We’ve been having fun with this hearth pit hangout spot for months now, nevertheless it hasn’t been on the weblog… till immediately. That is principally a lesson in how a fence could make a HUGE distinction in defining an space, which may result in including some easy outside furnishings (on this case, it was 4 adirondak chairs and a hearth pit – which hit the bottom and immediately created a wholly new “outside room” for our entire household to get pleasure from).



We hang around right here and make s’mores no less than as soon as per week (and generally much more than that), so it has been a really welcome addition. Particularly throughout a time when everyone seems to be spending A LOT of time at residence, so one thing novel and new like this bonus hangout zone feels additional particular We even made s’mores for dessert on Thanksgiving and New Yr’s Eve, so it’s shortly turning into fairly the household custom.

Right here it’s even earlier than we bought the fence painted. I’m telling you, the chairs and the match pit hit the bottom, and we had been instantly SO EXCITED to begin utilizing them instantly.


Family sitting around fire pit with unpainted fence


We additionally now contemplate ourselves to be s’extra aficionados, so we are able to inform you all types of enjoyable mashups we’ve tried, like cookies as a substitute of graham crackers, peanut butter cups on high of the Hershey’s chocolate bars – and perhaps our favourite alteration: Andes mints as a substitute of chocolate (I do know that sounds bizarre, however belief me on this).

Right here’s the setup at evening with the fence painted. You realize John has our string lights on a sensible outside plug in order that they routinely come on at nightfall, which attracts us outdoors like moths to a flame.


Nighttime view of fenced side yard with black Adirondack chairs around fire pit


And right here’s the brand new view from our bed room through the day, which is about 780% higher than what it was once (we used to simply look out onto the road). From the very starting, we envisioned creating this personal little patio off of our bed room for having fun with some grownup hangout time after the youngsters went to mattress, which positively occurs, however with the addition of the fireplace pit, we additionally all get to get pleasure from this space collectively – which is even higher.


View of fire pit area through open french doors in bedroom


Keep in mind how I mentioned the view bought about 780% higher? Nicely, that is what that space seemed like with out the fence. Our home is on a nook, and was largely only a area of goals pine needles bordered by the road on two sides. We at all times envisioned fencing on this space due to our neighbor up the road who has the same state of affairs and their fence made allll the distinction.


Side yard are before fence was installed


Right here we are actually, with the fence added and painted (the colour is Halcyon Inexperienced by Sherwin Williams, which modifications colours all day lengthy – therefore showing greener or lighter in a few of these photographs, relying on the cloud cowl, time of day, and so forth).


Side yard with blue-green painted horizontal fence


The hue under might be what it appears to be like like most frequently (it appears bluer than traditional within the photograph above, probably as a result of the solar was behind a bunch of clouds). We had been aiming for a pleasant calming coloration that layers into the greenery outdoors with out feeling too loud and loopy or too boring, and we’re actually pleased with it. Be aware: our good friend’s kitchen cupboards are this identical coloration they usually look wonderful! You’ll be able to see them right here.


Blue-green painted horizontal fence around side yard with long steps leading up to bedroom


As for the small print on the chairs and the fireplace pit, that is the precise hearth pit that we bought. We actually wished a considerable solid-looking one, and discovering a pit that’s a whopping 30″ large with a pleasant clear concrete-looking bowl wasn’t straightforward – particularly at this value level. We’ve used it a ton and up to now we’re actually pleased with it.


Detail of faux stone fire pit with burnt logs in it


You’ll be able to see in that photograph above that the fireplace pit is sitting on a big sq. concrete paver (it’s best to identify the grey nook of it to the precise of the bottom within the photograph above). Right here’s a better shot under:


Detail of stone paver patio underneath fire pit


The fireplace pit directions make it clear that it shouldn’t sit straight on a wooden deck, and advocate setting it on a concrete base, so we slid an enormous concrete paver beneath ours. The white a part of the bowl doesn’t actually warmth up in any respect (the metallic one that truly holds the flaming logs up high does for positive although!) however we’re a fan of following instructions. So we wished to level that out for anybody else who will get one. You don’t simply need to set it down on pine needles or a pile of leaves or previous wooden… aka: kindling.

As for the chairs, these are the precise ones that we purchased. We had been aiming for zero upkeep, so their no-rot fade-resistant development was interesting, and their eco-friendly design is cool too (they’re really created from a mix of plastics which incorporates recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles!).


Painted fenced side yard with black Adirondack chairs around fire pit with potted plants


They’re additionally tremendous comfy (the extraordinarily good evaluations are what tipped the scales for us to decide on these out of 679 choices – they usually’re correct – these chairs are GOOD). Like none of us need to stand up and go to mattress as soon as we sit down. We keep in them for hours, even when the fireplace dies right down to glowing embers and we positively ought to go to mattress.

In order that’s principally the story of how a fence plus some easy outside furnishings created yet one more spot outdoors for us to get pleasure from. And let me inform you, while you deliberately select to have quite a bit much less indoor area… AND you progress someplace hotter within the hopes of spending much more time outdoors… maximizing your outside zones is without doubt one of the finest issues you are able to do! Not solely does it give you extra space to unfold out and revel in past the partitions of your home, nevertheless it attracts you outdoors on a regular basis too.


Trees around fenced side yard with black Adirondack chairs around fire pit


As for the way we get to the fireplace pit space, we are able to entry it from the glass doorways in our bed room, or from the entrance door, since we added this gate that swings open to let individuals in proper right here by our rain chain.


Side gate open next to bedroom stairs allowing access out of fenced side yard


Right here’s the view from that gate as you enter the fireplace pit space. I really like that little ornamental backyard ball subsequent to our huge white planter (we discovered the ball at a neighborhood backyard middle, and have about 1,000,000 of those massive reasonably priced white planters round our home). The backyard ball (right here’s the same one) is nearly precisely the identical coloration as our patina’d rain chain (right here’s the same a kind of) they usually’re each a deeper/brighter model of the fence coloration so it’s actually calming to have these tones layered all through this space.


View through gate fence next to blue-green pot and rain chain


Right here’s a better shot of my beloved glazed backyard ball, only for kicks.


Large potted plant in the corner of side yard fence along with patina green gazing ball


Oh and to orient you a bit extra, right here’s the hanging tent we added for the youngsters (extra on that in this publish) so you may get a greater really feel for this aspect of the home as a complete.


View of side yard and covered side porch with hanging tent swing


And since a video walk-through is principally value 1,000 photographs, right here’s a fast spin across the hearth pit space:

Be aware: It’s also possible to view this video on YouTube, the place you may activate auto-generated closed captions if that’s useful for you.

Okay, now we are able to sleep at evening figuring out that this space that we love has lastly been documented on the weblog. Except we’re at present sitting within the adirondack chairs, during which case we’re drained but in addition very cozy so we’ll preserve laying aside getting up for just a few extra hours.

P.S. You’ll be able to see each single replace that we’ve made to this home over the past 9 months on this spot. From the outside updates to every indoor room, there was a lot of progress.

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