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Charlie Albone and Adam Dovile make a fire pit

Do it yourself with our step-by-step instructions.
Backyard firepit with bench seats
After: A cosy outdoor nook for entertaining
Photography Sue Ferris

With winter now in full swing, one of the best ways to keep enjoying the great outdoors is by adding a fire pit to your backyard. This week, Charlie and Adam are showing you how, no matter the size of your yard. They’re creating a cracker outdoor fire pit area, complete with DIY seating and loads of lighting, to keep you entertaining outdoors all year long.

WATCH: Charlie and Adam’s outdoor fire pit

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Download the step-by-step instructions for your fire pit entertaining area

Backyard with path and shed
Before: Bare and boring

This backyard was pretty bare with an under-utilised lawn, a few mature trees and plants, and a stone path to a garden shed. A fire pit was sitting on concrete pavers in the middle of the lawn.

Backyard firepit with bench seats
After: A cosy outdoor nook for entertaining (Credit: Photography Sue Ferris)

Backyard fire pit

Instead of just plonking your fire pit on the grass and calling it done, why not create a landscaped area with the fire pit as the centrepiece? A curved designer bench provides plenty of seating.

Garden shed with bar
(Credit: Photography Sue Ferris)

Backyard bar

Bring the party to your fire pit with a garden shed conversion. Turn the window into a servery complete with pull-down bar. No window? Cut a hole in the wall and install a simple timber frame – it’s easier than you think! 

Garden bed with edging
(Credit: Photography Sue Ferris)

Create garden beds

Use landscaping steel to create straight and curved beds, it develops a decorative rust effect (without corroding or flaking) to give you that weathered effect. Plant a mix of succulents, compact shrubs and mounding native grasses to give your bed texture, movement and depth.  

Fire pit with bench seating
(Credit: Photography Sue Ferris)

Get the project sheet

Download the step-by-step instructions for your fire pit entertaining area

For more craft projects, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine in selected newsagents and supermarkets or buy online today!

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