Building a Fire Pit and Seating Area

Here’s a fun, whimsical, but practical outdoor project featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Ilse Ackerman of Los Angeles built an outdoor lounge area with fire pit using books, Internet advice, YouTube and her own thriftiness. Inspired by Mark Frauenfelder’s do-it-yourself book, “Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World,” Ackerman built the project in three months with inexpensive soil-filled sacks called earthbags.  Here’s a step-by-step look at how Ackerman built it.

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