On an autumn night, gathering around a fire outside with family and friends can be a fun memory to treasure. If you love campfires but hate camping, you can add a fire pit to your backyard to give you that warm, cozy feeling of the campfire without the hassle.
While adding a fire pit to your backyard might seem like a lot of work, it is actually easier than you might think. You do not have to dig a hole in the middle of the yard; you can have one above ground. Depending on how you design it, some can even go on the deck or patio, which is perfect if you do not have a big yard to put a pit in or if you want to enjoy it in the fall when it is raining. You can also add faux stone to your fire pit to give it a more authentic look without needing to hire a professional mason for the job.
Whether you love making s’mores or roasting hot dogs, there are a few ways you can add a fire pit to your backyard. Plus, bugs typically avoid smoke, so having a fire going will help keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Here, we will look at some of the ways that you can add a fire pit to your backyard to make it somewhere you want to spend your evenings.
Gas Fire Pit Table
One popular option for a fire pit is the gas fire pit table. These are great because they can go anywhere in your yard, even on your deck or patio. The fire pit also gives you a little bit of table space too, so you can set a place or drink on the table while you wait for your marshmallows to get toasty enough to eat. A fire pit that can go under a covered area is especially attractive if you want to use it when it is raining or snowing; just imagine sitting in front of your fire pit on a cool winter evening with a fuzzy blanket and a mug of hot chocolate.
It is easy to add faux stone to this style of fire pit, too, because it is square, so the corner pieces can be installed pretty easily.
Feel Like a Campfire
If you really love campfires, you can make your backyard fire pit resemble one. You can make a large, circular area with benches to sit on that surround your fire. You can purchase an above-ground circular pit like this and surround it with faux stone to make it look more authentic. Then you can line the benches with the same faux stone so that everything matches.
If you do not want a fire pit but would instead prefer a fireplace, that is also easy to do outside. You can build a wood-burning fireplace on your back patio, then cover it in faux stone or brick to give it an authentic look.
If you want the look of the fireplace but do not want actual fire on your patio, you can instead use an electric fireplace that looks real and still provides warmth on a cool night, but without requiring actual fire.
Decorating Your Backyard Around the Fire Pit
Aside from the look of the fire pit itself, there are other ways that you can make your fire pit stand out. Let’s look at some decorating options that can accent the fire pit.
You can add cozy seating around the fire pit to make it even more alluring. There are endless possibilities here for what you can do, depending on your personal tastes. You can add an L-shaped outdoor couch to bring everyone closer together or add some comfortable chairs. You can even add benches to put around the fire pit.
There are many lighting options for a backyard that can make it feel magical at night. You can get some string lights to put around the yard and light it up, and there are many options out there to go with your personal style, so you can have fun with lighting up your yard. There are plenty of waterproof lighting options that you can keep enjoying, no matter what time of year it is.
Add a Path
If your fire pit is not right outside of your back door, you can add a little path to it. You can add some paving stones to lead guests to it, add some ground lights, or even line the path with plants or flowers. If you decide to line the path with plants of some kind, you can also surround your seating area around the fire pit with the same plants to encircle it and provide a beautiful backdrop.
Even if your fire pit has a little table on it, you should still consider adding some end tables in between the chairs so that everyone has a place to put their drinks and phones while they are enjoying the fire and the company.
Create a Backdrop
As we mentioned earlier, you can use plants and flowers to create a beautiful backdrop behind your fire pit. If you have a fence or retaining wall behind the fire pit, you can install faux stone there, too, to create a background. You can grow some climbing plants to go up the fence and give it a cheerful look.
The goal of any project like this is to have fun. Choose a fire pit design that will make you happy and that you will love to show off. Take some time to make the setting look amazing and something completely unique to you and your home.
About the Author
Auz Burger is a freelance writer and an expert in faux stone and brick veneer and home DIY projects. She has a BA from Washington State University and has been writing and editing professionally for over a decade.