Extend your outdoor fun once the nights are cooler. Install a fire pit and turn your backyard into your favorite fall destination. There are designs for every backyard. You can buy an enclosed fire pit or you can build a large one. If you are considering making changes to your backyard, patio or deck, ask your contractor to build one for you as part of the construction project. According to This Old House, 67 percent of homeowners said they wanted an outdoor fire to keep parties going as the night air gets nippy.
There are some important considerations to ensure you stay safe. The most important step is to select the right spot. Station your pit on a level stone, concrete, or brick surface that’s at least 10 feet from your house, trees, and anything flammable. Unless the owner’s manual says it’s okay, don’t put the pit on a grassy surface, wood deck, or enclosed porch. Make sure you always burn dry, seasoned wood. - Source: This Old House
For designs ideas, consider how you will use the fire pit. Some people just want to enjoy the ambiance of the fire pit with family and friends. Others like to use them for cooking or roasting marshmallows. Sites like HGTV ,http://www.hgtv.com/outdoor-rooms/beautiful-outdoor-fireplaces-and-fire-pits/pictures/index.html, and HOUZZ http://www.houzz.com/outdoor-fire-pit have beautiful fire pit designs and ideas.
Sources: HGTV and This Old House