Pallet Gardening - salvage pallets and cut them into thirds. 2 full pallets were used here. posts screwed to the corners and voila, a beautifully gridded garden bed full of black gold, just waiting for planting. Grid was stapled old venetian blinds.
I like the fireplace and the storage for the firewood. But I live in South Carolina, so I'm thinking of how to adapt the hearth to our climate here. Perhaps a split mini heat pump that we can all sit around as it blasts out cold air?