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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My fire pit

Several months ago I saw this fire pit area on Pinterest.  I quickly pinned it hoping that I might someday implement it into my yard when the swing set was gone.


The more I looked at it, the more I had to have it!!  But...I had to do it myself.  Just because I could.  And...I'm like that.  :)  I ended up showing it to my mom and then got thinking aloud.  If I were to truly do it myself, I wouldn't be able to do all of those cuts on the bricks if I really wanted it a half circle.  So, we started looking through hundreds of fire pits on Houzz.  Then one got me giddy actually.  I could have straight lines and my bricks.  Sold!!


I may be about the most spontaneous person you'll ever meet.  The next morning we leveled the ground, over the course of the next few days, I purchased over six hundred blocks, loaded up my suburban several times and had three pallets delivered.  The kids helped me bring them all out back by either carrying them or loading them onto the dolly and dragging them through the rocks.  I stacked and stacked and glued and glued.  (liquid nails for masonry and brick)  Until....I had my very own fire pit and bench that can seat my entire family and room for many more.  The kids and I are happy and we love what we did together.  I wanted a real fire pit where we can cook s'mores, dutch oven potatoes, and pancakes on the griddle.  I'm thinking a cook out is in the near future.  :)


I had the old cement border ripped out, new paver borders put in, and the lawn extended four feet.  I put in three garden boxes, moved some huge rocks I dug out years ago, used a pick and dug twenty seven holes, went to Star Nursery several times, planted twenty seven plants and bushes, hooked up over fifty drippers and I'm happy to say that my back yard is ME!!  It is finished and I am so happy.  Happy, happy, happy.  I even like having a swing set in the back yard now that I chopped it all to heck and made it just two swings and new stain on it.  I cleaned out the bike area and moved the basketball hoop over to the corner so that it is out of the way and you never look into the sun when shooting.


19 comments:

Erika said...

Ok that is awesome and now I want one! My yard needs soo so much help. I may have to use this fab idea...someday!

Megan said...

Amazing! I love it all. What a great backyard. You are definitely inspiring.

Erika said...

Now I just pinned YOUR pit. Thanks!

Brielle Franklin said...

SO AWESOME! We just thought of adding an outdoor fire pit to our yard. I never thought that they could look so great! I also never thought of adding the seating to it. Thanks so much for your pictures!

Diamond Companies said...

You were able to build a hybrid of the two inspirations. Great job! A fire pit is a very significant addition to your background, especially if your family is inclined to the outdoors, or maybe it would be the instrument for your family to start spending more quality time outside.

Alexia Wilson said...

May I ask how much it cost for the project? (Just the pit and seating area).

NICHOLE said...

Yes, could you please tell us what the cost was for this great project? Thank you and great job!

Sabrina Bernt said...

Did you use anything in between the stones i.e. Glue, or cement to hold it together?

Hans Bayer said...

This project is going to cost well over $1,000.00
With material prices of $1.60 per brick (Home Depot or Menards)

loveland9 said...

I bought the bricks at Lowes. They were each on sale for $2.20 rather than $2.70 a brick. I used about 475 bricks for the bench and I bought the firepit kit on sale for $200 at Lowes which included the bricks and metal ring.

I used Loctite proline 375 Heavy Duty construction glue which is sold like a caulk tube. I used many large tubes and it has held up great. We love it and use it frequently.

Lindsey Mckenzie said...

Your fire pit looks amazing! It’s gonna be a perfect spot for get togethers, or just hanging out at night when you guys feel like it. I think you can also add a slab table as well. Although that's not really a priority if you are not considering cooking or grilling out there. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Lindsey Mckenzie @ Buchanan Fire And Outdoor

Ashley T said...

Love this idea! It would be great for entertaining outdoors. Is the backrest pretty sturdy? Have you had any problems with it toppling over?

loveland9 said...

Ashley, the brick bench around the firepit has held up great. It's not going anywhere! The liquid nails make it very secure. We have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Karla said...

Did you follow any specific plans or just wing it?

loveland9 said...

Karla, I drew up my own plans knowing the area that I had, the bricks I wanted to use, and the size I wanted it to be. It was like putting a puzzle together and then once I got the hang of it, it became easier.

loveland9 said...

Karla, I drew up my own plans knowing the area that I had, the bricks I wanted to use, and the size I wanted it to be. It was like putting a puzzle together and then once I got the hang of it, it became easier.

Krista said...

I adore this project. Would you happen to remember the dimensions of the bricks you used?

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Chelsea Yost said...

Hi I was wondering if you wouldn't mind telling me which type of brick you used? I love your fire pit and seating area! It looks beautiful.