In laying out my outdoor zen garden (as my mil likes to call it), I included a spot for a fire pit. We had a number of bricks stacked haphazardly behind our shed, but for a long time I was secretly holding out on using them for anything, hoping that those bricks would be some day be used in a kitchen add-on. However, when neighbors added on to their similarly shaped home without the use of extra bricks, I realized that I was holding out for naught. So, with a little premixed mortar and some planning help from my brilliant son, I went to work.
|These bricks have been stacked behind our shed since we bought the house, over 10 years ago! And who knows how long they were there before that. I didn't encounter any snakes, but there were TONS of spiders and lizards!|
A few weeks before "the build" my son was visiting. I described what I wanted and between the two if us we came up with a design.
|As you can see, he gave some serious thought to the project. :)|
Everything I needed I already had: the brick, the tools and even the mortar.
I've had this premixed mortar around for a while, and it's come in quite handy for quick tile projects. Even though this one was planned out before hand, it was carried out "spur of the moment" (as in, I woke up one day and decided it was the day to make a fire pit).
I had placed a squarish piece of cement to mark the spot for the pit, and I decided to
just build around it. First I laid the bricks in a square around the piece of cement, which will become the base of pit.
The mortar was real easy to put on, sorta like icing a cake. Unfortunately, my cakes turn out a little messy, as did this project!
|Just for good measure, I |
The last row was not really a row at all. I just placed two bricks at each of the corners. This will hold up a grate for fires, or the wooden top I plan on making to cover it during the summer.
The mortar shows quite a bit in the photos, but with weathering and use, it will blend in nicely with the brick. (At least that's what I keep telling myself, lol.)
|At dusk, it's the perfect spot for a glass of wine.|
|With the sun almost all the way down, it's ready for some marshmallows on a stick!|