Outdoor Fireplace Ideas for Your Backyard

Choosing the best outdoor fireplace design for your home

Considering outdoor fireplace design elements is similar to considering fireplace ideas for an indoor sitting room, living room, family room, or dining room. For example, in interior design, looking at the paint colors, room design, and overall color scheme will help you determine the best style and materials for the fireplace mantel, firebox, and fireplace surround. Inside, you will likely have a built-in fireplace, but for outdoor living room ideas, you could have either a built-in or freestanding fire feature. You can choose a floor-to-ceiling design, a corner fireplace, or anything that works well with the space.

A beautiful fireplace paired with eye-catching armchairs, coffee table, and maybe even a chandelier creates a welcoming, cozy space for entertaining or enjoying time with your family, partner, or just a good book.

If you are more interested in an open space for outdoor dinner parties, fireplaces incorporated into the overall design of outdoor kitchens can offer this.

Let’s take a look at some design ideas to see which might be the best choice for your backyard.

Classic outdoor fireplace designs

As we look at types of custom fireplaces, traditional fireplace designs are really the place to start. These designs, which will include stone, stacked stone, brick, and pavers, are well suited for most architectural styles, which makes them among the most popular choices for a patio kitchen remodel or outdoor living space makeover.

Rustic outdoor fireplace designs

If your home’s architecture or your home décor leans towards more rustic features and materials, a rustic patio fireplace is likely the right choice for you. This might mean enjoying a roaring fire in a red brick fireplace, or roasting marshmallows in a stone fireplace that matches the stone wall bordering your outdoor living area.

Modern outdoor fireplace designs

Modern fireplace ideas are often best suited for homeowners who prefer minimalist designs and clean lines. A white fireplace or concrete fireplace might be the right choice here, particularly if your home’s architecture is markedly modern or contemporary. While a limestone fireplace or marble fireplace certainly falls under classic design as well, these materials also have a place in modern and contemporary fireplace design.

Southwestern outdoor fireplace designs

Southwestern fireplace ideas are often where Southern California homeowners are going to find the right fit for Spanish, Spanish Colonial, and Spanish Revival architecture. For example, for folks who have a Spanish, Southwestern, or Mediterranean-style home, a tile fireplace with a wood mantel might be the perfect choice. Homes with these architectural styles also lend themselves well to outdoor fireplace design using paving stones, natural stone, clay, or concrete.

To help the creation of your next backyard fireplace, we have put together a number of ideas to inspire you. Use the filters below to help you find that perfect outdoor fireplace.

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This stone traditional fireplace with built in wood boxes will keep your patio warm.

Source: Angelus

Enjoy movies around the fire with a fireplace under a canopy.

Source: Belgard

Entertain guests around a freestanding stone outdoor fireplace.

Source: Belgard

Stay sheltered and toasty next to a stone cut fireplace.

Source: Belgard

Timeworn pavers accent the red brick fireplace for a classic look.

Source: Belgard

Brick with cut stone can make any outdoor area look elegant.

Source: Belgard

The matching stone pavers create a clean consistent look for this fireplace.

Source: Belgard

Simple with a mediterranean design create a relaxing area for any home.

Source: ZFREEDMAN Landscape Architecture, Inc

Water features balance the heat from the fireplace in this design.

Source: Belgard

The varying sizes in stone come together for a cozy fireplace.

Source: Belgard

The wood and clean modern fireplace create a unique style.

Source: Belgard

Stainless steel works well surrounded by stone.

Source: Belgard

Simple and modern stone fireplace for warmth in the fresh air.

Source: Belgard

Make the fireplace the focal point of your outdoor living space.

Source: Belgard

A timeless stacked stone design will catch anyone's attention.

Source: Belgard

Stacked stone fireplace circled with stone walls for a secluded relaxation area.

Source: Belgard

Modern and southwestern styles pop with color.

Source: Bianchi Design

For a rustic look, combine wood features with a stone fireplace.

Source: Chipper Hatter

This fireplace with wood boxes and a built in grill are perfect for entertaining.

Source: Copper Creek Landscaping, Inc.

Consider a southwestern look for patios with large tiles.

Source: Grace Design Associates

A timeless fireplace design with water features work well together.

Source: Install-It-Direct

Classic stone traditional fireplace design.

Source: Install-It-Direct

A mediterranean style with natural stone framing the firebox.

Source: J'Nell Bryson Landscape Architecture

The white pillars and wood pergola blend well with this stone traditional fireplace.

Source: LandPlan's Landscaping

Keep yourself warm next to a modern firebox surrounded by stone.

Source: Landscaping Network

Beautiful stone frames the firebox in this outdoor fireplace.

Source: Landscaping Network

Keep things modern and sleek with wood and concrete.

Source: Landscaping Network

Gather around a timeless cobblestone fireplace design.

Source: Michelle Derviss Landscape Design

The southwestern style brings out the beauty of both the fireplace and pizza oven.

Source: Orco

Spice things up with a design lining the inside of your outdoor fireplace.

Source: Orco

Traditional fireplace and pizza oven style with a compact layout.

Source: Paradise Restored

The varying elements contrast each other well in this contemporary design.

Source: Shuler Architects

Keep things classic with a brick fireplace for your patio area.

Source: Sport Nobles Construction

Smooth walls complement a stone fireplace perfectly.

Source: Stout Design Build

Natural large stone pulls together this rustic design.

Source: Urban Design Associates LTD

The extended chimney and timeless style is the main focus of this outdoor living space.

Source: Walnut Hill Landscape Company

The stacked stones and wood mantle provide a charming aesthetic.

Source: Walnut Hill Landscape Company

A stone traditional fireplace covered under an entertainment space.

Source: Belgard

Traditional freestanding fireplace with a flower stone design.

Source: Belgard

This stunning worn brick design fits well with the dark stained wood.

Source: Belgard

The surrounding pergolas tie this outdoor fireplace area together nicely.

Source: Belgard

A short stone traditional fireplace design.

Source: Belgard

This stone traditional wall fireplace is elegant with the smooth wall finish above.

Source: Belgard

This modern stone fireplace is perfect for any patio.

Source: Belgard

The creative blue pavers accent the freesanding stone fireplace.

Source: Belgard

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common fireplace materials?

Common materials used for outdoor fireplaces include natural stone, pavers, clay, brick, stucco, tile, and concrete. Most of the fireplace design ideas you will see on this site will be made from pavers, stone, or bricks.

How much does an outdoor fireplace cost?

Patio fireplace costs depend largely on the style, size, and materials you choose. The cost will also depend on whether you do this as a DIY project or have it installed professionally. The cost can range from $1,500 to more than $20,000. You can expect to likely pay between $9,000 and $20,000 for the design and installation of a custom outdoor fireplace.

Should I build an outdoor fireplace myself?

This is definitely an option. If you are somewhat handy, there are companies that sell patio fireplace kits that you can build yourself. This can also be a good option for homeowners who are working with a limited project budget. If you are looking for a custom outdoor fireplace, enlisting the help of a professional is the best way to ensure a safer, attractive, well-designed fire feature.

What are the most popular types of outdoor fireplaces in 2024?

While some homeowners still prefer a wood-burning fireplace, the trend is towards choosing a gas fireplace or electric fireplace as a focal point for outdoor living spaces or to create a cozy, inviting ambiance.

Let Install-It-Direct build your new outdoor fireplace

Install-It-Direct has years of experience designing and installing outdoor kitchens, paver patios, water features, artificial grass, outdoor lighting, fire pits, patio fireplaces, and everything else you might need to create functional, inviting, beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Contact us today for a free estimate for your outdoor fireplace and any other landscape design and installation needs you have.

(Original publish date: 4/21/22 | Refresh date: 3/19/24)