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Besser block outdoor bench and landscaping

sandy_d
Established Contributor
sandy_d
sandy_d
Established Contributor
MitchellMc
MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member

An easy and attractive corner makeover including a bench seat made using Besser blocks and a concrete planter.

 

 

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The project

 

I had an empty space in the backyard that I wanted to convert into a cosy corner. I used 14 Besser blocks, seven for each side.

 

I used liquid nails for cement and attached three blocks on top of each other, only exposing the top holes. I repeated this for the other three blocks.

 

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I did this for the opposite side of my chair, leaving only two blocks for the top. Once I had the correct length I wanted, I glued the middle of the blocks. The last block was also glued to the top so the holes ran in the same direction.

 

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I purchased 100 x 100 sawn Pine posts and sanded and stained. It was as easy as slotting the posts into the blocks. 

 

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I made the back planter by attaching fibre cement sheeting to a frame. This was an idea I got from the Bunnings guide How to make a concrete-look bench.

 

The fence and besser blocks are painted in the colour Monument, and I added some paving slabs and stones. The side gate was made with recycled pallet timber. Now all I need is a fire pit! 

 

Materials

 

I purchased the following from Bunnings:

 

 

 

  • 450 x 450 pavers at $12.49 each.

 

I had already purchased Colorbond Monument paint for our house and I purchased the stones locally. Total cost for the bench, pavers, stones, paint and glue was under $300.

 

Before and after

 

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How to build a Besser block bench seat

 

Inspired by Sandy's creation, experienced Workshop member Rob has shared step-by-step instructions for building your own Besser block bench seat

 

More outdoor inspiration

 

For more creative ideas from the Bunnings Workshop community, check out these popular outdoor and furniture projects.

 

Comments
Prawns
Super Contributor

Looks great mate I would of never thought to use besser blocks for a bench works well :smile: 

Gillgirl
Budding Contributor

Looks fantastic! Really well done 👍 

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

It's fantastic you're both so enthused about this project @Prawns and @Gillgirl.

 

Would something like this suit your place? It would be a great project to complete over the weekend. Sing out if you'd like some assistance replicating it.

 

Mitchell

 

Janet293
Frequent Browser

Absolutely Fantastic, I’ll be doing this once my house is built❤️

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Janet293. We're really pleased you've taken inspiration from this project.

 

Let me mention @sandy_d, so they are alerted to your kind comment.

 

It's a fantastic build that would look the part in so many gardens. Please keep us updated and reach out if you need assistance or get stuck. I'm sure our knowledgeable members would be all too keen to assist.

 

In the meantime, until your house is built, make sure you check out all the other amazing projects contributed by our creative community members. A great place to start would be our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects.

 

Looking forward to seeing what you achieve.

 

Mitchell

 

Gk
Newbie

Hi all, 

I love the transformation of the cozy corner. I am looking to do something similar. Can someone please explain how can I achieve the pebbles and pavers landscape? I have heard that if we use sand as the base and then pebbles then over the time it start to sink after rain. Any recommendations how I can achieve this look without dissatisfaction. Thanks

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Gk. It's great to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about laying pebbles.

 

Ground sinks because it hasn't been compacted properly. Compacting and levelling the soil is always the first place to start. Once a solid base is achieved, you can be assured that any future subsidence will be minimal. You could either lay down sand or preferably road base before compacting. I'd recommend you hire a compactor for a few hours as it will make short work of the job. You could use a Trojan 205mm All Steel Tamper, but that is fairly labour intensive work. I'll include a video below which has some tips for using a compactor.

 

I'd also recommend that you cover the area with weed matting after compacting and before you lay the pebbles. That will prevent any dormant weed seeds from germinating and ruining your new pebbled area.

 

You should find these step-by-step guides useful: How to lay stepping stones and How to lay paving for a path.  

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mitchell

 

 

 

jones4nau
New Contributor

👌Excellent post Sandy_d. We will definitely make this for our back yard. Thankyou!

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Gives us a shout if you need a hand @jones4nau. I trust @sandy_d and our other helpful members will be keen to assist.

 

Mitchell

 

claire
Occasional Browser

I would love to reproduce this in my garden.  Obviously it is Masonry paint on the brick work.  I love the way Sandy has built the low lying (is it limestone) wall behind the garden bench.   Claire 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @claire

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's great to have you join us and thank you for sharing your query about the Besser block bench. 

 

Let me tag @sandy_d to make her aware of your kind comments and question. Looking at the photo, it looks like it is a rendered wall. It's difficult to tell because we can't see the structure from the side. I'm sure sandy_d will be able to shed some light on how that back panel was built. 

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing the start of your Besser block bench.

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

brunettesrule
New Contributor

Hi Sandy

 

Absolutely amazing work and the explanation is easy to follow and CHEAP!   Thank you so much for posting this, LOVE IT !!!!

 

PS.  Gonna steal your idea   (lol)   Merry Christmas.

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

HI @brunettesrule

 

Let me tag @sandy_d to make her aware of your kind comments. I totally agree, this project is definitely achievable. If you have any questions regarding this project, please don't hesitate to post them. Our members would be more than happy to provide you with advice and information. 

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing the start of your Besser block outdoor bench.

 

Eric

 

sandy_d
Established Contributor

@EricL @claire  sorry for the late reply. I built a giant planter that the bench sits behind. It’s a timber frame that has been covered with James Hardie cladding to give it a concrete planter look. This was also purchased from Bunnings. Hope the pictures help a little 😊

 

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 There is a ledge about 3/4 the way up that I sit plants inside and I can also change them around. 

sandy_d
Established Contributor

@brunettesrule  Haha! Steal away that’s exactly what this community page is all about. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and happy building :smile: 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @sandy_d

 

Thank you so much for the extra photos and information about the planter behind your bench. For a moment there, I was convinced it was made out of bricks.

 

Happy Holidays

 

Eric

 

rozzied1
New Contributor

I have a Westerly facing corner which will suit this. Thanks for sharing.

StevieB
Retired Team Member
Retired Team Member

Fantastic @rozzied1. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

 

Let us know if you need a hand with this project.

 

Stevie

 

hazesnow
Established Contributor

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 I’ve made two of them for my front verandah area love them!  Very sturdy too!!

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @hazesnow

 

Thank you so much for posting that update. Your outdoor bench looks fantastic. The dark colour you've chosen really blends in well with your flooring. 

 

Again, thanks for sharing, we look forward to seeing your next project.

 

Eric

 

brendawebster44
Super Contributor

Hello Sandy, I love your imagination and would copy it if I had some where to put it.Then I had the idea that I still could but a smaller version.So Thankyou brenda 

Maggie24
Budding Contributor

I really like this idea - I've been wondering what to do with an "odd" corner that I have.  Now I know what I would like!

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Maggie24

 

It's great that @sandy_d's outdoor bench project has inspired you to make your own. Would it be possible for you to post a picture of the "odd corner"? This will give our members an idea of what it looks like. Our members can then offer you other ideas to enhance the area.

 

Please keep us updated with your progress, we look forward to seeing your version of the Besser block outdoor bench.

 

If you have any questions about this project that we can help you with, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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