There’s nothing quite like gathering around a crackling fire on a summer evening with friends and family.  Whether you’re relaxing with a glass or wine or toasting marshmallows with the kids, something about the glow of the flames invites a feeling of intimacy and camaraderie.  Ever since mankind mastered the art of fire building, we’ve been drawn to gathering around a cozy fire to relax and reconnect.  Even though we’ve come a long way from relying on fire for daily subsistence, we are still drawn to it.  The popularity of backyard fire pits is a testament to our enjoyment of a crackling fire once the sun goes down.

By Kikuchi Kankel Design Group.

By Kikuchi Kankel Design Group.

aria design inc

Modern fire pit by Aria Design, Inc.

A fire pit in your yard is a fantastic addition to your landscaping.  It promotes family time unconnected to electronic devices and brings an unbeatable ambiance to any gathering.  Build a fire, and people will naturally gather around.  A fire pit can be a simple circle of stones or have a more modern shape and style.  Consider the style of your home and the layout of your exterior when choosing a fire pit.  Do you want to incorporate the fire pit into your deck or patio?  Or, would you prefer it to be set away from the house as a separate oasis in the yard?

landscape connection

By Landscape Connection

canyon construction

Design by Canyon Construction

Gorgeous fire pit by Hsu McCullough.

Gorgeous fire pit by Hsu McCullough.

If your yard boasts an impressive view, your fire pit can take advantage of that. Consider positioning the fire pit with seating arranged to make the most of the scenery.  What a perfect way to spend a summer or fall evening!

Wright Ryan Homes

By Wright – Ryan Homes

Traditional fire pit by Encore Construction.

Traditional fire pit by Encore Construction.

Lovely landscape by Stonewood LLC.

Lovely landscape by Stonewood LLC.

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