Looking for unique outdoor fireplace design ideas? A little something to keep you warm and toasty in the patio or garden? A fireplace with a good design takes your exterior living space to a whole new level. Of course, it’s a bigger commitment than a backyard fire pit, or a metal fireball. Although we do love the creative designs that the new fire balls bring to the table, so to speak.
You may be wondering, what’s the difference between a fireplace and a fire pit, anyway? It’s the difference between a living room and a campfire. With a pit, the fire is open and you sit around it campfire style, on all sides of the fire. With a fire pit – there is a clear view beyond the fire, so they are good choices for patios with long views (like the ocean or a city roof deck).
With a fireplace, the fire is the view for the most part. A fireplace is more of a room set up and very much helps create that outdoor room feeling. You sit in front of the fire, not around it. And fireplaces are what we’ve found for you today – 47 unique outdoor fireplace ideas for your patio or garden.
Your fireplace design preference might be rustic – like the gorgeous stone model above – or extremely modern. You can go vertical, horizontal, traditional or contemporary. Freestanding or built-in. Design your patio to showcase your outdoor fireplace beside your pool for that old fire & water contrast. There are so many different ideas and designs – and each creates a totally unique setting for your outdoor living space.
Modern Outdoor Fireplace Design Ideas
This contemporary outdoor fireplace has an imposing design – it certainly commands the outdoor space. Source
The best of both worlds – a unique fireplace plus a view to the side.
This contemporary outdoor fireplace creates a charming seating area on the deck of this modern home. Source
This concrete fireplace design is stunning in its simplicity. And we like the open wicker seating.
A horizontal wood slat facing gives this fireplace design a unique Zen feel. Source
The red wall backing the outdoor fireplace sets the color for design touches around the patio. Source
Lots of room for entertaining around this modern outdoor fireplace grouping. Source
This contemporary cement block fireplace was designed so that it wouldn’t interfere with the ocean view. Good idea.
This incredibly unique fireplace was designed by Fearon Hay, Australian architects. We’ve never seen a fireplace design this tall before, have you? Source
Linear Outdoor Fireplace Designs
And moving right along to some of the longest outdoor fireplace designs we’ve ever seen. Source
This Ortal linear fireplace is inset in a stone wall. Source
As is this Southern Hearth outdoor fireplace inset. Rocks are always a great idea with fireplaces. Source
This linear fireplace design was part of the pool design idea but stands alone. Source
This Valor outdoor fireplace design is more traditional – and still a great idea for a patio or garden. Source
Another case of designing smart – the positioned the patio’s fireplace so it wouldn’t impede the view. Source
Your fireplace can be a smaller part of the overall patio or garden design and still hold its own. Especially when the weather gets a little cooler. Source
Freestanding Outdoor Fireplace Designs
This is really a unique outdoor fireplace – the huge rocks make it look almost medieval up there. What a great design idea – it’s got a big of magic to it, doesn’t it? Source
This charming outdoor sitting area has a decidedly Mediterranean feel to it. And note the outdoor fireplace design – it’s a dual sided fireplace, opening to the dining area as well. Source
Another great patio fireplace design that doesn’t have to compromise the view. Source
This unique outdoor design as a pizza oven as well. What a great idea for the patio or garden. Source
Traditional Outdoor Fireplace Ideas
This is a hugely traditional outdoor fireplace design – and such a great room. Source
A fantastic rooftop fireplace – with a view. Source
A flagstone floor and a Mediterranean-style monster-size outdoor fireplace. Source
A TV built right into the fireplace design. Source
A unique fireplace setting at a Cape Cod home – the patio stones make a great floor for this cozy sitting room. Source
A stone fireplace beside the hot tub – how cool is that design idea? Or should we say, how warm? (The slide is pretty awesome, too.) Source
You don’t need tons of outdoor space for a fireplace. Look how cozy this outdoor room is and it has a fireplace, a TV, a breakfast bar and a BBQ. Source
A classic fireplace design – with an incredible city view backdrop. Sure, pour me a glass. Source
Rustic Outdoor Fireplaces
What a fantastic stone fireplace design. The whole sitting area is gorgeous. Source
Thi Santa Fe adobe style fireplace and patio design rocks – we love how the adobe – and the patio stones – are all one color. Source
Another classic fireplace designed of rock – this looks like a true getaway cabin deep in the woods. Source
Rough-hewn Mexican furniture gives this room a rustic feel – despite the modern fireplace. The mountains help, too.
The pergola with lights is a warm touch to this outdoor room with fireplace. Source
A stone fireplace and timber pillars really set the mood for his western style outdoor room. Source
Another unique cement fireplace design. This one is square instead of round but still has that Santa Fe feel. Love the mantle piece. A lot. It’s so simplistic. And the color – that plum-tinged earthtone is striking. Source
Another hot tub beside a this rustic fireplace – it’s a great trend, we approve. Source
This stunning rock fireplace has a window screen and a firewood box. We love it. Source
Unique Fireplace Design Ideas – for the Pool
Even on a grey day, a poolside fireplace can warm up the mood. Red helps, too. Source
A floating seating area, beside a turret in front of the fireplace, at the end of the pool. Now tell me that’s not unique, I dare you. Source
The Escea exterior fireplace is meant to cook in – what a clever design idea that was. Source
This is a charming gazebo room with a fireplace. And it’s been designed right into the pool and hot tub area. Source
Another double-sided outdoor fireplace design on this tropical patio. Looks so comfortable and inviting. Source
And extremely unique color – lavender – for an outdoor fireplace design, but it works very nicely. Source
This covered room with fireplace and infinity pool is a lovely design – the sand color makes it feel almost Moroccan under the roof. Source
The dessert, the pool, the sleek white – what a unique outdoor fireplace design.
As the sun goes down in the dessert, you’ll be glad to have an outdoor fireplace almost anytime of the year. Source