The other week I was looking through some magazines and saw lots of different designs for firepits, as every trendy house has one in their backyard at the moment!!
Most of the ones I saw were designer ones and would have cost some money to create. So I set about making my own (for free!) in a corner of the garden. I chose a section of an already paved area to put the firepit. I am very lucky that it was all already paved with rocks, I know!
Then I basically just put some rocks into a circle, and I added some flat ones on the top. Funnily enough, I’m starting to find some curved rocks which are all gradually going onto the top of the firepit to form a neat circle. I used a large flat rock at one end of the firepit (it’s larger than the rest and sticks out from the circle) – it is very handy for putting things on when you’re using the firepit (eg, plates, tongs etc). Then I did a bit of a cleanup around the garden (the firepit is a good dumping ground actually) and put all the sticks in there.
I then selected four wood stumps from the woodpile. I cut up some old planks that I’d saved up ages ago for some sort of project, and made the benches. The planks are just simply placed on top of the stumps. They’re not attached at all. I've seen lots of these styles of seating around before - they look great!
I then felt that the design needed ‘balancing’ so I added a decorative woodpile to one side of it.
I’m very lucky to have access to all of these things, but you never know what you’ll find in your own backyard and garden!
This project was great fun and it works really well. Now I just need the weather to clear up so we can get out there again!