Who says home décor has to be contained to the inside? While winter is the time to spend indoors and soak up the cozy warmth of a fireplace, I look forward to the spring and summertime so I can spend cool nights by my outdoor fire pit. In my mind, there’s nothing better than watching flames from a roaring backyard fire, with drinks and s'mores in hand, under a moonlit night. (Though that does make me sound a bit like a pyromaniac.)
If you agree, it's time to extend your home décor to the outdoors! Here are some backyard fire pit ideas:
Grab your toolbox and set aside a few days to build your own brick fire pit. Family Handyman details all of the steps involved, complete with the reassurance that your brickwork doesn't have to be perfect for the fire pit to look great and work properly. However, if this project feels beyond your DIY abilities, there are also plenty of classic brick fire pits available for purchase online or at your local home improvement store.
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The bowl of fire
For less than $50, you can use concrete and an old bowl to make a sleek and modern fire pit. This tutorial calls for gas fuel, which means you can amp up the ambiance by filling the bowl with fire safe decorative stones. Alternatively, HGTV suggests a Restoration Hardware fire pit that achieves the same concrete fire bowl look.
The fire trough
If you have enough free space, consider building or investing in a long, rectangular shaped fire pit. Moving away from the traditional round version will make your unique fire pit a sleek statement piece for your backyard or patio area.
The cast iron icon
Simple and rustic, fire pits made out of cast iron are the perfect cozy addition to your outdoor space. There are plenty of shapes and sizes to choose from, such as modern open basins or lidded fire pits with lattice cutout sides.
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The copper beauty
If you're hoping to strike that modern, yet rustic balance, a hammered copper fire pit reflects the light from the flames, drawing your eyes toward the irresistible warmth. Sip on a Moscow Mule by the fire for an Instagram-worthy pic.
While relaxing by the backyard fire pit gives you all the feels, be sure to practice the same wood-burning fire safety outside as you do inside your home.
Practicing preparedness for home repairs - both indoors and outdoors - is always a good strategy for any homeowner. See how plans from HomeServe can help with the costs of covered repairs.