Fire Pit Design Ideas

Fire pits appeal to people of all generations and backgrounds. There’s just something about sitting around a fire that brings people together. Get ready to create your family’s favorite gathering spot with these fire pit design ideas.

Coordinated Design

Squared angles and textured stone create a coordinated look for this rustic fire pit. Using the same retaining wall product to build the fire pit, seat walls, retaining walls and steps creates a cohesive look and blends various elements of the design together.

Products: Mega-Arbel® pavers, Celtik Wall

Products: Mega-Arbel® pavers, Celtik® Wall

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Room for All

This extra large fire pit and surrounding open patio area includes plenty of space for seating and standing and is the perfect setting for large family gatherings. The only thing missing is a guitar.

Outdoor living space located in Coeur d'alene, Idaho designed by Gibson Landscaping, includes multiple Patios, Firepit and Driveway. The project utilized the following Belgard products manufactured by Sierra Building Materials of Stockton, CA Mega Arbel - Coeur d'alene Blend (custom color)

Product: Mega-Arbel® pavers

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Secluded Getaway

The curved retaining wall creates an element of privacy, turning the area surrounding this sunken fire pit into an intimate nook for sipping coffee with the sunrise or enjoying an evening glass of wine.

Belgard 2010 ~ Northfield Chicago

Products: Mega-Arbel® pavers, Anchor Highland Stone® wall

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Maximizing Small Spaces

A rectangular fire pit is an excellent option for a narrow patio and allows space for larger furniture pieces without sacrificing walking area. Gas-burning pits are a better choice for placement less than ten feet from the home.

Products: Belair Wall, ???

Products: Belair Wall® (fire pit wall), Weston Stone® (fire pit base), Mega-Lafitt™ pavers

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Elements of Nature

This design combines the natural elements of stone, wood, fire and water to create an attractive gathering spot that complements the surrounding wooded landscape.

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Products: Weston Stone® wall, Bergerac® pavers

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Bold & Beautiful

Vibrant reds pull this design together, with red brick used for the fire pit, bar, columns and porch fascia that coordinates with the red tones of the patio’s eco-friendly permeable pavers.

Product: Subterra permeable pavers

Product: Subterra® Stone permeable pavers

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Destination Spot

By placing this fire pit and surrounding seat wall at the far end of the property, this area becomes as destination spot for intimate gatherings. Hardscape and landscape lighting provides additional ambiance and visibility.

4D Schusters Belgard Photography 2009.

Products: Bergerac® pavers, Weston Stone® wall

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For more fire pit ideas,visit the Belgard Fire Pit Pinterest Board or visit our contractor gallery to locate a Belgard Authorized Contractor near you.

Gourmet Backyard Tailgating,
the New Orleans Way

Football season is outdoor kitchen season! Time to light the pit or Belgard brick oven and prepare to kick off an afternoon or evening of backyard tailgating. And, although the traditional fan favorites of hamburgers and hotdogs will always have a place at the backyard tailgate bash, today’s gourmet outdoor cooks are always looking for unique ideas to take tailgating to the next level.

The above chargrilled recipes were cooked using Schwing’s SOS Shells on a gas pit. From left are chargrilled oysters, veggie medley, and shrimp.

For gourmet outdoor tailgating fare straight from the food mecca of New Orleans, try grilling or baking with Schwing’s SOS Shells. The idea for SOS Shells was born from the New Orleans tradition of chargrilling oysters on the halfshell over an open flame. A popular dish in many New Orleans restaurants, the practice was time-intensive and difficult to duplicate at home until local restaurateurs, the Schwing family, created their stainless steel version of the oyster shell.

Highly conductive, dishwasher safe, oven safe, grill safe and reusable, SOS Shells offer the opportunity for really interesting outdoor kitchen creations, limited only by the imagination. Originally designed for chargrilling oysters, they can actually be used for all sorts of recipes and work extremely well in tailgating situations by allowing for individual portion sizes to go directly from the pit to the plate.

Now, for some New Orleans-style chargilling!

The traditional chargrilled oyster recipe is fairly easy to duplicate — the secret is in the sauce, which can be made ahead of time and even refrigerated or frozen for future chargrilling. On a stove, combine equal amounts of butter and olive oil with lots of pressed garlic and your favorite seasonings. Originally, the recipe called for simple Italian seasoning, but many restaurants have put their own unique spin on the concept by experimenting with different seasoning combinations. Feel free to mix it up with your own favorite flavors. For a lower-fat version, reduce the butter and oil by half and replace with beer. Cook the sauce over medium high heat for a few minutes to allow the flavors to fuse and any alcohol to cook out.

Once the sauce is prepared, load the shells with oysters, shrimp, veggies, or whatever ingredients you like. Place the shells on the grill at medium to high heat, spoon sauce into each shell, and cook until done. For shrimp, look for a warm pink color. For oysters, look for the edges to get curly. Throughout the cooking process, you may want to purposely spill some of the sauce onto the fire to get it to flame up and touch the food. This is what will give your recipes that chargrilled flavor. To follow the traditional recipe, when the oyster edges become curly, top each one with shredded parmesan cheese and allow it to melt before removing it from the pit. Some restaurants also finish with finely chopped scallions or parsley. Again, feel free to get creative.

Remember that once the shells have been placed on the pit, they will quickly become extremely hot and cannot be handled by hand. For safe handling, use tongs to move your shells around the pit or to place them onto a plate. Remind your guests that the shells will be very hot to the touch.

For a finishing touch for your chargrilled creations, have some warm French or Italian bread on hand to dip in the sauce left in each shell once the prepared dish has been eaten. After all, the New Orleans way is to never waste a drop of the sauce.

Product Spotlight: Mirage Pavers

Mirage® Ardesie Pavers

Mirage® Ardesie Pavers

Belgard recently partnered with the leader in Italian porcelain tiles to bring the Mirage® Porcelain Paver to the U.S. market on a national scale, bringing European outdoor living design options to the modern American home. Mirage allows homeowners to create an exterior design that is an expansion of the interior space, which is a common design trend today. An added benefit is that the outdoor porcelain paver line complements the Mirage indoor tile line, as well as a lines of wall veneers, pool coping, and stair steps, which allows for the development of harmonious, flowing designs.

Mirage® Quarziti 2.0

What exactly is a porcelain paver?

Mirage porcelain pavers have a similar look to indoor tiles, but are thicker and more durable. Indoor flooring tile is typically about 1/2 inch thick, whereas Mirage pavers are available in 3/4 inch thickness for patios and walkways and 1-1/4 inch thickness for driveways. More economical than natural stone, Mirage has a non-slip surface and won’t absorb stains like travertine. Mirage is also resistant to breakage, fading, and the corrosive effects of rain, pool chemicals, deicing salts, and other chemical agents.

Mirage® Sundeck Pavers

Mirage® Sundeck Pavers

Design Options

Mirage pavers are available in a variety of interpretations of stone, wood, and concrete textures, as well as a variety of modular shapes, with many large stock sizes that coordinate with today’s design trends for larger pieces. Additional designs and sizes can also be special ordered, including large slabs for steps and outdoor kitchen countertops.  Mirage also provides the unique installation flexibility to install over sand, grass, gravel, or concrete.

Maintenance Consideration

The true beauty of Mirage is that it’s virtually maintenance free and incredibly durable. It wards off all stains including red wine, acid, and oil. The color will never fade, and it never needs to be sealed. There is only minimal color variation from unit to unit, unlike with natural stone, which can vary greatly. And unlike natural stone, Mirage won’t discolor or allow moss or mold growth. Ten years from now, if you want to add a section, the color will match. If a paver should crack or chip, it can easily be removed with a special tool and replaced. Mirage can be cleaned using any type of cleaner and can withstand pressure-washing without deterioration of the finish. Mirage is also frost free and resistant to thermal shock caused by freeze and thaw cycles in colder climates.

Mirage® Officine Pavers

Mirage® Officine Pavers

Belgard Helps Turn Back Time
for Historic Home

Confederate Home Before and AfterWayne Goodall is known in McKinney, Texas, as The British Builder, a transplanted British native who specializes in historic home renovations. One of his recent projects involved renovating the historic home built by Civil War Veteran, General Elbert Wiley Kirkpatrick, in 1880. In addition to his civic and military leadership, Gen. Kirkpatrick was also known for horticultural work with various fruits and nuts, including his patented Elberta Peach tree.

Goodall’s restoration of this historic home included extensive interior and exterior renovations, as well as multiple hardscape and landscape installations. The home gained a significant amount of curb appeal with a new gabled roof, picket fencing, and paver driveways that flank both sides of the home. The cobbled look of Bergerac® pavers complement the picket fencing to add an air of sophistication with old world charm. Bergerac pavers continue to the outdoor garage, located at the back of the property, and connect with a backyard outdoor living area that includes a Bergerac paver patio with a circular brick fire pit and surrounding curved brick seat walls, which tie in with the look of the home’s brick chimney. A tailored stained wood privacy fence encloses the backyard with the help of arched wrought iron gates. The combination of building materials in the outdoor living area work together to create an eclectic, homey feel that bridges the past with modern design.

For this upcoming Christmas season, the home will be open for tours during the 42nd annual Chestnut Square Holiday Tour of Homes, which is planned for December 5 and 6 and expects over 2,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

For views of the home’s renovated interior and expansive porches, click here.

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Backyard Movie

MovieNight_TALENT_005_renditionideas for enjoying your Belgard Backyard from Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert, Alexandra Hedin.


Movie nights are a fabulous way to entertain guests of all ages – especially when they can be hosted outdoors. Setting up a movie night is as simple as a large white sheet and a projector. Turning a basic movie night into a fabulous event doesn’t take much more than decadently flavored popcorn made on the grill!

The Set Up

Arrange outdoor seating around an area where you can easily hang a large white sheet. Between two trees or against a wall is often the simplest. When arranging chairs, be sure to place them around each other and not in front of each other. For additional seating in front, add large pillows. Low tables around the seating area will keep treats and beverages nearby.

The Popcorn

Perhaps the most important part of any movie night is popcorn! There’s no reason to move your popcorn making indoors. A simple cast iron pan and a metal strainer become a perfect popcorn popper for your outdoor grill!

Here’s what you need

  • Cast Iron Pan
  • Metal strainer
  • ½ cup Popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil
  • Butter
  • Candies, toppings, salt

Here’s how you do it

Step 1: Warm the cast iron pan over high heat.

Step 2: Add oil and popcorn kernels to the pan.

Step 3: Cover the pan with a strainer and shake the pan back and forth.

Step 4: Continue shaking the pan as the kernels pop.

Step 5: Once the popping has slowed down, turn the heat off and shake the pan for one more minute.

Step 6: Remove pan from grill and pour popcorn into a bowl. Top with butter and favorite toppings while still warm.

*Hot Tip* Warm butter on the side of the grill while the popcorn pops so it’s ready to pour over the popcorn when finished.

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Looking for some decadent popcorn flavors? Try these:

Backyard-Movie-1Buttered Pecan

In a dry cast iron skillet over high heat on the grill, toast 1 cup of chopped pecans for 3-5 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally to brown the nuts evenly. When nuts are browned, add ½ cup butter and reduce heat to medium/low. Swirl the pan to allow butter to melt evenly and pecans to be coated with melted butter. Pour over 2 cups of popped popcorn and toss to coat.


While the buttered popcorn is still very hot, toss with 2 tablespoons butter, 1 cup Golden Grahams cereal, 2 cups mini marshmallows, and 1 cup chocolate chips. Cover with a lid to let the chocolate and marshmallows melt a bit before serving.

Cinnamon Roll

Gently warm 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour over warm buttered popcorn and toss to coat.

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DIY Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Be your own exterior decorator! Create an outdoor living space that feels more like an extension of your home with these simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.

Recycled CratesRecycled Crate Creations

Wooden palettes and crates can be cleaned up and re-purposed for a number of uses. Create rustic shelves, end tables, coffee tables, planters and vertical gardens with ease. Ideas for fabulous crate creations are merely a Pinterest click away. To avoid potential injury, be sure to secure any loose nails and sand any rough areas or edges.

Candles2Let There Be Light

Adding ambiance to any outdoor living area is a simple as adding a variety of candles of various sizes. For additional character, convert eclectic vases into unique candle holders. Metal vases like the ones pictured here allow the candlelight to create interesting textures in evening light. Consider flameless candles with built-in timers, so your comfy space is waiting for you each evening.

BirdhouseMemento Mosaic

Can’t bear to throw away your grandmother’s platter, even though it’s chipped? Break it up into pieces to recycle it as a mosaic outdoor project like a tabletop or a decorative item. This birdhouse was created with the remnants of a pottery water pitcher that survived the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. Broken pottery pieces were glued to a basic birdhouse that was purchased from a crafts store, and the roof shingles were cut from pine cones and glued in layers. Whimsical drawer pulls added a finishing touch.

Hardscape photography for manufacturer Belgard located in Kansas, Missouri and NebraskaSplashes of Color & Comfort

Break up a monotone design with colorful pillows of various shapes, sizes, and colors. For longevity,  purchase waterproof fabric or treat fabric with waterproofing agents. Don’t know how to sew? That’s what fabric glue for! If you can cut a straight line, you can make a pillow. Construct pillows inside-out, leaving a small section open to flip the pillow right-side out. Stuff the pillow and secure the opening. Voila!

Recycled WindowTurn It Into a Planter

All sorts of things can be recycled to create interesting container gardens. Here we have a barrel that has been re-purposed as a planter and an old wooden window as a decorative element for a planter box. Another idea is to create an arbor with an old wooden ladder. Secure the length of the ladder along a wall and hang potted plants from the rungs.