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Design ideas for a traditional backyard landscaping in Austin with a fire pit. —  Houzz
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bornecd52 wrote:Sep 17, 2012
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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"+.

Key Designs wrote:Mar 11, 2016
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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

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.

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Keeli Blount added this to Fire pit21 hours ago

Love the look but might be too big even when you scale down

K C added this to Outdoor EntertainingAug 1, 2019

Bench. Rock nearby. Place for wood to rest by the fire. Faces vast space of property.

Pierre added this to Linksfield Ridge 25Jul 27, 2019

Can adjust chairs, low impact, rocks

theolsonfamily added this to LandscapeJul 10, 2019

backyard firepit, natural setting

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