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Outdoor Room Design Trends

March 30th, 2017

There is a multitude of ways to style different outdoor spaces, patios, decks, or outdoor kitchens that fit many lifestyles, but when it comes to designing any space, it’s always good to know the current trends. This year, outdoor and landscape trends reflect the desire to bring the indoors outside. The latest outdoor room trends are using interior design features and amenities to create comfortable outdoor living spaces that are functional and beautiful. Some of the most popular outdoor styles are mirroring the minimal modern, industrial, and farmhouse interior design trends. Take a look at how some of our fire pit tables reflect these newfound outdoor design trends.

 

Minimal Modern

Minimal modern interior designs are spacious but with minimal furniture, accessories, and detail. This is very contemporary style that focuses on elements such as shape and texture. The most popular materials are chrome metal, concrete, and walnut or white oak wood, and designs often use repetition and as few materials as possible. Minimal modern is simplified, rectified, and often uses square shapes, refined lines, and clean edges. Our Cove fire pit table uses a minimal modern design as it is simple and clean design, has honest detail, and uses a natural gray supercast concrete material. Adopting a minimal modern design in an outdoor space through furniture or fire tables like the Cove will give it the calm, simple, and beautiful atmosphere that is desired so much today.

 

Industrial

Industrial interior designs are a growing trend that gives a raw and unfinished look to thoughtfully designed spaces. This design showcases structural elements, neutral tones, and exposed metal and wood surfaces. It creates a balance by combining clean lines, raw materials, and soft features. In an outdoor space, an industrial design can bring the edgy and contemporary look by merging earthy and polished tones. Our Cedar Ridge fire pit table achieves this look by combining two contrasting surfaces: a dark mocha base with a gray washed cedar supercast top. The two refined, contrasting tones with the earthy flame create a wonderful balance that brings the industrial design to the outdoors.

 

Farmhouse

The farmhouse interior design brings family gathering and rustic functional vibes together and reflects, warmth, simplicity, and savviness. One of the biggest design elements is wood and contrast. A farmhouse design’s signature look is painted, raw, or oak wood that is distressed or in contrast with another material or accessory. Our Vintage 2424 square fire pit table uses a farmhouse design as it combines a colorful faux-wood tile top with a distressed wood slatted base. The Vintage fire table brings the feeling of family and warmth in simple, sophisticated, and casual way.

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 23rd, 2017

It is OGC’s favorite time of year again –Spring! While we do enjoy cozying up by a fireplace in the winter, we tend to look forward to warmer months and spending our time in the great outdoors. Now that spring is here, we are starting to check off our spring cleaning list! In order to enjoy our fire pit tables and outdoor kitchens, spring maintenance is a must. Whether your outdoor room has gas fire pit table, outdoor furniture, pergola, or an outdoor kitchen island, our spring cleaning check list will get you right on your way to enjoying your outdoor space.

Gas Fire Pit Table Maintenance

We love our gas fire tables as it is the heart of every out door space that provides a warm place to gather with family and friends. The glowing fire is a place of comfort and relaxation that we love to spend time by. Here is our maintenance check list:

  • Clean all loose debris from glass beads and burner
  • Clean all port holes in the burner, making sure no obstructions, i.e. twigs or cobwebs
  • Check all fittings and make sure re-tightened
  • Check all gas lines for any obstructions, i.e. spider cobwebs
  • Make sure any rubber gas lines have not cracked 0r been chewed by animals
  • Check and replace batteries if needed
  • Make sure valve turns freely
  • Remove any loose debris from base of gas fire pit table
  • Confirm gas tank has fuel or if it uses natural gas, the main line is turned on

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

Every backyard needs furniture! It is the most functional and necessary element to every outdoor living space. We cannot wait to relax on our comfy furniture in the coming warm weather. Here are our tips on how to prepare:

  • Brush off any loose dirt from frame & outdoor furniture cushions
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of warm water (for spot cleaning of cushions, put into spray bottle)
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean frame & outdoor furniture cushions
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric
  • Rinse thoroughly & let furniture air dry

 

Pergola Maintenance

Our Pergolas are of course one of our favorites! In every space a pergola lives, it creates a wonderful ambiance and atmosphere that we love to be a part of. It is a cozy space that we can’t wait to live in! Our maintenance checklist includes:

  • Clear all loose debris from pergola and surrounding area
  • Clean with water (use low pressure power washer if necessary)
  • Wood pergolas may need to be re-stained or resealed every 1-3 years depending on climate

Outdoor Kitchen Island Maintenance

An outdoor kitchen island is a great way to spend time outdoors with family and friends in a space that is completely customizable to any lifestyle. To prepare for your outdoor kitchen for this spring/summer season, here are some necessities:

  • Clean all loose debris from in and around outdoor kitchen island
  • If there is a fire pit burner built-in, follow Gas Fire Pit Maintenance directions above
  • If refrigerator or other accessories were removed for winter, clean and place back into island
  • If grill is installed, clean as usual and make sure it is working properly
  • Check all fittings and make sure re-tightened
  • Make sure any gas or electrical lines have not been damaged
  • Clean with water and mild soap cleaning solution

 

Pergola Rebate

March 16th, 2017

 

When deciding how to design your outdoor space, a pergola is an important piece to think about because it can redefine your deck or patio and change the overall atmosphere. They are an attractive focal point and can bring everything in your backyard together. Pergolas can be the foundation of your outdoor living room and create the look you dream of.

Currently, we have a pergola rebate of $250 off your purchase. A pergola can take any space to the next level, and now would be the perfect time to make the upgrade with our current rebate and with spring around the corner. You can refine your outdoor space with one of our timeless pergolas. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers both wood and fiberglass pergolas that are very durable and weather and age resistant. Check out our Tuscany, Lodge, and Sonoma collection pergolas that would look amazing in your space and create the ambiance that allows all your time spent outside to be time well spent.

 

Now offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase!

For more information, check out our sale here or download the $250 rebate form.

 

Investing Your Tax Refund

March 9th, 2017

Now that 2016 has come to a close, tax refund season is here. This couldn’t come at a better time with spring right around the corner. Many are likely to save or invest their tax refunds. Both are smart decisions, but we believe that investing in your home can not only increase the value of your home, but also increase the level of enjoyment you get from your home.

Home improvements are a great way to invest money because it increases your property value and enhances your lifestyle. Often, homeowners who invest in a large-scale remodel, may only receive a portion of what they put into it. For many, it is still worth the lifestyle upgrade, but those who are looking to spend a fraction of the cost, upgrading your outdoor space might be the best option for you.

An enjoyable way to invest in home improvements is by upgrading your outdoor environment. It costs much less to for some outdoor additions like new furniture, a deck, or an outdoor kitchen, than it does to remodel a house. A beautiful outdoor living space is extremely important to the value of a home with a consistently high return on investment. However, selling your home might not quite be on your mind, quite yet maybe spring is, like us! Having a beautiful outdoor space is a lifestyle upgrade that is beneficial for you now and later! With our busy lives, there is no better way to relax at the end of the day than a retreat right outside your door. Investing your tax refund on a stylish fire table, a beautiful pergola, or an outdoor kitchen for hosting can be a wise decision for future return on investment and of course an enjoyable 2017.

Invest your refund with The Outdoor GreatRoom Company and get inspired through our photo gallery.

 

OGC Wins Top Industry Award

March 6th, 2017

On Friday, March 3, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company won the Vesta Award for the Boreal Complete Heat system in the Outdoor Hearth Products Category. Lead engineer for the product, Connor Burmeister, accepted the award in Atlanta, GA on behalf of the team behind the product.

The Boreal Complete Heat is not only a striking fire pit, but also provides total warmth from top to bottom keeping both your hands and feet cozy. The Boreal Complete Heat features a stunning flame, which creates radiant heat to warm the body. A portion of this heat is captured and is then directed out from the bottom of the base through hidden ventilation to warm the feet. The complete warmth felt from the Boreal Complete Heat only increases the enjoyment and practicality of this outdoor decorative gas-heating appliance.

For the design we took inspiration from the Aurora Borealis, with waves of brilliant and beautifully colored flames and lights displayed across the burner and base similar to those across the northern skies. In colder climates, though the outdoor season is shorter, that only means the time spent outside is enjoyed even more. No matter where you live, extending your outdoor season is made much easier with a source of heat on those cooler days and nights.

The first of it’s kind in the outdoor industry, this innovative fire pit can be run on either LP or natural gas and can be either set up on an automatic ignition system (100,000 BTU/hr.) or match lit/piezo ignition (65,000 BTU/hr.). The base is finished in a durable stucco and the burner and heat exchanger tubes are 304 stainless steel with a painted matte black finish. The heat output from the bottom of the base has a high and low setting and runs 15-20K BTU/hr. on automatic ignition and 8-12.5K BTU/hr. on match lit or piezo ignition. The LED lighting is an optional accessory to give the ambiance similar to the northern lights.

New Products: Form Meets Function in Two New Fire Tables

March 2nd, 2017

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is pleased to announce the release of two new products to the fire table line. The first is the innovative Boreal Complete Heat and the second is the on-trend Westport Pub Fire Table.

The Boreal Complete Heat is not only a striking fire pit, but also provides total warmth from top to bottom keeping both your hands and feet cozy. The Boreal Complete Heat features a stunning flame, which creates radiant heat to warm the body. A portion of this heat is captured and is then directed out from the bottom of the base through hidden ventilation. Inspiration was taken from the Aurora Borealis, with waves of brilliant and beautifully colored flames and optional LED lights displayed across the burner and base. The tabletop is made from Supercast™ concrete and the base is finished in a durable stucco.

The Westport Pub Fire Table features two stunning burner options inside a durable wood-look tile top and distressed, rustic wood table base. Choose between a UL listed gas burner or the innovative spinning flame of the Intrigue Table Top Fire Feature (also UL listed.) The Westport is the perfect fire table for outdoor entertainers.

Find both products on display at the HPBExpo, March 2-4, in Atlanta, GA, at booth #2323.

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY
The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ manufactures innovative, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, outdoor patio furniture, custom, and commercial products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

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Visit OGC at HPBExpo!

February 23rd, 2017
Visit OGC at HPBExpo next week!
March 2-4 in Atlanta, GA

Booth #2323

  • Showing innovative new products 
  • Participate in our Spring Dealer Dating program and get discounted pricing!
  • Enroll in our Premier Dealer Rewards program!

Plan your outdoor room in 10 easy steps

February 16th, 2017

Even though it’s only February, spring will come sooner than you think. Be prepared for outdoor living by prepping ahead of time. Here are 10 steps to successfully plan your outdoor room for spring.

1. Determine the purpose of the room.
Step one in the design process is to create a list of needs and wants, then prioritize. How will it be used most? Maybe as an outdoor kitchen, a cozy nook for two, an al fresco dining room, a gathering place for friends and family, a quiet place to read and write, an entertainment center or outdoor theater, gardening, swimming, lawn games, or a space for kids.
Tip – Make use of free online resources that help gather and organize ideas like Pinterest and Houzz!

2. See it as a room.
Don’t set limits while envisioning a room without walls – consider any option and think big. Some people have difficulty seeing how a room without walls can be decorated, but as soon as they picture a pergola or outdoor structure, it’s easier to define the space. This may include simple pillars for stringing lights or hanging ivy on full-size structures to create privacy walls.

3. Create a Landscape Plan
Make efficient use of space and time by working with a professional designer or landscape architect who will analyze the site, provide solutions and develop a scaled plan that includes all of the desired elements. Besides offering valuable building and layout ideas, a professional will be able to provide a rough estimate on project costs. If you’re looking to DIY the landscaping, find inspiration from Pinterest or Houzz!

cove concrete fire bowl gas fire pit

4. Prepare a Timeline and Stick to the Budget.
Be sure that a savings plan and budget are in place to cover the cost for new items, renovations, and professional services. Determine which parts of the project can be done in phases to meet budgeting needs. With a structured plan, it is much easier to work in phases and not end up with a  mismatched or unfinished looking final result. Begin with the essentials and then move forward with intent towards completion of the project as a whole. Take Inventory- there may be salvageable items for use which are currently available in a garage or storage space. What needs to be replaced or refurbished? Consider each component for the outdoor space in this inventory: outdoor structures (pergolas, shades, gazebos, patios/decks), grills (gas, electric, charcoal, pellet), outdoor kitchens and outdoor entertainment areas (outdoor televisions, lawn games, sinks, refrigerators, side buers, kegerators, spas, etc), lighting and heating, campfires/fire pits (prefab surrounds, built in, custom finishing options), fireplaces (gas, wood, gel fueled), landscaping (plants, water features, pathways), hardscaping (pavers, pizza ovens), etc.

6. Do Your Homework. 
As a rule, cities have adapted from the Uniform building Code, which was written to enhance public safety and protect property owners from unsafe construction. Local codes take precedence, so it’s important to check with planning and zoning boards. For some landscape projects and outdoor rooms, a city permit may be needed. Also consider any foundation work such as laying pavement, staining, landscaping, gas lines, or installation that may need to be done by contract workers. Be sure you know the lay of the land – some items that require installation may need a flat area. Also consider the climate, the direction of the sun, shading, noise and privacy factors.

7. Save Time and Money. 
Find local talent to help with set up, assembly and manual labor – especially the heavy lifting. Contact local dealers, retail locations, and ask around to get recommendations for experienced, reliable worker. It may take time up front, but will save you time and effort in the long run. Another idea to consider is DIY options (Do it yourself). Everyone wants to save a buck, and while working on various phases, there may be elements homeowners wants to manage by themselves. Buying a pre-finished Fire Pit or Pergola Kit can help you save time and money vs. building your own. This means more money to spend on plants, furnishings and accessories.  Example: finishing of custom surfaces on pre-fab unfinished islands or fire pit surrounds.

 

8. Entertainment Outdoors.
Outdoor kitchens are the heart of the home indoor and they are becoming an equally essential element outside of the home. Grilling islands now offer everything from storage space to refrigeration, sinks, even outdoor TV’s. Remember to check restrictions or codes related to use of open flames or any requirements for natural gas lines.

 

9. Light up the Night, Turn on the Heat and Pull up a Chair.
People are naturally attracted to flame. Think of fire either as an anchor or centerpiece for the room. Setting a fire pit in the middle of the space creates a cozy focal point, while a fireplace just outside the perimeter brings natural warmth to the whole room and allows for maximum square  footage for decorating. Fire pits, fireplaces, solar lights, or hanging lights add ambience, warmth, and an outdoorsy glow to the whole yard. Outdoor furniture is generally a high priority. By committing to purchase products with high quality and design, they will withstand the outdoor  elements far longer than similar looking, less expensive options.

10. Pay Attention to Design and Detail.
Strategically placed plants and accessories add the finishing touches to an outdoor room. Now it’s all about aesthetics: hanging plants, outdoor rugs, art, lawn games, potted plants, candles, etc. Pull in colors and textures from the home architecture to create a seamless transition from indoors to out. Like the multi-car garage, the outdoor room is not a passing fad. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable home investment, an upgrade that can be added at a fraction of the cost of indoor construction, in a fraction of the time. By knowing the right steps to take, it’s possible to turn an outdoor space that’s been a dream and turn it into a reality.

Valentine’s Date Ideas

February 9th, 2017

It’s that time of year when hearts and boxes of chocolates take over grocery and department stores. Still have no idea what to do with your loved one this Valentine’s Day? One of the best parts about owning a fire pit, fire table, or fireplace are the memories created while gathered around it. Sip some wine, eat some chocolates, and have a cozy date around the fire! Click through the gallery below to get some ideas!

What We Love About Electric Fireplaces

January 19th, 2017

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s making all of us here at The Outdoor GreatRoom Company a little bit more romantic than usual. When we think about the products we L-O-V-E, our Gallery Collection Electric Fireplaces are at the top of the list!

Valentines Day Electric Wall Mount Modern Linear Fireplace

Here are the top 6 reasons we LOVE our Electric Fireplaces:

  1. We offer 5 different styles to fit any room of the home: Two Electric Fireplace Inserts, Wall Mount Linear Electric Fireplace, Built-In Linear Fireplace, and a more traditional Built-In Electric Fireplace style
  2. Most of our models install in minutes, not hours or days like gas– saving time and money (perfect for a last minute gift for Valentine’s day!)
  3. Cool to the touch when flame and heat are on, therefore safe for children and pets. CSA certified for safety.
  4. Control your flame intensity, ember bed lighting, and backlighting (AKA Mood lighting- wink wink)
  5. Built-in heater operates on high & low settings and no heat when it is not wanted or needed– great for everyday, year-round use in any climate- Hellooooo Ambience!
  6. Move it to another room when you want to redecorate. Have one in every room without the cost of remodeling.

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with that special someone or with family and friends, make it special with a Gallery Collection electric fireplace (and maybe some light Jazz music for effect.)