I know it is Fall in Tennessee when I start lusting over outdoor firepits! Personally, I think firepits are the epitome of chic, as they show thoughtfulness and attention to detail. Treat the exterior spaces in your home the same way you would treat the interior spaces — imagine how you might want to use the space and find products that help that vision materialize.
The sunken firepit shows a nice balance, a rough-lux look. A similar look good be achieved DIY or by working with a designer. I love how this seating area curves around and the stone wall looks like it could have been original. It is a nice design.
Home of architect / interior designers Steven Harris & Lucien Rees Roberts
Another nice design (or a really, really nice design) is the firepit at Courteney Cox’s Malibu home. Featured in Elle Decor, this image screams outdoor lux. The area is perfect, from the wrap around couch encased in glass to the casual throw blanket. One thing is for sure, this firepit serves as a great gathering spot and must be one of the most popular places in her home!
The biggest decision when designing / purchasing a firepit is whether to go with gas or firewood. So far, I have shown one wood burning and one gas. Both have their perks and often the decision really comes down to the size of your backyard, whether you burn wood in your house, and what type of fire you prefer. Personally, I would be tempted to go with a wood fireplace because I tend to lean towards a purist side of doing things, however, I am sure my husband would prefer gas just because it would be easier for him since we don’t burn wood in our home and adding wood to the shopping list would be just one more thing.
Geometric fire pit sold through Design Within Reach
Another thing to consider is whether you want to just add ambiance to your backyard or if you actually want to produce heat. Wood = more heat while gas = less heat. Here is a good post from HGTV on things to consider. Remember, safety is important!
Lastly, consider whether you want to use propane or natural gas. Both have their particular advantages– propane pits are usually portable and can be moved around the yard while natural gas is usually installed though a gas line connecting to your home. On the other hand, natural gas is cheaper to buy than propane. Again, it comes down to preference and how often (and where) you want to enjoy the fire.
Expect to see a firepit really soon at BHD! Hint— it will makes its first appearance at the upcoming BHD Holiday Bazaar party on November 20th! Hope to see you all there!