Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Backyard Fire this Summer

We finished up the hardscaping for our backyard firepit this weekend- LOTS of digging involved. Here's a picture of the semi-finished product:
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We used a hard limestone rubble stone to edge the surround path that encircles the sitting area. The slabs of rock inside are old sandstone from under an ancient clothesline (cut down before we bought the house, sadly); we are going to find (or make) nice chairs to set on them. The inside circle (for the firepit) is created out of limestone arches. All stones were salvaged from either our yard or my father-in-law's scrap pile.

A close up of the rocks:
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Still to happen:
Plant woolly thyme in the dirt around the seating slabs for a nice smelling lawn effect...
Kill weeds inside the firepit area and walkway with vinegar...
Add crushed rock and pavers to the walkway...


Cost:
$10 in landscaping fabric (bought a year ago)

Salvaged Materials:
Stone

New Materials:
Landscaping fabric (bought a year ago)

17 comments:

Jenni said...

Looking good!

modernemama said...

And the outer circle is for dancing round the firepit? That's some amazing work you've done at a phenomenally good price.

Marilyn said...

Yes, that really is impressive! I want to fire up some s'mores around that pit - and woolly thyme smells wonderful.

Jen said...

ohmygosh that is so awesome! I'm totally coming to hang out at your house this summer :) I'm jealous of you having done such a cool project, too.

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

High five!!
What a great idea and love the price!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous! That looks like so much fun.

I've been thinking about finding a permanent spot for a fire pit, but with all the wood burning bans we've had in the last few years, I doubt we'd get to use it. And that would make me sad.

Good luck with yours.

Janet Clarey said...

This is looking great. My son dug one last weekend and although the price is similar, it doesn't look anything like this! Wow!

Christine said...

Very impressive, I can almost smell the marshmallows toasting!

Jen & Stan said...

I can only hope that when we get to our backyard firepit project it looks half this good!

Green Fairy said...

All I can say is WOW, that looks great!

Allie said...

Wow! That's beautiful!

Amalie said...

Needless to say... Wow!

Looks great!!

Dulcie said...

That is going to be SO awesome!! :)

Stephanie said...

That is SO cool! Really fantastic!

(Although, I must admit that it makes me even more ashamed of my horribly ugly and overgrown yard!)

pedalpower said...

Wow, what a beautiful use for your salvaged materials! Can't wait to see it all done.

Larry said...

AWESOME - just plaine awesome!!

Will you come to my place and rebuild our fire pit?

Corey said...

very cool!