I am sure most of you are not thinking about roasting marshmallows or outdoor fires at the beginning summer but this past weekend we created a stone patio diy fire pit. Yay! Our family loves outdoor fires and s’mores. Who doesn’t right? Thanks to Moose and an unexpected fence purchase our monthly DIY budget was gone in the first week so we are only doing house projects that cost no money for the rest of the month:)…like our diy fire pit stone patio! FYI: I am really excited about sharing this project with you guys and I went a little crazy with the pictures:).
Our Stone Patio DIY Fire Pit & Wood Beam Benches
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When we moved into our home almost 2 years ago there was a fire pit but it only consisted of a hole in the middle of the grass at the top of our yard off of our family room. We also discovered a flagstone path leading up to the pit covered under weeds. Crazy! Unbelievably that wasn’t the only hidden path we found in the yard. Here is part of the path that was either hidden or completely overgrown.
The first fall we moved into our old farmhouse we dug out the fire pit and enlarged it into a large square.
We bought stone blocks from Lowes to make the diy fire pit and topped it with some blue stones that were already in our yard. Here is a picture of what the fire pit area it looked like last month for our spring garden tour.
Since making the diy fire pit I have wanted to add a patio around it so that more people can enjoy sitting around it. We moved some of the flagstone path we have off the kitchen deck and placed it around the diy fire pit. The path off of our kitchen is very wide in some spots so we took one row of flagstone out in preparation to put in a wood storage rack where some of the stone was. You can see some of that path here:
We first placed the stone around the pit and decided on a square patio. We also decided to connect the patio to the family room path. We wanted the flagstone low enough that if I needed to mow over each piece. Jason then cut the grass around each piece of flagstone, dug up the grass and leveled each stone. The kids and I wanted to help more with this task but it required more muscles than we could offer:). Moose was instrumental in standing exactly where we needed to dig every time. I am not sure how we would have figured it out without him:).
Here is our stone patio fire pit right after Jason finished.
The whole time we were working on the patio I found myself wishing we had more seating without having to buy it. (Up until now we only had two Craigslist Restoration Hardware chairs and two more Adirondack chairs Jason had made). Jason had this brilliant idea to use some oak beams we had gotten from a friend that were sitting in our garage and turn them into benches. I have no idea what the beams were used for originally and they are very old. Like they say they don’t make them like they used to! Definitely couldn’t have moved the beams without Tucker’s help:).
Jason cut one of the beams every 6 inches with his chainsaw to raise the benches up to a better sitting height. He then put 2 of the 6 inch sections under each beam creating 3 benches around the fire pit patio.
We used what was left of the beam Jason cut to make one side table.
I love the benches surrounding the fire pit. They make it feel like we created another outdoor room!
It is so great to have enough seating for all six of us and some friends!
To celebrate the finished fire pit stone patio we had some friends over for s’mores.
Did I mention how much our family likes s’mores?
I think we might need to make some more beam side tables to fit the food and drinks on because we wound up using one of the benches for food instead of people but that is a project for another weekend:).
Another bonus of this project was that we were able to move the 2 Adirondack chairs to a new spot in the yard. The kids and I now have a shady spot to sit closer to the play set.
Despite the warm weather we are having we have been enjoying this new patio to sit and enjoy our yard and watch the kids even when we don’t have a fire but it sure looks pretty when we have one!!! This picture was taken right before Moose ran away with one of the chocolate bars. Thankfully we all ran after him and got it back before it was eaten. It may be Moose’s first and last experience with s’mores…the poor guy was quarantined to the house for the rest of the s’more party.
Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our Stone Patio DIY Fire Pit & Wood Beam Benches!!! Our kids are officially done school this Tuesday… I can’t believe how quickly this year went! Hope you guys have a great weekend!
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