Fireplaces / October 15, 2018 / Aitana Hsu.
/The backyard has indeed become an extension of the home. More and more people are incorporating it into their entertainment space. Why not start with learning to build a Mexican rock fireplace.
Start by deciding what style of rock fireplace best suits your décor. Are you looking for formal, ranch, contemporary, casual, or perhaps Spanish? A higher fireplace looks better with a formal style while a more casual style looks better lower.
This informal style is a great choice, and it’s perfect if you are planning to do some entertaining. The lower height means the children can enjoy it too. Why not let them have some fun roasting marshmallows or roasting hot dogs?
Installation of rock fireplace would cost around $2000, after all, it’s a somewhat tricky install. However, if you are at all a handyman, you might consider installing it yourself. So let’s get started.
1. Lay The Foundation
Start with excavating the foot. You can use a length of mason line which is attached to a stake in the cent of the circular site of the fireplace to draw the three rings. Mark with spray paint. The first ring will mark the inside wall of your fireplace; the second marks the outside of the wall, and the third marks the boundary of the private flagstone.
Dig It Out - Now it’s time to dig out the one-foot space between the two circles to about a 6-inch depth. It will create a sunken area for your concrete footings.
Re-bar - Fit the area you dug out with #4 re-bar which has bent into two rings. Hold them together with wire that has twisted tightly. Once you’ve secured them you need to lay them in the area, you dug out. A is going to reinforce the footings.
Fill Er Up - Now it’s time to fill the hole with concrete. Smooth with the trowel so that the surface is flat.
Build The Walls - It’s time to begin building your rock wall. You’ll start with the inner wall and work outward. The cost will depend on where you get your rocks and what type of stones you use. Your stones will need to be fitted snuggly using your concrete mix to hold and support each one. Make sure the top of the rocks are perfectly level so that your grill sits nice and steady.
Do The Grill - Now it’s time to place the grill panel in place. Make sure that the grill is sitting level.
Fireplace Wall - Now it’s time to start laying the fireplace wall around the grill panel. The mortar needs to an applied on the outer edge of the rocks. After the mortar a cured, you can add your flagstone veneer.
Liquid Bonding - Before you add the veneer, you need to space appropriately between the rock wall and the outer ring. Now it is time to add your liquid bonding adhesive which is a concrete mix.
Planting Time - Now it’s time to start planting those beautiful exotic plants and herbs. Terracotta pots work great. Surround the fireplace with these great containers to add a lovely warmth to the area.
Patio - All that’s left is to find the perfect patio table and chairs and add it. Use colors that compliment the mortar and rock colors. Situate it close enough to be able to enjoy the warmth of the fire.
That’s it. Well, of course, that’s the “in a nutshell” version. However, if you are handy enough to attempt this project, you’ll quickly be filling in the blanks.
Your Mexican rock fireplace is going to look spectacular in your backyard, and what a great time you and your friends and family will have. Moreover, that’s what it’s all about – great food, great drink, and great friends. Enjoy!