Photo by Ralph Lauer Stone Metal Fire Susan Priske’s backyard escape has evolved purposefully in the 20-some years she has lived in her south Fort Worth home. An organic pool has always been the heart of the space, but patios have spread to accommodate a variety of seating. Recent additions have been dog friendly, including a circuitous flagstone path that allows Andrew, a 3-year-old pit bull, to lope around without creating a mud track. In addition to the pup’s path, Priske asked Fort Worth brothers, landscape designer Inman Novak and custom builder Dan Novak, to create a perquisite just for her: a seating area centered on a fire pit. The vision for the space began with Priske’s desire that a “big rock” be part of the landscape tweak. Inman sent her to Whiz-Q Stone to select a boulder. Asked how she found the perfect one, she says, “I sat on it.” Indeed, the stone forklifted into the backyard and set by the brothers is the sandstone equivalent of a settee. The rock faces a cold-rolled steel King Isosceles fire bowl by New York sculptor John T. Unger that Priske ordered online. To avoid the hassle of a wood pile and any dealings with ashes, Priske filled the pit with glass lava rocks. The Novaks ran a line from a propane tank beneath the flagstones set by Inman to connect the fuel source invisibly to the bottom of the steel bowl. The boulder seating has been joined by comfortable chairs. Priske loves the easy-on and -off flames and likes to settle in fireside to read. But only when she’s not tossing Andrew his ball. — Babs Rodriguez THE DETAILS D&I Landscape and Construction Brothers Dan and Inman Novak specialize in the design and build-out of both indoor and outdoor spaces. 817-723-0814, dilandscape.com
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