8 Stunning Outdoor Fireplace Ideas with Photos

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No matter where you live, having a cozy outdoor space is a must. Whether your focus is on comfy seating for conversation or a place to eat and play, the backyard is an extension of your living space. Adding a fireplace can extend the life of your outdoor season in cooler climates and turn up the ambiance for after-dark gatherings. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite outdoor fireplace ideas below to inspire you.

Not sure where you’d put an outdoor fireplace or how you want to structure your patio? We’ve got you covered! Our designers at brick&batten are known for maximizing front façade curb appeal, but they’re equally talented at creating stunning virtual rendering of the backyard of your dreams. All you need to do is send in a photo and share a few details. Start today, and you’ll be enjoying your outdoor fireplace in no time.

screened porch with fireplace on upper deck

#1 // Screened Porch with Fireplace

We love this unique idea of adding a fireplace in the screened porch. Screens plus the heat from the fire will give this space a lot more use year-round. Can you picture yourself cozying up in that nook to unwind after a long day?

small fireplace on outdoor patio

#2 // Small Gas Fireplace for Ambiance and Style

Not everyone has the space or the budget for a built-in wood-burning fireplace. But don’t worry! There are tons of options out there. This freestanding gas fireplace is the perfect solution for a small patio and intimate conversation. Just flip the switch and you have instant warmth for your next gathering.

brick fire pit with built in benches in back patio of large 3 story stone home

#3 // Open Fire Pit Ready for S’mores

This large modern home is perfect for parties and family gatherings. The fire pit with built-in stone paver seating is the perfect spot to roast a marshmallow and make memories. It’s set off to the side to create more open space and is well built to stand the test of time (and kids!).

mountain modern home featuring an outdoor gas fireplace under porch roof

#4 // Mountain Meets Modern

This sleek, industrial modern home nestled in the mountains has the right balance of function and comfort. The outdoor gas fireplace is simple to use any time of year. The motorized screens on the porch add to the comfort of the space. Located right off the main living area, we imagine the owners will use this fireplace more often than a fire pit farther from the home.

large fire pit and stone patio with charcoal house and large wood deck

#5 // Sunken Fire Pit and Flagstone Patio

Large, sunken fire pits like the one above are reminiscent of campground bonfires. But this one is dressed up with a stone patio and walkway leading from the home’s large rear deck. With the right positioning and location, a seating area like this will serve as the perfect extension of your indoor living space.

outdoor white brick fireplace with columns and lighting

#6 // Maximizing Space with Outdoor Fireplace Design

Building a fireplace on the exterior wall of your indoor fireplace is a great way to maximize the infrastructure of your home to increase the living space available. You can simply flip the switch on this beautiful stone gas fireplace and then enjoy a cozy evening outdoors. Add a TV above to get the best of both worlds.

outdoor fire pit with pergola and paver patio

#7 // Stay Outside Longer with a Fireplace

Don’t just enjoy your view out the windows — get outside! In the home design above, large glass panels slide open to extend the living space into the outdoors. Build a stone fire pit like this on top of your existing patio or incorporate it into a new design.

Before and after of a backyard with minor updates

#8 // Stone Fire Pit with Seating

We are big fans of mixing natural materials like stone, brick, and wood. This stone fire pit and custom, built-in seating make for a cozy outdoor gathering space in the backyard of this beautiful brick estate. Rather than blending in, the stone accentuate the gorgeous natural red brick.

The Real Deal on Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Before deciding between all of these outdoor fireplace ideas, consider your family’s rhythm of life. If you spend all your time in the kitchen, then don’t put your beautiful new fireplace far away from the house. However, if you’re always out back chopping wood, a beautiful wood-burning fire pit far away from the house could suit you well. One of the benefits of working with a designer is learning the most beneficial options for both curb appeal and practical use for your home and your needs.

If you’re ready to start dreaming and scheming on your backyard oasis, then it’s simple to get started on a virtual design from brick&batten. Just submit a photo and complete a short survey, and we’ll get to work making it a reality — complete with a digital rendering and shopping list for all the materials you need!