Today we started a new project-building an outdoor fireplace for the Stone Garden Guesthouse of Valle Crucis (http://stonegardenguesthouse.com/). The owner wanted a small outdoor fireplace to enhance a seating area for the guests. First thing we had to do was collect the materials for the masonry core.
Next we excavated for the base and poured a concrete footing.
Then, after we laid out and planned for the size, we built a pad of block and laid the floor of the fireplace.
Our next and final step for the day was to build the walls of the firebox. This is a very precise job with little margin for error, and we had to make sure it was perfect.
Franklin Smith, owner Living Stone Masonry and general stone enthusiast