Decorating is endless.
Cooking never ends.
Gardens are always changing.
And best of all shopping goes on and on!

Hence the name,
Open Ended!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

New and Inproved!!

Do you remember several months ago when I 
did a post on fire pits?

Click HERE to refresh your memory.
If your anything like me you will need to click....
{I can't seem to remember anything anymore!}

As much as I disliked the old fire pit I really didn't think that it
would be a project that we would get to this year.

 You see my husband as with most men,
didn't think there was anything wrong with the old one!
{I bet you've all heard that one before! lol!}

Any Who...we decided to extend the concrete on the end of the pool.
We needed more room for chairs because that seems to be 
the place where the sun shines the most.

So out came the fence!

 In came the new concrete.

We went with exposed aggregate.
Because we knew we couldn't match
the color of the existing concrete!

But... low and behold once we did this 
the pool fence was to close to the old fire pit!

So Mike says maybe we need a new fire pit.
 So darn it we had to put in a new fire pit!!!
Soon we met with the landscaper and things started happening!

I wanted the fire pit to stay true to the style of the house.

They tried to talk me out of flagstone.
But I stood my ground. 

I had it in my head that flagstone
would be perfect with the stone on the house
and the rest of the landscape!

Next I wanted  the pit itself to be good sized.
After all we have a lot of family that likes to sit around it!

But no.... they decided it should be smaller!
And because I didn't want to cause more trouble
I caved....

So up goes the very small fire pit.
And then the next day....
down it came!

Advise: Go with your gut and don't give in!

A few days later up goes the much bigger fire pit! know the saying, 
If mama ain't happy....
Well mama's happy now!!

It had just rained when I took this photo!

We broke it in over labor day weekend.
We actually had 21 chairs and family sitting around it Sunday night.
We sang, laughed, played stupid campfire games and 
the kids even ate a boat load of s-mores!

And yes....
we are going to enjoy this fire pit for many years to come!

Many thanks to the crew that put it in.
We love it!