THE SNOW IS FINALLY GONE!!!!!! Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but man am I excited! It was a loooooooooong winter in New Hampshire. The snow literally just melted last weekend and the parking lots in town still have piles that haven’t fully disappeared yet. Once our grass made its appearance, my focus turned to outdoor projects. Number one on my list is a pea stone patio with a fire pit.
Let’s look at the area I have in mind for this project.
This space looks like it has nice grass and would be fine as is, right? Let’s look a little closer, shall we?
This used to be a sand area with a swing set. The swing set was removed before we closed on the house so we had some of the sand dug out and dirt brought in. Over time, the dirt has washed aways in many areas laving us with sand and you can’t grow much in sand. Maybe some cactuses? Nothing says “Welcome” like some cacti in your yard, am I right?
I have been loving the idea of a pea stone patio for a long time. It isn’t fussy, it isn’t difficult and it looks gorgeous. We could also remove it with little trouble if ever we wanted to. Oh, one other thing, it isn’t expensive!
The only thing that has held me back from this project in the past was placement. We normally have fires next to our pool, but that is also the main walking area to our deck from our driveway so we snow blow it in the winter. Snow blowing pea stone equals me digging pea stone out of my flower beds and grass until the following winter! Not good.
We laid out a tentative plan for the footprint with some string and plow markers.
It is a 16’x16′ area and it is right next to our wood shed. How convenient! Anyone wanna help me stack all that wood sitting there? That’s what heat looks like for NH winters.
I may shift it over toward the trees on the right a bit. I want to nestle it into the existing landscape as much as possible.
So what’s the plan, you ask? Here we go.
- Lay down landscape edging and nail it into the ground, avoiding any sprinkler lines. This will be the permanent footprint of the patio. I will need at least 64′ plus extra spikes. $100
- Spray grass killer on what little grass we have to kill. $23
- Construct a fire pit in the center of the patio. $800
- Cover the grass with landscape fabric. $50
- Fill the area with 2″ of pea stone gravel. I would need 86 bags of this or I could buy it by the yard. $342
- Add adirondack chairs (I love these in different colors), tables and maybe some potted plants. $150
- Decorate with tiki torches and whatever other cool stuff I can find.
Now for some inspiration. You can visit my “Outdoors” board on Pinterest by clicking HERE. But I will also share with you my friend, Lisa’s pea stone patio which I absolutely love! She did such an amazing job with it. You can find out all about how she created this gorgeous space, here.
So how do you feel about pea stone? I suppose it all depends on where you live because of the snow factor. But it is a great alternative to paying for stone pavers.
I can’t wait to get moving on this project.