Sharing our EASY DIY fire pit area with wood beam benches on a budget for our backyard with pictures. Our DIY fire pit benches & stone patio is the perfect spot to have s’mores.
I am sure most of you are not thinking about roasting marshmallows or outdoor fires at the beginning summer but this past weekend we created a stone patio diy fire pit.
Our family loves outdoor fires & s’mores.
Who doesn’t right?
Thanks to Moose & an unexpected fence purchase our monthly DIY budget was gone in the first week so we are only doing house projects that cost no money for the rest of the month….like our diy fire pit area stone patio!
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Stone Patio DIY Fire Pit Area & Wood Beam Benches
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When we moved into our home almost 2 years ago there was a fire pit but it only consisted of a hole in the middle of the grass at the top of our yard just off our family room.
We soon discovered a flagstone path leading up to the pit covered under weeds.
Unbelievably that wasn’t the only hidden path we found in the yard.
Here is part of the path that was either hidden or completely overgrown.
DIY Fire Pit Square in the Ground
The first fall we moved into our old farmhouse we dug out the diy fire pit area & enlarged it into a large square.
We bought stone blocks from Lowes to make the DIY fire pit & topped it with some blue flagstones that were already in our yard.
DIY Fire Pit Area Before Adding Benches & Stone Patio
How to Add Flagstone to our DIY Fire Pit Area
Since making the diy fire pit I have wanted to add a patio around it so that more people can enjoy sitting around it.
We moved some of the flagstone path we have off the kitchen deck & placed it around the DIY Fire Pit Area.
The path off of our kitchen is very wide in some spots so we took one row of flagstone out in preparation to put in a wood storage rack where some of the stone was.
You can see some of that path here:
Cutting the Flagstone Path for the DIY Fire Pit Area
We first placed the stone around the DIY fire pit & decided on a square patio that we connected to the family room path.
We wanted the flagstone low enough that if I needed to mow over each piece.
Jason then cut the grass around each piece of flagstone, dug up the grass & leveled each stone.
The kids & I wanted to help more with this task but it required more muscles than we could offer, ha!
Moose was instrumental in standing exactly where we needed to dig every time.
I am not sure how we would have figured it out without him…
Flagstone Square Around the DIY Fire Pit Area
Here is our stone patio fire pit right after Jason finished.
DIY Fire Pit Bench Seating Area
The whole time we were working on the patio I found myself wishing we had more seating without having to buy it.
Jason had this brilliant idea to use some oak beams we had gotten from a friend that were sitting in our garage & turn them into benches.
I have no idea what the beams were used for originally but they are very old.
Like they say they don’t make them like they used to!
Definitely couldn’t have moved the beams without Tucker’s help.
Jason cut one of the beams every 6 inches with his chainsaw to raise the benches up to a better sitting height.
He then put 2 of the 6 inch sections under each beam creating 3 benches around the fire pit patio.
We used what was left of the beam Jason cut to make one side table.
I love the benches surrounding the DIY fire pit area.
They make it feel like we created another outdoor room!
It is so great to have enough seating for all six of us plus friends!
To celebrate the finished fire pit stone patio we had some friends over for s’mores.
Did I mention how much our family likes s’mores?
I think we might need to make some more beam side tables to fit the food & drinks on because we wound up using one of the benches for food instead of people but that is a project for another weekend.
Despite the warm weather we are having we have been enjoying this new flagstone fire pit patio & benches to sit.
This picture was taken right before Moose ran away with one of the chocolate bars.
Thankfully we all ran after him & got it back before they were eaten.
It may be Moose’s first & last experience with s’mores…the poor guy was quarantined to the house for the rest of the s’more party.
I hope this inspires you to build your own Stone Patio DIY Fire Pit Area & Wood Beam Bench!
by Tara Lehman
DIY Fire Pit Area with Pea Gravel & Cobblestone Patio Makeover
Because this fire pit area needed wee whacking A LOT we gave our DIY Fire Pit Area a makeover with pea gravel & cobblestones. (see the DIY HERE)