DIY

Last weekend seemed like as good as a time as any to build a giant fire pit with matching seating. I recruited some volunteers and a professional and the project was underway! 

We settled on an area to the right of the current patio in our backyard. A blank canvas.  

Boring 

Boring 

The first step was tilling the grass and dirt to simplify the digging that would soon ensue. I was pretty skilled behind the tiller. 

#fadeddaysshades  

#fadeddaysshades  

Once the ground was leveled our professional landscaper showed us how to get this fire pit started! Thank goodness Brady will work for beer and brats because we would have been lost without him.  

Progress

Progress

The bottom level was the hard part, once that was completed we could stack the blocks on top of the foundation. We used concrete caulk to ensure the fire pit stays in tact. Luckily fellow Unfiltered Adventurer Leslie came out to assist in the DIY project. She earned herself s'mores for life.  This was hard work! 

She's so happy I'm paying her with an IOU promising s'mores

She's so happy I'm paying her with an IOU promising s'mores

The finishing touch was the pavers across the top level. It turned out perfect. Here is a fun fact: landscaping terminology according to Brady. The smallest blocks are called doughnuts, the medium blocks are called hamburgers and the large (extreamly heavy and awkward to carry ones) are called steaks. Now you too can sound like a professional.  Occasionally the doughnut wasn't quite big enough but the hamburger was a little too large. That's no problem, Billy just took a saw to it. 

Power tools  

Power tools  

We took a break to pat ourselves on the back, that is a killer fire pit! While having a beer or two we decided to tackle the seating bench. Our arms felt like they could fall off at any moment but why not do twice as much work. We recruited some more help.  

These two fellas are not afraid to get their paws dirty  

These two fellas are not afraid to get their paws dirty  

Leslie started chiseling the rough edges of the steaks and the bench was quickly completed! Check it out! We do have flagstone to install around the pit to finish it off That will be another project for another day. 

Ta Da!  

Ta Da!  

A huge thank you to everyone who helped complete this project. I was exhausted but it was totally worth it. If you don't mind some heavy lifting, getting dirty & not being able to use your fingers for a couple of days you too can build your very own firepit!  

Cheers!  

Andrea