DIY Fire Pit For Your Backyard

DIY FIRE PIT FOR YOUR BACKYARD

 

DIY FIRE PIT FOR YOUR BACKYARD

Summer is finally here which means plenty of nights spent enjoying the outdoors. While the days may be warmer than usual, some nights are still a little chilly. If you have been thinking of ways to still be outside while also being warm and cozy, a fire pit could be the right choice for you. Here is the way to make your own backyard fire pit for this summer!

PREPARE

First, make sure building your own fire pit doesn’t break your local fire code. Check for suggestions or guidelines on how far the pit needs to be away from your home or other structures for safety purposes.
Now that you know you can build, it is time to pick up supplies! You may already have some of these items at home, but you can find whatever you don’t have at your local hardware store. This is what you’ll need:

Bricks for the wall
Gravel
Twine
Tape Measure
Stake
Shovel
Trowel
Level

BUILD

The first step you’ll make is creating a circle where you want your fire pit. Take your stake and place it in the center of where you want your circle. Next, you’ll want to cut your twine to half of the length of your goal size. If you want a pit 5 feet in diameter, make your twine 2.5 feet long. Tie one end of your twine to your stake and the other end to your trowel. Drag the trowel with the twine fully extended around the stake, using the sharp part of the trowel to create a clear circle in the grass.

The second step requires your shovel. You will shovel out all of the grass inside of the circle you have created, and tamp down the dirt remaining in the circle with the bottom of your shovel. Make sure your circle is level, and make adjustments by adding or removing dirt to do so.

Next, you will add several inches of gravel. Make sure you spread the gravel evenly, covering your entire circle.
Now is time to add your bricks. Create a circle with your bricks, leaving a few inches of gravel around the outer rim as a safety buffer. You will want to stack your bricks until the wall of your fire pit is at least a foot tall.

ENJOY

Now you can use your brand new fire pit. If you’re still looking for a home where you can build a fire pit, give me a call!

Posted on June 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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Lipoma Firs Puyallup


This lovely, well-kept home in the Puyallup community of Lipoma Firs, features easy entertainment with an open floor plan that flows nicely into your fully fenced back yard. Gorgeous flooring, stainless steel appliances, and the charming fireplace will catch your eye. Upstairs, you will find the oversized master bedroom complete with en suite bath and walk-in closet. Don’t forget the immaculate view of Mt. Rainier while turning down the road to your new home. Take a peek at the video tour!

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 bathrooms
  • 1,524 square feet
  • 2-car attached garage
  • Offered for $324,500

The seller mentioned that they enjoyed the nearby parks like Clark Park, where their kids and dog could play, plus there’s a beautiful two mile hiking trail with gorgeous scenery. They also loved being close to shopping, entertainment and restaurants; their personal favorite is the Flying Tomato Bar and Grill – here you’ll find a wide variety of items on the menu, like crab stuffed mushrooms, pizzas with ample toppings, a three pasta bowl for those who can’t decide, buffalo chicken salad, wings plus a variety of drinks, and giant projector screen to enjoy your favorite sports games being played!

9 miles away is Clark Creek Parka city park edged by a creek, with playgrounds, tennis courts, a softball field, a dog park, picnic shelters (can be rented), benches and a restroom. There’s also a 5.5 mile long loop that links six Puyallup parks together with a soft-surface hiking trail.  

8 minutes to Sunrise Village a newer, open-air center that offers shopping, dining, beauty and a fitness center in Puyallup’s South Hill. Here you’ll find MOD Pizza, Trapper’s Sushi, Black Bear Diner, RAM Restaurant and Brewery, Menchie’s, Target, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, Famous Footwear, Party City, LA Fitness and so much more!

You can find popular retail chain Kohl’s less than 2 miles away. Get clothing, shoes, bedding, kitchen items, toys and more!

If you require more than what’s offered close by, there are plenty of other dining and shops offered on Meridian Rd and the South Hill Mall is just another 16 minute drive where they have – a Regal Cinemas, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW, and hundreds of other stores.

There are 2 grocery stores within a 6 minute radius to choose from. Get great prices on groceries and bulk foods at Winco, less than 2 miles away. Save in bulk on herbs, all your baking needs (perfect for the holidays!), beans, dried pasta, nuts, trail mix, granola and dried fruits that you can’t normally find in other grocery stores like dried kiwi. They also have incredibly large selection of bulk candy too, which is perfect for parties. Fred Meyer is across the road for home decor, pharmacy and more.

Get ready for the Summer Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds, or as we like to say, “Do the Puyallup!” The Washington State Fair runs from August 30th – September 22nd – The 2019 concert and comedy line up is already in full swing with Billy Idol, Keith Urban, Weezer, The Beach Boys, Eli Young Band, Boyz II Men & 98 Degrees, Ciara, Hall & Oates, Foreigner, comedians, bull riding and more. The Rodeo is also a huge hit for fair goers. Don’t miss out on all things fair like the rides, free music and shows, all the show animals, arts and culture, the 700 shopping vendors and all the fair food you can eat. It’s customary for patrons to take a bag of Fair Scones home – just 8 miles away.

Call or text Kaitlyn Marty at 253-678-2449 for more info on this listing or a private showing.

 

Posted on June 13, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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REminute- Things to Consider When Buying an Older Home

Especially when purchasing an older home, there are two things that you are going to want to make sure you don’t skip!

I love the charm of a well-maintained, vintage craftsman – Large covered front porches, built-ins, & stained glass. However, not all homes are as well preserved where it really counts; behind the scenes.

Pluming and electrical problems could cost thousands. A cluttered, damp crawlspace can attract vermin and mold. What are all these water stains in the attic from??

Having a licensed professional take a thorough look at the ins and outs of a property before you make that commitment could really be a lifesaver.

An inspector will travel into the depths of a house and give you the 411. If there is something baffling or concerning, an inspector will let you know exactly which type of expert you should contact next to really delve into the potential issue.

A general inspector does not perform a sewer scope, however. This is where the second critical tip comes into play- Make sure to have a licensed video pipeline inspection company run a camera through the main sewer line of the home. You will be able to see the condition of that line, which could cost thousands if not properly maintained.

Basically, don’t skimp on those inspections! Even when no concerns arise, a few hundred dollars is worth that piece of mind.

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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REMinute- What are Your Home Priorities?

Click here for the printable Home Priority Game Board ——–> Housing Priority Game

When you’re looking for a new home, sometimes your desires can get in the way of reality. I know we all have that huge (and often unrealistic) list of what we WANT in a house, but don’t always have the means for it.

My perfect dream home has an ocean front view with a slide (Yes, a slide!) from my huge master suite that leads down to my immaculate kitchen with heated floors and indoor garden- But we can’t always get what we want (Cue the music).

In today’s clip, Aaron and I play the ‘Home Priority Game’. This game allows home buyers to truly narrow down their WANTS and their NEEDS in a new home. It gets you really thinking about what is going to be most important to you and your family, when it comes down to it.

Print out the game-board we’ve provided for you and play it on your own. Then make sure to let us know where your priorities lie, and maybe what you were being unrealistic about!

 

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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