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A freestanding pergola and outdoor fire pit make this spot an attractive backyard destination. | Photo Richard Felber (Styling by Michelle Lay) | thisoldhouse.com

Pergola over outdoor dining dining table, on top of brick patio. From Elle Decor's "A Hollywood Classic," Eric Hyman's home

You see pergolas/arbors attached to houses which always seems cluttered. I love the idea of having a freestanding pergola/arbor...this one along walkway to front door. This really opens up the possibilities...

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How to Build a Fire Pit

DIY Fire pit

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Love the idea of sand around the fire pit

Privacy for the backyard. Add a pergola separately, but with style to add height. Plant some beautiful vines to cover as much or little as you want for added privacy in your backyard

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Yes! Curved pergola with fire pit. use flagstone instead of brick. Add shrubs and/ vines. Closest to what I envision. Show db