Relax! Enjoy the Patio and Fire Pit
Relax! Enjoy the Patio
and Fire Pit
I have now
owned the Main Street Bed and Breakfast for four years. For those of you that don’t know me, I enjoy
gardening as much as time allows. So,
over the years I have made some minor improvements to the outside
landscape. But, this year I really
wanted to create a pleasant space for my guests to relax and enjoy the
backyard. I started by planting another
ten Arborvitaes along the south border to block the funeral home parking lot
and give more privacy. I just have to
watch that trucks don’t back into them!
In May I
hired Pablo Ginez of Orbis Terrarum to build a brick and stone patio around the
existing cistern. The cistern has been
capped by the city but we were curious to see if it could be filled in so we
took the cap off to look inside. We found
it’s a brick well that probably goes down about 20 to 30 feet! Needless to say, we will not be filling it
in. I just hope the cap holds! I removed all of the grasses that I had
planted around the cistern and gave them to a friend to divide and distribute
to anyone interested. Then Pablo and
Elle started digging out the grass to level out the elevation. He
built the outside frame and wall out of stone then filled in the middle
with old brick that I had to find from several different locations. It took a
couple of tries to figure out the pattern to use since the bricks varied in
size and composition. But I wanted to
keep the look consistent with the 200 year old house.
There were a couple days that delayed the progress due to rain, but it only took about a week to finish the project. After completing the patio Pablo worked on a pathway leading to my storage shed.
I built some Adirondack chairs to use for comfortable seating around the
patio and reused the concrete benches I had around the fire pit before starting
I was in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 and made it back just
in time to sit around the inaugural fire on the new patio.
Since then, guests have been enjoying their morning coffee
out on the patio.