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Baby you can light my fire…

It’s time for another home related post! When I was looking at houses, one of the things I loved about mine was the backyard. It was big and fenced in and even came with a fire pit! … Or at least the remains of one from the previous owners.

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That sad, broken paver stone pit had me dreaming of summer nights by the bonfire, enjoying s’mores and playing music with friends (a very Nashville dream if I’ve ever seen one!).

I started working on the new and improved fire pit a few weeks ago, a few spare minutes at a time. First I had to get rid of all the garbage and half-burnt remains from the guy who lived here before me. I think he may have been a bit of a pyro…. I found trash, old springs, and what I’m pretty sure was something from a car engine. Haha.

After that was done I dug out the ash that was left in the pit to get down to the dirt. I removed all the old paver stones, which were luckily not cemented together, so that part was easy. I removed more of the grass from around the edges to keep more space around the fire pit clear as well.

Finally it was time to build the fire pit! The first row was the most tedious since the old first-layer of pavers was really uneven. I was using the hexagonal paver stones, some from the original pit and about 30 new ones I bought at home depot finish the project. I laid the first brick and then went one at a time, butting them against each other and filling in the spaces with soil or digging into the ground to get a nice, level base. Once I had the first row completed, I packed more soil around the inside and outside of the ring to secure the bricks.

The rest was pretty easy. I just laid paver stones in stacked rows, making sure they were snug and secure as I went. I had debated using some kind if cement to secure the stones together, but after reading a bunch if tutorials (thanks, Pinterest!) I decided that it would be fine to leave them stacked and not glued together.

The final result looked like this:

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I’m pretty proud of this one. I am thinking about adding some pebbles around the edge to give it a more finished look. Can’t wait to start enjoying some beautiful summer, southern nights by the fire!