We were having coffee one Saturday morning mapping out the day, when we started conceptually talking about building an outdoor fire pit. I’m not quite sure what happened, because I was planning to spread mulch in my gardens that day. But next thing I know, Chris was at the local garden center looking at different types of stone. When this happens you gotta just go with it right?
We chose to site the new fire pit area in a debris-accumulating area of the back yard. Do you have one of those? LOL. This spot used to contain my girls’ play house. Since they outgrew it, we dismantled it and the space became a place to store firewood. Chris cleared the area and went to the local nursery to shop some stone while I finished mulching the front the gardens.
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Deciding on Stone
While I was mulching, he was texting me photos of various stone options. Do you know how hard it is to text this stuff while mulching? Not to mention I did not have my readers on, but I digress.
The option I chose was a little more expensive and provided more stone than we needed. He wanted to go with the less expensive option that gave us just the right amount to build the fire pit. The one I preferred had more of the look we wanted for the yard with larger, thicker, more rustic looking stone. His preference had thinner and flatter pieces of stone. After some discussion, we went with the larger stone.
Although we were getting more stone than necessary, we decided we are doing this once, so let’s make it look the way we want! I’m sure we could have bought something pre-fab or a kit, but we wanted something that looked rustic and natural, so we chose the larger stone that gave us a surplus. Since we had more stone than necessary, we built a stone bench for extra seating.
The Fire Pit
What do you think of the new fire pit area? We love it and hang out there often roasting marshmallows with the kids. It is great having the additional outdoor living space. At night, it feels so cozy and comfortable with tiki torches we added to the fence posts. Do you have a fire pit area? I’d love to see it if you do! If not, I hope this brought some inspiration for your outdoor spaces.
Disclaimer: This blog is not a tutorial or how-to-build a fire pit article. Please consult with your municipality and local ordinances, as well as other building professionals regarding how to build safely fire pit in your area.