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Janice & Richard Patterson

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Summer is finally here which means plenty of nights spent enjoying the outdoors. While the days may be warmer than usual, some nights are still a little chilly. If you have been thinking of ways to still be outside while also being warm and cozy, a fire pit could be the right choice for you. Here is the way to make your own backyard fire pit for this summer!


First, make sure building your own fire pit doesn't break your local fire code. Check for suggestions or guidelines on how far the pit needs to be away from your home or other structures for safety purposes. 

Now that you know you can build, it is time to pick up supplies! You may already have some of these items at home, but you can find whatever you don't have at your local hardware store. This is what you'll need:

Bricks for the wall
Tape Measure


The first step you'll make is creating a circle where you want your fire pit. Take your stake and place it in the center of where you want your circle. Next, you'll want to cut your twine to half of the length of your goal size. If you want a pit 5 feet in diameter, make your twine 2.5 feet long. Tie one end of your twine to your stake and the other end to your trowel. Drag the trowel with the twine fully extended around the stake, using the sharp part of the trowel to create a clear circle in the grass.

The second step requires your shovel. You will shovel out all of the grass inside of the circle you have created, and tamp down the dirt remaining in the circle with the bottom of your shovel. Make sure your circle is level, and make adjustments by adding or removing dirt to do so.

Next, you will add several inches of gravel. Make sure you spread the gravel evenly, covering your entire circle.

Now is time to add your bricks. Create a circle with your bricks, leaving a few inches of gravel around the outer rim as a safety buffer. You will want to stack your bricks until the wall of your fire pit is at least a foot tall.

Now you can use your brand new fire pit. If you're still looking for a home where you can build a fire pit, give me a call!

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I had been trying to make contact with a buyer’s agent for a couple of weeks with a lot of no call backs and unimpressive first contacts. A web request for agents got a handful of replies and Janice caught my eye. When we contacted her we saw interest, energy and enthusiasm that was lacking in other agents. We had a focused area of interest for a new home and she understood our need as we waited for the right property to become available. When a potential property because available she presented us with a range of available homes to visit and we selected one that met our needs. Janice remained actively in contact as the new construction proceeded, and acted quickly and effectively when a time constrained closing jeopardized financing. Janice Patterson was a pleasure to work with from start to finish, made us feel someone was fighting for us and left us happy and satisfied home owners.


~ David & Sylvie C

"We received very helpful assistance in the search and purchase process of our new home in Florida.. Ms. Patterson very professionally listened to our wishes and limitations and was well prepared to find and show us homes that met our expectations. We were successful in finding and purchasing our home in one day. I recommend highly her professional and hard-working assistance to others looking to purchase their next home." Gary Johnson


~ Gary Johnson

My husband and I worked with Janice and her son Pat from Patterson Realty when we were looking to buy a rental property. They were fantastic! They are so kind and always willing to go out of their way to help. Janice was always willing to show us any home we might be interested in. She really took her time and we never felt rushed. When we found the one we were searching for, she made the process of putting in an offer and dealing with the paperwork a breeze. I would recommend using Patterson Realty to anyone looking to buy a new home. They are very professional and wonderful to work with!


~ Stephanie Hooper

Patterson Realty provided excellent service in helping us to purchase the perfect home. Janice is a great listener as she found exactly what we were looking for in the home. She is knowledgeable of the area and attentive to details. Thanks Patterson Realty for a job well done! I rate you a 5 out of 5


~ Debra Knerr

Janice was very professional but at the same time personal , she called me daily to keep me informed on the status of the property she was selling for me , I travel a lot so she handled everything perfectly for me , I didn’t do anything but show up and sign the papers , she did the rest , totally awesome , definatley will use her again .


~ Donovan Wilson

I am very pleased with Patterson Realty of Mont Dora Fl. I listed my property in Lady Lake FL with Patterson Realty in May 2018. It was sold and sealed in Jan 2019. I was discouraged when a guy used us in a way that was not very good, but Ms Patterson just tried harder and got the job done. Thank you Ms Patterson for a job well done.


~ Eugene Van Houten

Janice, I just want to Thank you for working with my Dad. As you know he was a very difficult customer. Demanding to see homes at a moment notice and changing his mind continuously. I really appreciate you making yourself available and being very flexible when he changed his mind and backed out of a deal and bought another home in the same hour! You and your son were awesome!!! You made our experience a pleasant one. Thanks again Jo-Ann


~ Jo-Ann

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