful variations of in ground fire pits, one is made with large boulders, the other is made of stacked stone, which also functions as a low retaining wall, giving the outdoor fire pit an attractive look almost like a fireplace.

TIP: Before digging into the ground, always call 811, the “Call Before You Dig Number.” to come to site and mark any underground utility lines.


Create a super fun DIY fire pit grill or fire pit BBQ by adding grill grates over wood burning fire pits. Here’s a 16 inch square grill grate, and here is a round swing-away grate. ( Top image source lost. Please let me know if you find the original source, thank you! )

You may also love: Build a simple wood fired pizza oven in one weekend!

Super detailed tutorial on building a cob / earth oven from scratch using simple and recycled materials! Taught by a world renowned teacher plus a free info and picture packed ebook! – A Piece of Rainbow


Board formed concrete and lava pebbles make this outdoor fire pit table super attractive. Below are two great DIY tutorials to make your own!

My awesome friend Ben is a super talented architect who makes high quality furniture accessible to everyone through his creative DIY projects. Looks at his fire pit coffee table, isn’t it stunning? Check out his detailed tutorial at Homemade Modern, and his great youtube video channel below-

Below is another wonderful tutorial of DIY wood burning fire pit table, using a per-made fire bowl at center. Tip:lava pebbles look great and are safer than river rocks when used near high heat.


At 26 inch diameter by 19h, this chic propane fire pit coffee table has beautiful metalwork details, and powerful heating abilities. The included side table offers room to conceal a standard 20-pound propane tank! Available at $160 here.


The 30 inch round cast iron wood burning fire bowl will nicely complement any existing décor with its deep black finish and simple design. Available here at $89.

The steel cauldron fire bowl with cover shield looks great in a naturalistic setting. Choose from 2 models at 34″ or 23.5″ diameter , 9″ or 12” height. Available here at $80. Tip: bring extra fun and enjoyments to your fire bowls by adding matching size grill grates to these fire bowls.

This 36 inch by 18in wood burning fire bowl BBQ comes with a grill grate! Available here .


A fire pit kit with metal fire ring and circular precast stones makes it so much easier to build your own fire feature. Above is the video tutorial from Lowes Youtube channel.

15 of Our Favorite Shower Tile Ideas

With our tile tips in tow, you can start exploring the many design options for your shower. These ideas should inspire you!

1. Marble-Look Walls and Mosaic Flooring

Marble-look ceramic tile walls and mosaic flooringMarble-look ceramic tile walls with a large horizontal running bond pattern and coordinating mosaic grid flooring give this bathroom an elegant look. Using the same flooring throughout the entire bathroom visually amplifies the space.

2. Make Mine a Combo

Ceramic tile feature wallWhen you have a tub and shower combination, you may have the opportunity to create a feature wall with decorative tile. We love the color consistency of this decor, especially with the unique tile flooring pattern! For tubs that are not freestanding, consider a tub surround with your ceramic tile choice.

3. Rustic Rectangles

Rustic rectangular tileThis unadorned, urban vibe is accentuated by large rectangular panels and a curbless shower.

4. Sleek Subway Tile

Sleek subway ceramic tile shower wallWhite subway tile provides a classic feature backdrop that contrasts well with the slate gray flooring (notice that the grout in the subway tile picks up the color of the floor tile).

5. Diamond Rug Accent

Diamond rug ceramic tile accent on a shower wallThis lighter diamond rug accent pattern of tile on the shower wall pops against the darker natural stone-effect tile. The lighter grout accentuates the tile on the floors and walls and compliments the feature area.

6. Modern Octagon and Dot

Octagon and dot ceramic tile shower wallThe varying yellow tones of these octagon and dot shower walls make for a bold contrast with the black grid flooring, creating a striking look.

7. Subtle Accents

Ceramic shower tile with a floral patternSubtle floral patterns accent the earth tones of this shower for a clean, comforting environment. While the shower walls feature a rectangular grid, the flooring uses a mosaic for added slip resistance.

8. Not Your Average Black and White

Modern farmhouse bathroom with ceramic tileThis modern farmhouse bathroom is a mastery of complements and contrasts: rustic white brick walls against charcoal mosaic shower floor tiles surrounded by a feature floor of unique patterns that bring together all the color elements in this bathroom.

9. Better Where It’s Wetter

Mosaic ceramic tile window border in a showerThe blues, yellows, and greens in this mosaic window border add an under-the-sea sensation to this shower’s earthy, variegated subway tile walls and iridescent navy tiled ceiling.

10. Aqua Agua

Vertical aqua subway tile provides an invigorating pop against the white on white subway and the stone-look mosaic tiles completing this look. A curbless shower allows the flooring to flow in and out of the shower (but the water stays IN)!

11. Vertical aqua subway tile11. Keep It in the Family

Stone-look ceramic tile in a bathroomThis bathroom uses different sizes and shapes of natural stone-look tile but keeps it in the same tile family of coordinating options.

12. Functional Grid

Functional grid ceramic tile in a showerThis dark gray mosaic accent stripe and three-dimensional white wall tile forms a simple grid design that’s fun and functional. Note: The shower floor reuses the same mosaic but with a matte finish and dark grout.

13. Uncommonly Good

Marble-look ceramic tile shower wallThe accent wall in this shower combines the look of marble with an uncommon shape. The result is a shower that’s simultaneously classic and modern.

14. What’s Old Is New Again

Octagon and dot ceramic bath tileUsing a marble-look for this elongated octagon and dot pattern adds a modern twist to a style made popular in the Victorian era.

15. Stone Grids

Bathroom stone-look ceramic tileThe different sizes and shapes of these stone-look tiles build a clean, consistent look both inside and outside of the shower.