Fire Pit Area Pictures From Blog Cabin 2011

The Indoors Out team brings the beach to Blog Cabin 2011, with a casual-chic gathering spot that brightens the backyard well into the night.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Bruce Cole

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

The crew sorted through piles of river rocks to select the pit’s foundation stones. For a “dry” look, boulders were stacked in a ring and gaps filled with smaller stones.

The gathering area is situated within easy distance of the home yet nestled under a mature longleaf pine tree that provides privacy.

A layer of mortar secures the fire pit’s river rocks, quarried locally and purchased from an aggregate supplier in Toano, Va.

The home’s back patio naturally flows into the fire pit area; both spaces share the copper-topped bar and grilling station.

Adirondack-style chairs, crafted from an all-weather, post-consumer recycled plastic, will stand up to harsh coastal conditions with enduring style.

A hard “beach” surface connects the cobblestone-paved patio to the sandy fire pit area. The short walkway is paved with a silica sand and epoxy mixture, which hardens to a smooth, porous finish.

A beverage wagon with galvanized iron drink bucket accommodates outdoor parties and ports easily from patio to fire pit.

As twilight turns to night the fire pit serves as both nighttime lighting for the backyard area and a natural form of pest control.

“That’s the ultimate outdoor area,” says show host Matt Blashaw of the handcrafted fire ring. “You can cook hot dogs and s’mores. You have everything you need in that one little spot.”