Ok so it's not really alive, but it is complete! Hooray!!!
After only 2 years and 3 months, this pit is finally a sculptured piece of the backyard. It took a lot of sweat, tears, frustration, planning, re-planning, and brute strength (man sand bags are HEAVY!), but I can finally call it quits.
So after all of this time following the stories of the sandpit you must be curious what it actually took to finally build this finished beauty.
- 10 pieces of 1x6"x8' knotty cedar fence boards
- 3 pieces of 2x4"x8' cedar boards
- 6 pieces of 4x4"x8' cedar posts
- 2 x 10" metal spikes
- 4 x metal brackets (to connect the 4x4s together on the ground)
- 1 box of deck screws (I think they were 8x1 and 5/8")
- 10 bags of brick sand (WAY cheaper than play sand and not as dusty/airborne)
- 2 bags of pea gravel
- 3 bags of river rock (1.5"-2" size)
- 3 bags of white decorative rocks
- 6 bags of cedar 'playground' mulch (it is a bit thicker and not as shredded as gardening mulch, meant to take a fall/ impact better for kids)
- 25' of landscaping tarp (give or take, we started with a 20' strip but needed to buy more)
Total cost? I honestly can't remember because I lost all of the receipts! (I gathered supplies from 3 different stores because I'd buy what they had, then move to the next one). I know the materials to fill the pit with the sand, gravel, mulch, and stones in total cost about $200 CDN. Spikes and landscaping tarp I have no clue (thanks grandpa!). The wood was a few hundred dollars worth and I did get the store to cut them all in half (so essentially all of the wood I used was already cut into 4' lengths). I guess close to $800 CND? (plus cost to have that stump removed).
The first question I'll answer is why use cedar? Well I wanted something that was a natural bug and pest deterrent, plus I am still cautious on how safe the new 'safe' pressure treated woods are especially since the kids will be playing in this pit a lot.
The second question I'll answer is why did you use 4x4 fence posts to edge the pit? Well, because cedar railway ties and landscaping ties aren't really readily available in our area (special order apparently) and I didn't want to wait anymore, plus the squared edges really frame it nicely.
The third and final question I'll answer is why did you make it cost so much? Why not dump some stuff just in it and be done with it? Well I do like eye pleasing landscaping and I wanted an edge to actual try to contain the stuff I was dumping into the pit. Besides, now I can pull my muskoka chair over to the sand and close my eyes next summer and pretend I'm on a beach!
So now you must be asking, how did we build it?
Let's start with the flower box that I built myself;
The next thing I did was call grandpa for help. I needed his experience (and his saw). Then we set about spacing and angling the fence posts around the pit (because I didn't really want to cut them again and was okay with it being asymmetrical).
If you want to read the rest of this series;
Sandpit part 1
Sandpit part 2
Sandpit part 3
Sandpit part 4
Sandpit part 5