Ideas for Your Outdoor Space

A backyard fire pit maximizes your outdoor time, providing a natural gathering spot after the sun sets and the temperatures drop. “Our clients request fire features more than any other element,” says Ryan Prange, the founder and principal designer of Falling Waters Landscape in Solana Beach, California. But the fire pit itself is only a starting point—you also need to design a space around it that encourages lounging and late-night conversation. Choosing the right spot is the first step: You want an “area that will feel naturally cozy,” says Prange. “The heat will bounce off walls and warm up the space even more.” From there, decide on a look that works for both your practical needs and the overall aesthetic of your space. Here are some fire pit ideas that will get everyone to hang out long after the sun goes down.