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What is the ultimate backyard bonding experience? Fire, food and friends! For many homeowners, a fire pit is a great way to make their backyard an inviting place to hang out, even on colder evenings. For smaller yards, it can serve as a center-piece of the landscape design. In larger yards, it can serve as a way to create a separate space in the yard designed for lounging.
Choose the Right Fire Pit Design
When choosing a fire pit it’s important that you choose one that makes sense with the rest of your landscaping. If your yard has retaining walls or other hardscaping features, you will want to consider one that blends in with the surroundings.
You also want to consider the size of your fire pit. Larger yards can incorporate a larger fire pit and seating area without feeling crowded. Smaller yards should have smaller pits so that there is enough room for seating and other elements in the design of the yard.
Shrubs and Plants for Privacy
Another thing you want to consider is that you want to create some sort of privacy barrier with your landscaping. Plant shrubs around the edge of where you are planning to put your new outdoor fireplace so that people can’t see into your yard when they walk by. This will also define the space and make it feel more put-together.
In cases where your yard has a great view, this may not be necessary. The fire pit should be placed in such a way that guests will be able to enjoy the scenery from the fire pit area.
Define the Space
Place a few chairs around the pit so you can have friends over for dinner or drinks or to watch the sunset. Incorporating a fire pit into your landscape design is all about creating a place to gather. That’s why it’s important to plan everything from seating to what type of ground materials will be used to define the space around the fire pit.
A popular choice for this are pavers. Pavers are easy to install and can be used in a variety of patterns. Not only this, but they come in a variety of choices of materials, so you can find an option that fits your budget. If pavers are out of your price range, though, decorative concrete can also be a good choice. They have designs that can be made to look like pavers so you keep the style you want, but not the price tag.
Yet another choice is decomposed granite. If you live in an area where it rains frequently, consult with a professional landscaper to talk about what binders may need to be added to keep the mud and erosion to a minimum.
Whatever material you use to define the space will work to ensure that aesthetically, the fire pit area looks planned and fits the rest of the landscaping. But, it will also serve another purpose. Defining the space like this will help ensure everyone’s safety, especially if you have kids.
Landscape lighting creates ambience and enhances the design at night. If your fire pit is on a far end of your yard, lighting the walking path to the fire pit will not only create more safety but help accentuate the design of the fire pit area. Not only this but you can have a great time cooking marshmallows, drinking wine and playing games around the fire pit at night.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, we hope the examples of landscaping ideas around fire pits will help get the creative juices flowing. From choosing the right fire pit and planting shrubs or plants for privacy to adding lighting that will make your space come alive at night – there are many options when it comes to creating an inviting outdoor living area where friends and family can gather. Do any of these landscape design tips inspire you?