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Design ideas for a traditional backyard landscaping in Austin with a fire pit.

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Fire Pit Mark McKnight Photography

Design ideas for a traditional backyard landscaping in Austin with a fire pit. —  Houzz

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bornecd52 wrote:Sep 17, 2012
What type of stone is best for the "cap" stone around fire pit?

- Wanted to use flagstone, but was told that was not a good choice?

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    Rick O'Donnell Architect
    It is smooth saw cut native Texas limestone, probably 2-1/2" to 3" thick with chopped rough edges.
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    Rick O'Donnell Architect

    The Buechel Stone comments above are all good ones to consider and all applicable in the design decision process.

    This particular cap was done in a flagstone product (which I consider to be a thin cut veneer stone). This works OK as long as it has a good backing (CMU, concrete, etc.). I'm not really a fan of it visually as a capstone only because I think it is too thin if it is projected over the side of the pit. I like a thicker capstone visually. I think a flagstone capstone works better if it is laid flush with the outside wall of the pit. A thicker capstone looks better to me when projected beyond the side 1/2"+.

Mai wrote:Apr 29, 2013
danieltp wrote:Feb 10, 2014
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    Rick O'Donnell Architect
    I don't recall but you can contact the landscape architects, David Bost and Beebe Gray Pickens of The Bost Group in Round, Rock, Texas (512) 924-2955. Very talented architects.
Key Designs wrote:Mar 11, 2016
What is the height of the fire pit?

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    Rick O'Donnell Architect

    The pit was designed by Bebee Gray and David Bost of Bost Landscapes in Round Rock. I don't think he is still in business. The adjacent chair seat height are probably 16" +/- in height so it appears that the pit height is about the same. Hope that helpsl

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