One Avenue Inspection exists to provide you advanced home inspection services and professional home maintenance advice. The Do-It-Yourself Turn Key Tips we talk about are meant to encourage you to improve your home safely and efficiently to both increase the value of your home for resale and make you love your bit of Arizona real estate even more. We love hearing from our clients about projects that worked out (or fell through) for them!
This week, we want to bring your attention to your backyard. While the temperatures outside are still tolerable, we encourage you to step outside and create a lovely, social atmosphere that you and your family will want to sit around year-round!
Steps for an Easy Fire Pit:
1. Measure your space.
Decide on a location in your yard that can fit chairs and lounges around it. Measure about 2-3 feet diameter, if it is circular, or whatever length and width you want for a rectangular fire pit. Remember that you want to contain the fire and be able to converse over it!
2. Buy your materials.
Depending on the height and width of your pit, you will need to purchase a certain number/size of concrete blocks (or brick, stone, etc.) One Avenue recommends talking to an associate who is familiar with outdoor building in Home Depot or Lowes before purchasing your base! You will also need a steel ring, capstones (if you decide to get extra fancy!), drainage gravel, and cement mortar.
3. Dig out the base.
Dig out a hole as deep as you want the pit to sit in the ground. We have seen some beautiful “buried” fire pits! For extra safety, line the pit with a steel ring so that the brick or concrete blocks don’t get burned and worn down.
4. Set up the base and the first layer.
Line up the bottom blocks and make sure they fit the size you want, adjusting the size of each block accordingly. Make sure the circle (or rectangle) is tight and that the edges fit together. Fill the hole with 6-7 inches of drainage gravel. Put the first layer into the hole you dug, lining it with about a foot of steel. Constantly make sure the blocks are level so as to prevent a big difference in the end!
5. Set up the next few layers.
Using caulk or mortar to fix the second and third layer of blocks in place, proceed to hammer them in with a rubber mallet. Pour in more gravel to create a solid base for the block wall and the fire’s bottom. Remember that whatever adhesive you use dries quickly so work efficiently and swiftly!
6. Finish it up.
Build the fire pit walls as high as you desire. Once you have reached the last layer, attach your capstones with mortar to the top, as always, using a level. Read more about how to use concrete properly. Wait three days before lighting a fire.
One Avenue team members hope you love your Arizona home and backyard to the fullest! Remember to get home inspections every five or six years, even if you are not selling your home. This will give you peace of mind and maybe even prevent an expensive future disaster! Contact the professionals at our office for more informations and home help tips. 623.299.2142