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A custom in-ground fire pit leaves the view of the lake unobstructed. Simon Davison.

An above-ground fire pit with stone caps. Landscaping Network in Calimesa, CA.

A built-in fire pit offers ultimate luxury. It provides a beautiful feature that's great for entertaining family and friends. A custom built fire pit will add a warmth, light and ambiance to your yard. You'll be able to spend hours with friends and family telling stories and roasting marshmallows over the flames.

There are two types of built-in fire pits: custom and prefabricated kits. A custom built-in fire pit will offer nearly limitless size, shape and decorative options. Custom fire pits can be built in-ground or above-ground. Prefabricated built-in fire pit kits offer round, square and rectangular models in a few different sizes and can be faced with your choice of materials. Generally, prefab fire pits are only installed above-ground.

With built-in fire pits there are a variety of shape options. There's the traditional round campfire shape, square, rectangular or something completely unique. Round firepits work best for conversation areas because the round shape encourages guests to sit and converse. Square fire pits offer a classy, high-end feel, making them a great fit for formal and structured gardens. A rectangular pit will work well next to a seat wall or bench, as a backdrop for a water feature or swimming pool and for warming large groups. A unique shape option is the L-shaped pit, which works well in corners.

Since built-in fire pits are permanent features, you'll want to consider the location carefully. Making sure your custom fire pit is built in a safe, convenient and central location will ensure that it gets used. Never tuck a fire pit in an out of the way destination, a fire pit is much like a kitchen, it becomes the center of activity.

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