A fire pit is a center of entertainment: one that can be used in every season. It allows for great conversation and nights of fun with friends and family by providing a centerpiece that everyone will enjoy. There’s nothing like relaxing outside in the cozy warmth of your fire pit, enjoying the beauty of the world around you. So, have you ever thought about having one installed at your house?
The Value of a Fire Pit in Colder Months and Beyond
Fire pits are highly customizable, allowing you to match any aesthetic. For a simple look, you can build an in-ground fire pit. There are no retaining walls to interrupt the flow of the area, giving it a nice, open feel. If you’re interested in an above-ground fire pit, you can build them with almost any shape, brick style, or aesthetic you can think of. If built correctly, a fire pit accentuates the best features of the area around it, adding curb appeal and enhancing your outdoor living space.
Building a fire pit isn’t as easy as it may seem. If you’re interested in building one but aren’t sure of where to begin, speak to pavement experts or driveway contractors at F&M. The best companies have the experience to not only build retaining walls but also work on patios or driveways.
Interested in the process?
- It begins with picking a location. This location should be free of bushes, branches, sheds, or any other combustibles.
- Plan out your design. Measure the diameter of your ideal fire pit. You can use spray paint to plan out where you will need to dig or build.
- Dig out the area and pour the concrete. The hole should be at least three inches deep and the top should be as smooth as possible.
- Choose your face stones and capstones. Face stones will be what people see from outside the pit and the capstones line the top. The capstones should be the smoothest stones.
- Lay the stone layer by layer. After each layer, fill the interior with firebrick, matching the shape of the design. Once the final layer is done, fill the voids between the stones and the firebrick with the mortar and other rocks.
- Lay the capstones on top. Some may need to be cut into shape. Mortar them once you are finished!
Since 1979, we’ve been expertly replacing driveways and building patios. Now a family affair, we work hard to keep F&M Contractors at the forefront of our field to provide customers in Baltimore and surrounding areas with an excellent experience they’ll share.
Schedule a free estimate today! We build retaining walls to correct sloped areas, seating walls to add interest to patios, and complete total outdoor overhauls. Whatever the project, F&M contractors can offer the expertise needed. Click the link above or call us at 410-667-8900.