Today, more and more homeowners are seeking advice on how to build a fire pit and Adirondack chair. While it’s a beautiful, functional backyard addition many folks dream of, some struggle to make it a reality. Common reasons include either approaching the project with too much ambition, or simply becoming frustrated, mid-stream. In this Backyard Life video, Today’s Homeowner host Danny Lipford outlines a simple fire pit and seating build that virtually anyone can complete.
How to Make Adirondack Chairs
Lipford suggests going with classic, Adirondack-style chairs. Beyond their comfort, he says they’re easy to build with the help of online plans, particularly templated versions to guide difficult cuts. Lipford recommends using cedar or pressure-treated pine to better withstand the elements, and coated, galvanized, or stainless steel fasteners to combat rust. Finish the chairs by sanding their edges, then applying sealant to protect your finished pieces. And, the result? Lightweight, easily movable chairs that you can brag to your guests about having built them with your own two hands!
How to Build a Fire Pit
There are also a variety of plans and kits available to help you build a fire pit. But, before breaking out the materials and tools, Lipford notes you’ll need to clean and prep the area you’ll be building in. Start by digging out the grass, leveling the ground and compacting the soil well. He then recommends adding compacted crushed stone to create a strong foundation. Finally, when arranging your blocks, Lipford suggests bonding each new layer to the previous one with construction adhesive to ensure your fire pit’s stable.
Once both projects are complete, you will have created the entertainment space you’ve always dreamed of. Not to mention, more time to sit back, break out the marshmallows, and enjoy the sweat equity that went into making it a reality!