Fire holds a mesmerizing effect on humans. Anyone who’s sat around a fire at night knows that it’s hard to look away.
There’s something so comforting and relaxing about flames and sparks dancing through the air.
We think everyone should be able to experience fire’s warmth and comfort whenever they please.
An easy way to accomplish this is by building your patio around a fire pit. With the right design elements, you can enjoy the firelight in style.
The first step to designing your patio around your fire pit is determining exactly where to locate your pit.
Ideally, you’ll want to position the patio somewhere easily accessible from your home. We’d recommend connecting it via a sliding glass door.
Next, think about when you’re going to use the pit. Most people sit around the fire after dinner with friends.
Design your patio so the fire pit is located off to the side. It shouldn’t be your centerpiece, but neatly tucked away somewhere casual.
The offset location can give your pit a sense of privacy, and differentiate the space from the hustle and bustle of your life.
Lastly, make sure you’re aware of the prevailing winds near your home.
Natural wood pits emit smoke that can blow into your face depending on the wind and your design.
Choosing Your Materials
After you’ve laid out your patio and fire pit design, it’s time to start thinking about construction.
Try to keep your building materials related to your home. You can use the exact same material as your home’s foundation, or similar material for accents.
Stucco, concrete, brick, and flagstone all look and work great for patio and fire pit construction.
You’ll also have to decide on a gas or natural fire, too. Both can use the same materials, however their construction does differ.
Natural wood burning pits should be deeper and wider than their gas counterparts. The depth and extra space let embers burn hotter, and sparks to stay contained.
Relaxing around the fire isn’t easy without somewhere to sit down and stretch your legs.
You have several options for seating, depending on your patio design. The sleekest is building circular bench seating around your pit.
We’d recommend using the same materials as the rest of your patio for design sake.
The second option is purchasing chairs to set around your fire pit. While these aren’t quite as sleek, they’re much more comfortable.
Adirondack chairs especially, make comfortable seating while giving off a classy but rustic vibe.
Whatever patio design you choose, centering it around your fire pit will have you staring blissfully into the flames for years to come.
Whether with friends or alone, a fire pit is the gift that keeps on giving. Long summer nights can’t get any better.
If you’re in the market for fire pit seating, check out our selection of Adirondack chairs.
Our furniture harkens back to woodsy Adirondack roots, giving your new furniture a classic look with superior construction.
If you’d like to know more, feel free to contact us.