What fun is a fire pit? The kids love the marshmallow thing and in winter the adults don't mind mulled wine around it. The problem with our fire pit at our 30 year old beachouse was that it was sort of makeshift, was a constant puddle after rain, the benches wobbled and all in all - it was time. More - do it on a budget! The budget, the budget, the budget .............
The before - not pretty!
The Edge - start with an edge (hardwood) to define the area and make mowing easy - the grass never grew here as it is under a tree.
The Puddle - fill with pebbles - river pebbles were the cheapest and they will be covered with leaves eventually - that's OK.
Pots - lightweight and the cheapest I could find at THE large hardware store. Filled with extra good potting soil enriched with vermiculite, peat and blood and bone.
Plants - hardy succulents relocated from another area
Benches - hand built by Mr. D.I.Y - simple and sturdy
Not quite complete but too inviting to wait for after dark. Yeah! Go the fire pit.