I've seen some pretty fancy backyard fire places- but we are quite happy with our little "hole in the ground" - it even has fancy sea shells around the edges to dress it up a bit! Our inspiration came from all the fun and enjoyment we experience while sitting around the campfire. Point is- instead of waiting until we're able to do everything we want to make ourselves a little backyard paradise (read- spend a pile of money ) we're going ahead and enjoying what we have......which is a perfectly good hole in the ground.
We are especially thankful to have a beautiful view out back, although once the sun goes down the view isn't required for fireside fun. Any 'ole hole in the ground will sufice! I encourage you to consider a project like this for your own family yard.
Maybe one day we'll have a pool and a fancy outdoor kitchen with outdoor furniture that looks like it's fresh out of a magazine. (Yes, I already have it all pictured in my head.) For now, I have to say- the family time and the marshmallows are just as sweet!