Fire pits have become a popular feature in gardens and I’m often asked to include them in clients designs. As well as providing warmth and extending the use of the garden into the evening they can create interesting focal points, hubs for entertaining areas and double up as simple barbecues, an especially useful feature in small gardens.
The Architect Fire pit, as seen in our Wanstead Garden Design, is a great choice for contemporary urban gardens. The square shape and clean lines have a cool modern feel that work well in a rectilinear design. It is freestanding so can be easily moved around the garden and includes a handy grill rack for barbecuing plus an optional bamboo lid so it can be used as a side table during the day.
Where budget allows a bespoke exterior fireplace provides a dynamic focal point to dining and seating areas. Contemporary steel and frameless versions are ideal for sharp innovative spaces while natural stone surrounds create a classic, elegant feel. Having fire at the touch of a button makes them perfect for parties and making the most of the garden after a late night at work.
This statement fire pit from Encompassco is designed by Ivano Losa & Matteo Galbusera for AK47. Constructed from oxidised C40 Carbon Steel and galvanised steel it includes an integrated log store which gives it a characterful aesthetic as well as acting as seating, allowing you to get closer to the fire. An excellent choice for a relaxed, sophisticated lounge area.
Polished concrete has an urban feel that works especially well in roof gardens and city garden spaces. However modern materials can also be used to strong effect in country garden designs where they provide a juxtaposition to the rural setting. This fire bowl uses bioethanol fuel which is odourless and smoke free so you can enjoy the warmth of the fire without worrying about wind direction or the smell of wood smoke on your clothes at the end of the evening.
Where space is limited and a full size fire-pit is not possible this table top version is a great way of adding interest and atmosphere. Sit at the centre of a dining table or around seating areas to provide soft ambient lighting.
You can also see examples of built in fire pits in our Surrey Garden Design and Hertfordshire Family Garden design.
If you’re interested in creating a fire-pit area in your garden please get in touch for more information and to find out how I can help.