12 Inspiring Outdoor Fire Pits for Breezy and Cozy Evenings

If you cherish spending time out in your backyard or terrace, these fire pits will convince you to extend the outdoor season a little bit longer.


Ideal for entertaining with friends and family, fire pits deserve a spot in your outdoor area. Why? Bruce Fox sums it up nicely: “Just as people are always drawn to the kitchen at a party, this fire pit is the center of conversations and cocktails on evenings and weekends.”

If you’re not sure how to choose the right style, don’t worry. We asked a dozen designers to share some of their favorite projects and explain how to do things right.

12 Inspiring Outdoor Fire Pits for Breezy and Cozy Evenings

Vacation Retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington

“The classic boulder ring fire pit is reminiscent of a WPA park campground,” says Tim Pfeiffer, partner at Hoedemaker Pfeiffer. “A crushed-bluestone surround creates a solid, dry and fire-safe arena for gathering. Adirondack chairs and vintage Pendleton blankets invite warming on cool nights, for s’mores-making and storytelling around the fire.” Photo by Lisa Romerein

Beach House in East Hampton, New York

“We built this custom fire pit to turn a typical outdoor pool space into something more usable for evening entertaining,” says Susana Simonpietri, creative director at Chango & Co. “The property is located next to Main Beach in East Hampton, and the sky is the most beautiful color at the end of the day. We wanted to capture that color with our fire pit.” Photo Ray Olivares

Mediterranean Style Meets 1920s Hollywood in Brentwood, California

“Your outdoor space should feel like a continuation of the decor in the rest of the home,” says Vanessa Alexander. “I love that this fire pit works for both sides, and you can still see through to the larger dining area — ideal for alfresco dinner parties.” Photo by Jenn Crawley

Outdoor Screening Space in Sagaponack, New York

“The house was designed with this sunken terrace, but it was unfinished,” says Allison Babcock of Babcock Peffer Design. “We immediately saw that the large concrete wall was the perfect surface for projecting movies. We designed an oversized U-shaped sectional to allow for maximum lounging for movie watching and for cozying up next to the fire pit on cool summer and autumn evenings.” Photo by Tria Giovan

Modern and Clean Lines in Beverly Hills, California

“When asked by a Los Angeles developer to reimagine a Beverly Hills backyard, we started with the pool deck,” says Stephen Stone. “The deck was clad in Carrara marble and black-slate porcelain cut on a diagonal to anchor modern chaises and seating. The fire-trough area was designed as a long linear space to accommodate groups to sit around while enjoying drinks from the outdoor bar.” Photo by Jim Bartsch

Lake House Escape in Seattle

“This project is all about providing spaces throughout the property where the lake and view can be enjoyed year round,” says Kylee Shintaffer. “At the beach, the outdoor fire pit is fashioned from a vintage rock-crushing cone surrounded by teak Adirondack chairs, making it the perfect spot for leisurely summer evenings.” Photo by Eric Piasecki

Wow Factor in San Mateo, California

“We used a simple, rectilinear fire pit with a contemporary style that was fitting to the style of the owners,” says Jay Jeffers. “We wanted to put it in a location where they could unwind and take advantage of the Silicon Valley views. The main goal was to create a simple setting for friends and family to gather in their expansive outdoor space, without adding too much.” Photo Matthew Millman

Fresh and Cozy Family Home in La Jolla, California

“We worked closely with the landscape architect to create a cozy yet functional space for this family,” says Amber Lewis, founder of Amber Interiors. “We wanted there to be plenty of grassy area for the kids to play in, and a comfortable place with a fire pit for the rest of the family to relax.” Photo Tessa Neustadt

Lake-View Apartment in Chicago

“Our clients were moving from their suburban home — where they had lots of outdoor space and loved to entertain — into the city of Chicago,” says Bruce Fox. “When this apartment became available, with a huge amount of outdoor space 16 stories above Chicago’s historic and green Lincoln Park, they knew they had found their new home. To take full advantage of the city, park and lake views, this entire area was raised so that the views would not be obstructed by architecture. The new rounded platform with magical panorama became the perfect place for an outdoor fire pit.” Photo by Nathan Kirkman

Beachside Paradise in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

“The elements of earth, air, fire and water have defined our connection to nature for the millennia,” says Thomas A. Kligerman, partner at Ike Kligerman Barkley. “We brought two of these together on this Mexican beach — fire for warmth in the cool azure evenings and cool water for the hot, sunny days.” Photo by Peter Aeron

Urban Luxury in New York

“The roof deck of this Hell’s Kitchen development is a study in contrasts,” says Pamela Katch, cofounder of Katch ID. “The reductive geometry of the strong furniture is rendered inviting and luxurious by the French mattress detailing of the canvas upholstery. The warmth of the fire pit was the perfect way to create both a cozy environment and a feeling of hospitable largesse.” Rendering by Volley Studio

Quiet Nook in Chicago

“I love how simple and elegant this fire pit is,” says interior designer Martin Horner, cofounder of Soucie Horner. “It’s got clean lines that don’t compete with the architecture of the house or the furniture. It doesn’t fight with the view, either. To be able to gather outside around a fire, in the middle of the city, with skyscrapers looming above you, that’s an urban experience you just can’t beat.” Photo by Dustin Halleck

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