How to Build a Fire Pit Patio
On their own, handsome stone pavers expand a home’s entertaining space, but add a fire pit and your yard becomes a destination
A long-lasting patio is a lot like a smooth paint job—it’s all about the prep work. Rush to put pavers down on a faulty base, and it might take only a few seasons for the stones to shift and become a tripping hazard. Walpole, Massachusetts, homeowner Michael Kelleher, along with landscape designer Jennifer Nawada and landscape contractor A. Bonadio & Sons, focused most of the project time for the 18-by-18-foot patio on creating a rock-solid foundation. The fire pit, made from massive salvaged blocks of granite, anchors the patio design and keeps the festivities going after the sun goes down. Follow along as they show you how to construct a bluestone patio around a centerpiece fire pit from excavated base to barbecue-ready.
Bluestone pavers: about $9.25 per square foot.
Salvaged granite blocks: $2,000; Landscape Depot
Watch the video of this patio installation.