Since moving into a new house and removing a very, very large shrub, my husband and I have been hunting for patio and fire pit inspiration. The cleared space and ground stump left a natural clearing in the backyard (free of overhead obstructions like wires and branches), so we immediately began using it for campfires. It only seems efficient for us to continue to reinvent this space as a real patio, an intentional outdoor living space. Easier than finding grass seed to match the rest of the yard, am I right?
I really adored the flagstone patio that we built at our last house. Flagstone may once again be in our future as it’s already used as an accent in our new home, but we have a slightly different vision for this more casual backyard: pebble stones. I don’t so much mean a pebble patio like one that is concrete covered with stones and epoxy, but more like this gravel patio with a border.
Located on the edge of our wooded backyard, it seems like round pebble gravel might be a good fit, with slate or field stones serving well as the border for a centered, inset fire pit. Classic camping style. If only it was on a beach like this fieldstone fire pit. It’s dreamy.
There’s still a substantial amount of planning and work that goes into installing a patio, so we’ll begin the process this fall and winter with a plan of puttin’ her in the ground next spring.
If the fire pit above has you swooning like me, you’ll enjoy browsing through this gallery of expert-designed fireplaces and fire pits. Then tell me: Have you come across any other inspired fire pits? Share in the comments!