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Simple round block fire pit on gravel with 4 black Adirondack chairs
This DIY fire pit takes the fire ring approach, encircling an area of the ground with a material to contain the flames. Here, the design uses prefab concrete blocks similar to those used for retaining walls, but circular brick fire pits and stone fire pits work equally well.

Fire pits are hot right now. 

Terrible jokes aside, fire pits really are quite popular, ranking among the most commonly requested features in Yardzen designs. No matter where they live, how big their yards are, or what they hope to spend, people want fire pits. 

How fortunate then that fire pits plug in beautifully to virtually any yard. You can throw together a rustic DIY fire pit for peanuts, but you can also go all-out with custom add-ons like built-in seating, bespoke shade structures, and high-end natural stone or paver patios. 

But how much does a fire pit area actually cost? Great question.

To give you a clearer understanding of what kind of fire pit area you can get at different budget levels, we’ll break down the costs of several fire pit designs, each representing a different price tier. We’ll start with the most cost-effective approaches, and work our way up to more cost-intensive examples. Read on to learn how to build a fire pit that suits your space, style, and budget.

Fire Pit Costs by Budget

$1,000 Fire Pit

The trick with lower-cost fire pit areas is to keep things rustic and casual.

This design demonstrates this approach, using gravel for a cost-effective (and permeable) groundcover material, and comfortable but affordable seating. Throw in a few container plants for softness and spatial definition, and you’re in business!

Backyard with gas fire pit surrounded by black Adirondack chairs
Simple fire pit designs like this one can make for great DIY projects, especially when gravel groundcover and wood-burning, above-ground fire pits are used.

To keep costs around $1,000, we’d suggest the Solo Stove Elemental Series in their Clay color, a warm neutral hue reminiscent of corten steel. Solo Stoves are amazing, offering the portability and affordable cost of wood burning fire pits with the smokeless experience of a propane tank or built-in fire pit. They’re also remarkably adaptable, plugging seamlessly into a wide variety of design styles.

For seating, we’re partial to the Tamarack Chair by CleverMade, which balances comfort and looks with an attainable price. We love how the lightweight design of the chairs makes it easy to move them around, allowing the space to quickly adapt to different light conditions, functions, and group sizes.

$2,000 Fire Pit

This backyard fire pit area takes the same approach as the $1K design, but levels everything up a bit.

Family roasting marshmallows around a Solo Stove fire pit
The type of fuel is a key considerations for fire pit buyers. Local regulations don’t always allow wood burning stoves, but hard-lined gas fire pits can require a plumber and electrician to handle utility connections, driving labor costs and overall project costs way up.

In lieu of standard gray, the design uses a bone-white decorative gravel, rounded to feel nice on bare feet.

We stick with the Solo Stove stainless steel fire pit, but size up from the Bonfire to the Yukon. The larger fire pit size is a great call, making it easy for the whole family to sit at a comfortable, s’mores-able distance.

Furniture in the seating area is just as versatile as the previous design, but a bit more upscale. Patterned poufs and a wicker and metal side table can be moved to wherever they need to be (or tucked out of sight when more open space is necessary). An existing sectional sofa tucks efficiently into the corner, offering a plush seating alternative that’s great for two people to stretch out, or, as shown here, for a whole gang of folks to crowd together.

Glazed plant containers round things out, once again providing soft accents and visual framing to the scene.

$5,000 Fire Pit

A step up in cost allows these homeowners to furnish their fire pit area with CB2’s Sunset Teak Lounge Chair, whose armless design encourages lounging but is equally amenable to cozy seat-sharing (it’s also great for playing guitar by the fire).

Mother and daughter lounging in chairs by a vintage outdoor fireplace in the backyard

The steal here is the vintage outdoor fireplace, picked up for under $1000. The bold color gives the space pizazz, while the exaggerated height dresses up the otherwise plain facade and draws the eye to the peak in the home’s roofline for a pleasing moment of symmetry.

Add in some cost-effective string lights and basic gravel, and you have yourself a charming and comfortable outdoor living room.

$10,000 Fire Pit

At a total cost of $10K, we can start to play with paving. This New Jersey outdoor fire pit area interlaces 2’x2’ concrete pavers with a grid of decorative gravel. While these “steppers” are commonly poured on site, you can often find prefab square pavers at Home Depot or other landscape supply outlets. If you do go the prefab route, watch your fingers and your back—these things are heavy!

Fire pit and white Adirondack chairs on top of pavers with lush plantings
Whether you have a large space or just a few spare square feet, fire pits can tuck pleasantly into spaces of all sizes and shapes. Prefab, portable fire pits like this one make it even easier to find a nook in the yard to convert to a fire pit zone.

With roughly half the budget spent on paving and gravel, the remainder covers the cost of perimeter planting, seating, and the propane fire pit.

The regular rhythm of evergreens along the fence riffs on the geometric arrangement of the paving, and offers both privacy (once the plants mature) and winter interest (fire pits are one of those VIP landscape elements that can be used even in snowy weather). Framing from a pair of Japanese maples also emphasizes the geometric feel of the space. From the outside, the trees ramp up the drama of the entrance to the fire pit area. From inside, their canopies will provide a cozy sense of enclosure.

The fire pit itself is a showpiece, with a graceful curving form that feels a little bit modern, a little bit Zen. Classic Adirondacks counterbalance the high-style fire pit with an inviting, homey aesthetic. Choosing white is a smart play, helping to keep things bright when the weather turns chilly.

$15,000 Fire Pit

Bring the price range up to around $15K and you get this striking modern fire pit design.

Family and dog around prefab fire pit roasting marshmallows
A square of black lava rock occupies the burning surface in this custom design, sticking closely to the color palette of black, white and gray. Showier designs may sub in fire glass, which comes in a range of colors and sparkles with reflections from the flames.

The big move here is the custom concrete fire pit, whose broad ledge doubles as a foot rest or table. The natural gas fire pit is connected directly to the gas line—this adds to fire pit installation costs, but ensures easy and reliable use.

With the lion’s share of the budget going toward the fire pit, the design opts for cost-effective gravel groundcover. To further cut costs, the design utilizes existing patio furniture, and tucks into a nook created by existing concrete pony walls.

Opting for concrete to match the fire pit to the walls sets up a cohesive relationship between new and existing features. It also prepares the space for future updates in furnishings—concrete looks great with pretty much any colors you throw at it.

A couple cheeky tiki torches and some potted tropical plants add a dash of tropical calm, keeping the space inviting while preserving its style-forward looks.

$20,000 Fire Pit

A further step up in budget makes for a big difference in this design.

Metal levered pergola shading a modern fire pit seating area
Prefab fire pits are almost always lower cost than custom designs, and can be a great way to reduce overall project costs. This fire pit uses crushed fire brick within the burn area, adding a dash of warm color to contrast with the cool blues and neutrals of the surrounding design.

This design stretches its $20K budget by leaning hard on prefab features.

The concrete fire pit is prefab, fueled by a propane tank cleverly disguised as a side table.

The aluminum pergola is prefab, too. Factoring in installation, it comes in at an average price around $8,000. That’s a big investment, but pretty cheap as pergolas go. For the owners of this design, the investment was worth it, allowing the fire pit area to double as a shaded daytime lounge zone.

The other big investment, also coming in around $8K, is the TimberTech composite decking. Together with the pergola, the decking defines the fire pit area as a distinct outdoor room, yet it’s open edges and low profile preserve a strong sense of connection to the surrounding yard.

With the remaining budget, this design adds a decorative outdoor rug and some comfy seating, both of which literally soften the space and cultivate a comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

$30,000 Fire Pit

The added investment to this gorgeous fire pit patio pays off in upscale looks and exceptional performance.

A built-in outdoor sectional with planting bed behind surrounding round fire pit on paved patio
Landscape and home improvement projects can get the most from their budget by investing in durable, flexible features that accommodate a range of functions and needs.

Let’s start with that built-in seating. The clean lines of the concrete retaining wall and wood bench make for a showpiece modern design feature. Matching the bench cushions to the muted blue of the paving is a nice touch, introducing some calming color to make sure the space feels inviting despite its high style. Choosing a warm, auburn wood tone for the bench and matching Adirondack makes an equal boost to the design’s approachability.

The cantilevered construction of the bench, along with the complex task of building the concrete retaining wall, drive up the costs of this feature; all together, the bench and wall would take up about half of this space’s $30K budget.

The cut stone patio gives a major lift to the look of the space, but it also is extremely functional. Stone is about as durable as paving materials get, and the mortar-set installation creates a slip-resistant walking surface that is safe and sturdy for people of all mobility levels. Factoring in the premium material and the concrete base required for the installation, costs would run around $10K for this paving design.

The majority of the remaining budget would go toward the stylish modern concrete fire bowl, which is directly connected to the underground gas line. Hard-lined installations like this are easy and reliable to use, and help to keep patio spaces open and clutter-free by eschewing an above-ground propane tank.

The fire bowl cheats toward one corner of the bench, making it easy for people on the bench and in surrounding chairs to huddle close to flame. If that constitutes the intimate corner of the bench, the other half of the bench constitutes and open and flexible space, suitable for laying down, dragging up a table, or simply getting out of the way when a lot of open floor space is needed.

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Fire pit in tropical backyard in Miami
Fire pits are a great way to activate outdoor spaces at night, regardless of the type of fire pit.

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