Just because it's fall, you don't have to retire your outdoor furniture (and outdoor entertaining plans). A gorgeous firepit keeps you warm and creates a cozy gathering spot. Though you could opt for a portable firepit, a built-in makes an interesting focal point for your backyard or patio.
The material choice also gives you an opportunity to change the feel of your outdoor space, too. For instance, this stone firepit by Connecticut landscaping firm YardApes (spotted on DIY Network) helps introduce a more rustic feel that's further enhanced by the interesting wood chairs that surround it.
Thinking about following her lead and adding a built-in firepit? Check out a few of these designs for inspiration.
B. Jane Gardens used a variety of stone for the firepit in the yard of a very rustic home in Wimberley, Texas. The variations of color, texture and shape echo the stone facade of the home.
For a bit more drama, use large stones to create your firepit like in this design by Van Zelst Landscape Development & Management. The bluestone gravel also picks up the cool tones of those fantastic rocks.
Stone doesn't always have to go in a rustic direction, however. This firepit by Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture has a tidy silhouette that gives it a more contemporary feeling.
If you're trying to go for a modern look, concrete is the best option. The material shifts the focus to form, like the clean-lined square firepit on a patio by Austin Bean Design Studio.
In the backyard of a very luxurious home in Holmby Hills, California by P2 Design, a rectangular firepit anchors a simple seating area. Like the above design, cement keeps the focus on form. When not in use, the spacious ledge makes a great place to rest a glass of wine.
Landscape designer Debora Carl chose sand-blasted rock to create the fire element in the backyard of her Encinitas, California home. The shape echoes the form of the elevated beds and the water feature nearby.