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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 5/22/2020


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A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some supplies, determine the size and shape of your fire pit and get ready to work your muscles as you create a new focal point for your yard. 

Create a Fast & Easy Firepit

Fire pits are surprisingly fast and easy to create. If you can layer stones and follow basic directions, you can create an enduring accent you'll enjoy for years to come. 

Materials: 

A fire pit needs a gravel base and surround, stones or concrete bricks for the sides and firepit stones for the interior. You'll also need some basic tools for leveling the ground and finishing the space, including a shovel, rake and a can of spray paint. While you can head right to the DIY big box store, contact your local landscape supply stores as well. You'll need both stone and gravel in bulk and you'll pay far less for it from a landscape provider.

Choose natural stone if you enjoy working things out and want to take the time to work with raw materials that may differ in size and shape. Opt for uniform pavers, bricks or poured stones if you like an overall look and want the pieces to be easy to stack. 

Create a Firepit

  • Determine the size and shape pit you want to make -- larger pits make bigger entertainment spaces, but require more rock. You'll need space for the pit and for seating around it, so take these needs into consideration as you determine where the pit should go and how big it should be. 
  • Use spray paint to mark off a shape for the pit. It can be square, circular or just an appealing organic shape. 
  • Dig about an inch down, remove all grass and sod and create a level surface on the ground. 
  • Begin stacking your chosen stones around the edges, within the leveled off area. You will not need to mortar between the stones, but should attempt to stack them evenly, without a lot of gaps. Stack one layer at a time, then move on to the next. 
  • Fill the base with the amount of fire pit stones recommended by the manufacturer -- this can vary and will be printed on the container. 
  • Spread gravel around the outside edges of the pit to create a seating area and to prevent grass from returning. 
  • Light it up and enjoy!

 

Once complete, a fire pit will be a lasting, low maintenance focal point for your yard for years to come. Use in the summer for grilling and roasting marshmallows, then fire it up for warmth on cooler nights -- either way, you'll love enjoying not only a gorgeous accent, but a piece you've made yourself. 

 




Categories: DIY  


Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 7/26/2019

When you have a small yard, you may feel like thereís not much you can do with your landscaping scheme. The good news is that there is plenty that you can do to perk up your yard and give it some character. Read on for tips for your small yard. 


A Yard With A View


First, you should create a focal point in your yard. You want a place that your eyes are drawn to each time you enter your yard. This focal point could be a fountain, a pergola, a tree, or even some outdoor artwork.


Create An Intimate Spot


Even though your backyard might be small, having a spot for intimate conversation and entertaining can be a nice touch to your yard. When there is a space that exists for reading, relaxing, eating, or whatever you like to do outside, it becomes more inviting. This is landscaping with a purpose.   



Use Color To Your Advantage


Make bold colors pop in your yard. Attention will be detracted from the size of your yard and the focus will switch to the beautiful blends and colors that are in the space. Placing bright colors strategically will even make your yard appear larger. 



Trick Imagery


By creating a focal point and allowing your yard to form in long, clean lines, the perspective of the outdoor space will change from small to just right. One trick is to use fences to define your yard. If you have a garden, you can use a small fence to define this area. Define the boundaries of your backyard with a fence as well. Repeating rows of flowers or bushes is another way to create those straight, defining lines. 


Use Vertical Features


When space is limited, just as you would in the inside of your house, donít be afraid to go up! You can plant things that grow on a vine and can be tamed with a trellis or pergola. This creates and elegant effect in your home. 


No Lawn No Problem


If your yard is small enough that you may not even have much grass, donít fret. Any kind of greenery can help you to enjoy nature. Whether you live in a rural area or a large cityscape, thereís always room for plant life and green natural accents.      


Donít Forget To Add What You Love


If you have an admiration for sitting by the fire, you certainly should install a fire pit. If you want a fountain, you should install it. No matter what the size of your yard, itís a place that you love and should serve you and your needs. No yard is too small for enjoyment. The key is that your outdoor space allows you to bask in the glory of your own little piece of natural heaven.    


 





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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 7/15/2016

Itís that time of the year when you are spending more time outdoors, enjoying the warm weather, friends and food. Make it complete by creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space. Perfect means something different to everyone and it certainly doesnít need to mean going overboard with a $30k investment. With just a little elbow grease and a little money, youíll be on your way. Check out the tips below for making it happen. Clean: A tidy area will always look better than an untidy one. Make sure to mow your lawn regularly and water it as well. Sweep or blow off the patio or deck. Stain or paint, if needed. Wipe down outdoor furniture and clean cushions as necessary. Tidy up your garden and plant beds for extra appeal. Having a clean space will make it much more appealing and comfortable to use. Personality: Adding personality into any space is the best way to bring it alive. Do you love bold, bright colors? Purchase seat cushions and accessories that reflect this. Would you rather a beach theme to your outdoor space? Add hints of blue, seashells, stripes and anchors to your space. Outdoor Lighting: Lighting is the perfect way to Ďlight upí your space. And there are so many different ways to add lighting to your outdoor space. Choose from string lights, hanging lights, and decorative lighting with objects like lanterns. String lights are a fun way to add unique ambiance to your space. Think of the feeling you get when your Christmas lights are twinkling outside your home. Bring that feeling to your entertainment space in the summer too. With just a few simple updates you can turn your outdoor space into a great entertainment space. Whether itís just for you or for friends and family, your updates donít need to break the bank. And most of all enjoy your space. For those living in New England, there are only a few months out of the year where you can truly enjoy sitting outdoors with friends and family. Take advantage of it!




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