This DIY Backyard Pergola Is the Ultimate Summer Hangout Spot

This one-of-a-kind set-up features a fire pit, swings, and a built-in bar.

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With the arrival of summer comes warm nights spent outdoors making s'mores, afternoons spent with a glass of rosé and old friends, and plenty of outdoor parties, all of which would benefit from an incredible backyard space. Which brings us to this amazing DIY pergola and fire pit setup. Created by Lauren Ashworth of Little White House Blog, and featured on Remodelaholic, this structure is the grown-up backyard playset of your dreams. It seriously has it all—a fire pit, a movie screen, Adirondack chairs, six (!) porch swings, a built-in bar, and a pergola.

"It is truly an outdoor oasis and an area we created for the sole purpose of bringing our family and friends together," Lauren wrote on Remodelaholic. "It's a conversation piece around our small town and we love making s'mores, star-gazing, and relaxing here at the end of the day."

Lauren and her husband Brett built this entire project from scratch for just $2,300 over the course of two weeks. Upon close inspection, you'll see that Lauren and Brett thought of everything when putting this outdoor oasis together: Guests can sip on drinks and munch on snacks at the built-in bar, firewood can be stocked in the storage area, and film buffs can screen their favorite movies on a sheet hung over the rectangular frame. Outdoor lights add the finishing touch.

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You could make one even more spectacular (if that's possible!) by installing a cement or stone foundation, adding a covering to create shade for hot summer days, or including a stock tank cooler for drinks and treats. This beauty will be ready to host your festivities all summer long.

See the rest of the project on Little White House Blog, and get the building plans at Remodelaholic.

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Jessica Leigh Mattern

Jessica Leigh Mattern is a web editor and writer who covers home, holiday, DIY, crafts, travel, and more lifestyle topics. Prior to working for Country Living, she wrote for several lifestyle and women’s magazines including Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook