Outdoor fire pits are popular in Colorado where fires must be strictly controlled, and even summer evenings can be quite cool. The trick is to create an inviting communal area around it. I like this idea, with the mix of fixed and moveable seating.
This sand backyard fire pit area is awesome. I can just feel my feet in the sand, like at the beach. and we have sugar sand as a natural feature on our property, so we are in good shape to make this happen!