Design Details: Fire Pits

This LEED Gold high-rise, a 2011 Builder’s Choice Grand Award Winner, houses lots of people, but it features outdoor spaces that encourage gathering.  Architect: Tony Cutri, Martinez  Cutri Corp.; Builder: Carmen Vann, Turner Construction; Landscape Architect: Mohamed Zaki, DeLorenzo Incorporated

A sitting area mimics a welcoming interior fireside, but with plenty of space to embrace being outside.  Architect: William T. Baker; Builder: Warren Sirzyk, Renaissance Development Corp.; Landscape Architect: Joe Gayle, Joe Gayle and Associates

Outdoor fireplaces aren’t just for Californians. In Baltimore, a rustic-looking fireplace anchors a courtyard space in a mixed-use community that’s LEED certified—and a mix of young professionals, university professors, and empty-nesters. Architect: Sam Rajamanickam, Design Collective, Inc.; Builder: Mike Schlegel, The Bozzuto Group; Landscape Architect: Catherine Mahan, Mahan Rykiel Associates

Scandinavian design informs this house, with an outdoor fire pit whose design follows the building’s modern lines. Architect: Matthias J. Pearson; Builder: Edward Ernst, Upriver Construction Company; Landscape Architect: Matthias J. Pearson

The theme of Assembly House, a 2011 Builder’s Choice Grand Award winner, is gathering and interaction.  Here fire meets water, providing a dramatic punctuation mark to a reflecting pool. Architect: Shay Zak, Zak Architecture; Builder: John Metzler, Metzler Contracting; Landscape Architect: Todd Cole, Suzman Cole Design Associates

There’s plenty of seating area at this fire pit, located in a mixed-income development of townhouses and low-rises. Architect: KTGY Group; Builder: O'Brien Homes/Sunnyvale Associates; Land Planner: KTGY Group

In this backyard, a two-sided fireplace does double duty as fire pit and patio wall. Architect: Jay Corder; Builder: David Wilkes, David Wilkes Builders; Fireplace Design:  David Wilkes, David Wilkes Builders

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