Do you fancy upgrading your garden this summer? Install a DIY fire pit you can sit around with your friends chatting, drinking and eating. Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes and add a cosy Mediterranean feel to your garden. If you’re up for a new DIY project, research, design and install your fire pit with these simple steps.
Decide on your design
Pinterest is the perfect place for landscaping inspiration. Decide whether you want a sunken, walled, miniature, glass or metal fire pit before investing in any tools. There are many designs available, from industrial style to a campfire vibe, and depending on your home aesthetic and your personal preference the possibilities for DIY fire pits are endless.
When considering the design, make sure to also think about your fire pit’s shape and material. Square firepits go well with angular ceramic tiles, and glass fire pits add a polished feature to your home.
Some fire pits incorporate a cosy seating area as well. You could use a vibrant fabric for your seating to add some personality and comfort. With sunken fire pits, opt for one that doubles as a table, so you don’t have to buy extra side tables when eating outside.
For a more Scandinavian feel, choose a fire pit that incorporates wooden logs into the design as well. Make sure your fire pit coincides with your patio furniture.
Where will it go?
Before you start building, you need to check with your local laws and codes on fire pits. Avoid placing it near a septic tank, leaching field and your property line.
Fire pits make great additions to your lawn. If you’re lucky enough to have a view from your garden, consider using the fire pit as a lookout point.
What will you need?
You will need a few tools to install your DIY fire pit. Invest in a landscape construction adhesive, bucket, level, safety glasses and wheelbarrow.
If your fire pit is walled, you will need to create airflow to feed the flames with oxygen. Use SDS drills to make holes around the base and keep them clear of ash and debris.
Research a few guides to educate yourself on the specific tools you need and safety features to consider. You will thank yourself later.
Finally, make sure you have all the materials needed to put the fire pit together. For example, for a simple fire pit, install the base with gravel and concrete blocks, place the fire ring, fill the gaps with crushed stone, and add the top layer.
Now you can get started on the finishing touches, like fairy lights, marshmallows and blankets.