The biggest area we had to work with was in the back corner of the yard where the ground slopes. The soil is pretty bad for planting and so we decided to create a fire pit. We loved the idea of having a place to gather and hang out after the sun goes down.
We created a circle that we bordered with large river rock. We laid down a layer of weed barrier and then added a thick layer of pea gravel to the top.
We went back and forth about digging our own fire pit or purchasing a free standing pit. We decided the free standing pit would be easier for us to contain and clean. We added resin adirondack chairs around the circle.
We even hung a few strands of outdoor lights in the trees above.
Since finishing the backyard project we have been enjoying lots of gatherings out in our fire pit!
We even keep our fire pit essential on hand!
It doesn't get dark around these parts until after 9:00 pm so we've had some early fires before Lucy's bedtime and then once she goes to bed, Andy and I have been sneaking back outside at dusk to enjoy a little time together. It's been like a wonderful little getaway in our own backyard!