Matt and I are crazy. On Sunday, after running a 10k the day before, we decide at 12 o'clock that we were going to redo a section just off our back patio. If you look at the before picture this natural area has been many things: a vegetable garden, flower bed, dead flower bed in the heat of summer and an ant sanctuary at one point. I was so tired of it looking decent for a little while, then once the South Carolina summer was upon us the flowers or vegetables would die in the heat and it would be ugly again.
We have always had a regular fire pit that we can move wherever but I have always wanted a stationary one. I found this on Pinterest and showed Matt and he was immediately on board. We went outside, measured and laid it out in our minds what we wanted the area to look like. Since we already had the fire bowl, all we needed were the edging stones and a few more bags of the pea gravel from Lowe's. We used 48 of the brick colored edging stones. They fit together perfectly around the bowl.
It was quite a big project because there was pea gravel currently on the area we were redoing. We shoveled all of that into our huge trash can(so very hard!), and then we had to level out the area. We don't have a wheelbarrow, so we shoveled the dirt onto a tarp. It took both of us at full power to run up the hill in our backyard with the tarp being drug behind us to dump it. We did that about 12 times(whew!). Finally we got it leveled, laid down landscaping fabric and then the fun began. We could start to see our vision come to life as we laid the edgers and pea gravel; then were able to build the fire pit. It turned out amazing! Now all I need is to add the finishing touches with flowers in my pots and it will be the perfect place to relax on a spring or summer evening!