Long before sheltering-in-place went into effect — before masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer were de rigueur — outdoor living was a thing. Over the last 10 years, homeowners have embraced the concept and created refuges that feature outdoor kitchens, patios, fire pits and fireplace features.
But in the time of coronavirus, that urge to create a staycation paradise has exploded and according to a recent survey by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 79 percent of U.S. home buyers ranked outdoor space as the No. 1 priority for their first home.
It’s no surprise that one feature on everybody’s outdoor living bucket list is a fireplace or fire pit. Not only does it add a cozy sitting area for large or small gatherings, but you can snuggle up in front of a fire pretty much any time of year. A fire pit is always a family favorite, and is also an ideal place to unwind after a busy day at work, even if your office is now your kitchen table. It’s hard to feel stressed when you’re listening to the woodfire crackle while gazing at the stars.
Granite hearths, mantels and fireplace surrounds, as well as natural stone veneer, add that classic touch and create a striking focal point for any indoor or outdoor living space. Fieldstone is also a strong and durable material for an outdoor fireplace. And what could be more long lasting than a granite fire pit?
Need some inspiration? These 15 granite and natural stone fireplaces and fire pits will get you in the mood to light up the night in your outdoor living space.
Project by Seoane Landscape Design
A WOODBURY GRAY™ granite hearth and mantel in Westwood, Massachusetts are featured on this natural stone fireplace, creating the coziest of cozy spots for outdoor relaxation.
Project by New England Landscapes, Inc.
This rustic fireplace featuring a Woodbury Gray granite hearth, cap and accents, fits right into the wooded setting and creates the perfect ambiance for intimate gatherings with friends on a crisp fall night.
Step right up to this stunning fireplace, whose Woodbury Gray granite custom side areas, cap and hearth make it stand out from its woodsy setting.
Project by S.D. Szetela Mason Contractor
Imagine snuggling up with that special someone in front of this cozy outdoor fireplace after hitting the slopes. Constructed of South Bay Quartzite from Swenson Granite Works, this fireplace is just the spot for an apres ski rendezvous.
Project by Natural Designs, LLC
A custom Woodbury Gray granite hearth is featured on Eva Amurri’s outdoor fireplace at her historic Greek Revival home in Westport, Connecticut that makes for a cozy sitting area on the Woodbury Gray granite patio, perfect for entertaining friends or a movie night with the kids.
Project by Stone Mountain Masonry
This outdoor fireplace in the Lake Sunapee region features a CALEDONIA™ granite hearth, mantel, granite cap and accent pieces with a rock and cushioned edge from Swenson Granite Works.
What an incredible way to add a fireplace to your outdoor living space! Berkshire™ thin veneer Indiana limestone was used for the towering fireplace that’s tucked to the side of this home but is certainly no wallflower.
Adding Berkshire Indiana limestone thin veneer to this outdoor fireplace was an easy upgrade. Clean edges and a split face make this Indiana limestone veneer a versatile material for modern and traditional designs that require both a classic and pleasing random pattern.
Who says bigger is better? What a nice little spot to cozy up in front of this custom crafted Woodbury Gray granite outdoor fireplace and gaze out at Lake Wyola located in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
Photo credit Robbin Mangano
Create a respite from the world with this two-tier Woodbury Gray granite fire pit — with a 30” diameter cast iron ring and tilt back cooking grate. Featuring solid 50 lb. granite blocks that are easy to assemble, you can pick it up in the morning and be roasting marshmallows or sipping a drink fireside by nightfall.
Adding granite to this charming backyard getaway is a game changer. A patio constructed of Woodbury Gray granite pattern pavers paired with Polycor’s INDIANA LIMESTONE- FULL COLOR BLEND™ garden wall is the perfect backdrop for toasting s’mores with the family by the Woodbury Gray granite fire pit.
Project by Northern Lights Landscape
A backyard retreat in Hollis, New Hampshire gets a rugged vibe from a textured Boston blend mosaic thin veneer that’s topped with a Woodbury Gray granite cap, surrounded by the full color natural cleft bluestone patio and gray cobblestones.
Project by Seoane Landscape Design
Lounge around this fire pit area, made with New England fieldstone, natural cleft bluestone from Swenson Granite Works and topped with a bluestone cap. Flanked by a natural ledge and colorful plantings, this fire pit is just the spot to pull up a chair and tell stories under the stars.
Autumn Pink granite coping and wall cap with a polished finish makes this fire pit and surrounding seating area an elegant setting for late night gab sessions over wine with best friends.
Project by MDM Construction
When you need to get away from it all, this fire pit hideaway is just the spot for looking at the stars over a crackling fire. All of the elements — like the thin weathered fieldstone wall, Woodbury Gray granite split face steps, thermal bluestone select paver patio, Ticonderoga granite thin wallstone, and Woodbury Gray granite fire pit cap, thermal top with rock face edges — come together to create a haven from the everyday.