Outdoor Fire Pit and Patio

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping

Above are some 3D renderings that I made while planning this project. I used these to discuss the project with a landscaper. (Side Note: projects like this can be done as a DIY, however, they are quite complex and better suited for a professional.) The renderings really helped him understanding of what we were looking to do and also allowed him to develop a preliminary budget. From these renderings he and I were able to choose materials and fine tune the design and details.

DIY or Professional Landscaper?

For a project like this you’ll need to decide whether to go the DIY route and save some money or hire a professional and sit back and watch the magic happen. Building a significant patio and fire pit is hard work and requires a level of knowledge with respect to setting grades. It’s certainly possible but be prepared for a significant effort!

JCB Designscapes

For our project we hired a local landscaper. Jim Andersen from JCB Designscapes was incredibly helpful and turned my concepts into reality. He and his crew did an exceptional job and never got tripped up by the complexity and challenges that I kept throwing at them. I can’t stress enough how important it is to spend some time getting references ahead of time for qualified contractors so you have a good experience like we did.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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