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21. Location: Melbourne, VictoriaDesigner: Bayon GardensFeatures: In this pared-back garden, the fire pit is the view itself.Your turnWhich of these 21 fire pits would you like to light up on a wintry evening? Tell us your favourites in the Comments below, like this story, save the images and join the conversation.MoreCraving more great design ideas? You’ll love last week’s Best of the Week: 24 Ideas for Gardens That Don’t Have a Lawn
Consider a fire pitIf you have a large, open or semi-open outdoor space with turf, where an open flame wouldn’t pose a safety hazard, consider adding in a fire pit. It’s great for creating a cosy atmosphere in winter and some models can be used for barbecuing too – perfect for entertaining. If you plan on placing a fire pit on tiles or concrete, you’ll need to add in a protective surface beneath it to prevent heat damage to the flooring. Tip: For additional safely, seek out a built-in style or one with a protective grate. A fire pit is not recommended for homes with small children.
44. Flame on. Melbourne, Victoria
Winner: Bayon GardensFire pits show no signs of waning in popularity, and they’re even more desirable in a landscaped backyard as inviting as this one.
If you have a fire pit in the backyard, it’s also a good time to make sure the area surrounding the pit is clear of flammable garden materials.
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18. Location: Aspendale Beach, VictoriaLandscape designer: Bayon GardensWhy we love it: Proof that you don’t need a huge backyard to create an appealing and functional outdoor space. We love how the owners have created a cosy, sunken spot for conversation, with a fire pit at the centre to keep toes toasty.
It’s all very lovely having dining and cooking spaces directly off the house, but think about creating a separate seating area away in another corner of the garden, which you can move to after dinner when temperatures cool down. A fire bowl like this one is so easy to use, with little prep required. Imagine roasted marshmallows and guitar strumming by the fire if you need extra inspiration.
FirepitsEven if your backyard is on the small side, losing the lawn can make way for low-maintenance hangout spaces you’ll love spending time in, day and night.