As the weather gets colder, it's time to turn up the heat!
With a waterfront property like the one on Hindmarsh Island, you want to entertain all year round.
But with temperatures dropping into the single digits over winter, the only way you'll be entertaining is by turning up the heat.
Having a heat source outside allows you to extend your entertaining space right into the outdoors - no matter what time of year.
A fire pit is a heating solution that is always on trend. There are many styles to choose from, both modern and more traditional.
Chimeneas have a rustic look and help channel the smoke upwards.
Bowl styles are great to create a campfire effect and the warmth of the wood and flames will soften the look of even the most modern material and design.
Something to consider when placing your fire pit is the orientation of the area around it.
Because of the existing slope at this particular house, I had to create a retaining wall to hold back the soil. What that does is make our fire pit the focal point.
When the fire pit is the focal point, make sure to arrange your seating for the same purpose.
In this case, the seating doubles as a handy storage space for the wood.
If you need even more heat sources, there are overhead options like these electric radiant heaters.
They come in different watt strengths depending on the space you need to heat.
If you're thinking about having an open fire in summer, it's best to check with your local fire service to see if there are any fire bans in place.
Although an open fire looks great, it's best to remember safety first.