Cool stucco seat and fire pit
in Arlington, Virginia
Cool stucco
              seat and fire pit in Arlington, Virginia
The finish coat is white
              portland cement and white sand.
The idea is born from a picture in a magazine.
The finish coat is white portland cement and white sand. I added a little black color to tone the white down a little.
Block is laid for the
              seat.
1 -1/2 inch channel iron cut to length with a
              chop saw
Block is laid for the seat.
I got 1 -1/2 inch channel iron cut to length with a chop saw. Bricks are used to extend the ledge for the seat.
A drainage system was thought about first,
              instead of last.
Weeps are left in the block joints.
A drainage system was thought about first, instead of last.
Weeps are left in the block joints.
Curved back is made with bricks.
This will prevent mortar from dripping into the
              drainage channel.
Curved back is made with bricks. A pot shelf is made with iron and lath.
Plastic is cut to put under the lath. This will prevent mortar from dripping into the drainage channel.
The seat is filled in and
              straightened.
Applying the stucco finish to the
              fire pit.
The seat is filled in and straightened.
Applying the finish to the fire pit.
A view of the armrest
Weep hole.
Even the fire pit had weep holes.
TOP LEFT: A view of the armrest which has plenty of room for food and drinks.
Note how the back is bonded to the stone wall.
An arrow shows the weep hole allowing water
to enter.
ABOVE: Weep hole.
LEFT:
     Even the fire pit had weep holes.
If it wasn't for these weep holes, the
pit would fill with water every time it rains.
The weeps are put in the downhill side.

The pit will have a gas log, and be filled with rocks to near the surface.