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The Benefits of Electric Grills

May 21st, 2015

Every home needs a grill. There are many options out there depending on the space you have and the type of grill you’re looking for. Our favorite type of grill is an electric grill. Benefits of electric grills include:

  1. Quickly reaches temperatures to sear or grill
  2. Safe to use inside (need venting hood) or out- can be used in small spaces and on apartment or condo balconies!
  3. Portable and lightweight- great for tailgating, camping, and more!
  4. Cleaner grilling- no smoke or char
  5. Easy to clean
  6. Save money- no propane tanks to replace
  7. Make restaurant quality food with the dual sear and grill feature
  8. Price- much more affordable than similar quality gas grills

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The Legacy 2 Electric Cook Number™ Grill can sear, roast and even comes with the patented Cook Number System™, taking the guess work out of grilling. It is compact in size, perfect for smaller balconies, and can also be used traveling with an RV, camping, tailgating, and more! The real point is you can still have all the amenities found in a large back yard without actually having the extra outdoor space!

electric grill

Should I Buy or DIY My Pergola?

May 14th, 2015

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When planning an outdoor room a pergola is an important part of the overall design. Beyond choosing the style of what you want, it is important to consider your overall cost and time spent. Whether you are a dealer looking to provide Pergolas to your customers, or a retail consumer looking to DIY a pergola yourself, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company wants to help you figure that out. Below is a comparison of what it would cost, both time and dollars, to DIY build a Sonoma 12 foot Pergola or purchase from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company.

Do It Yourself Construction

ACTION ITEM                                                                                   ESTIMATED TIME

Putting together a plan for constructing                                              1 days

Constructing each column of pergola                                                   2 days

Constructing each arched rafter (8 rafters)                                          3 days

Constructing each straight rafter (10 rafters)                                      2 days

Detailing, sanding, routing edges, grooves, etc.                                   3 days

Staining and drying                                                                                  2 days

Buying hardware, miscellaneous                                                            1 days

Delivery, installation                                                                                 1 day

   Total Time To Construct Pergola                     15 days         

ESTIMATED COST

Estimated cost of lumber                                                                       $1350

Estimated cost of hardware                                                                   $450

Estimated cost of stain                                                                          $175

Estimated tool rental, other materials needed                                    $350

15 days labor, 10 hours per day, 1 person @ $15 per hour                $2,250

   Total Estimated Cost                                          $4,575

These would be estimated costs for a landscaper building a 12’ arched wood pergola by themselves.  This would involve 15 working days and $4,575 worth of materials/labor.  This is also assuming this landscaper can get down to the fine details of the pergola and have the exact look that you get when you see a Sonoma 12 Pergola from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company.

 

The Outdoor Greatroom Company Sonoma Pergola

ACTION ITEMS                                                                              ESTIMATED TIME   

Order Sonoma 12 Pergola from OGC                                                 1 minute

Ship and deliver pergola                                                                       5 days

Install Pergola                                                                                        4 hours

           Total Time                                                                     5 days, 4 hours, 1 minute

                                                                                                          ESTIMATED COST

Sonoma 12 Redwood Pergola                                             Retail Value                 $3,799

                                                                                         

Savings by purchasing an engineered, pre-finished, ready to install pergola versus building one:  10 ½ days and $776. 

 

 

Accessorizing your Outdoor Room

May 7th, 2015

Like any room of the home, finding the right accessories is important when designing your outdoor room. Whether it is for your fire pit, furniture, outdoor kitchen, or pergola, the Outdoor GreatRoom Company can help make your outdoor room your own.

Fire Pits

Optional accessories for fire pit tables include a glass wind guard, variety of colored glass fire gems, colored burners (custom order), burner covers, and vinyl covers.

Artisan fire pit table

[Glass Wind Guard] [Glass Gems] [Burner Cover] [Vinyl Cover]

Pergolas

Optional accessories for pergolas include roof structures, lattice, and privacy wall. To give your outdoor room a personal touch we also suggest adding rugs, lanterns, candles, plants, and stringing twinkle lights from the top that can be found at a local department store (we found ours at Target.)

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[Lattice Roof] [Privacy Wall]

Outdoor Kitchen Islands

OGC makes custom outdoor kitchens that customers can add any accessory they would like. We can create custom kitchen islands for most grills, storage systems, even add a gas fire burner to the top or a matching fire pit. The possibilities are endless!

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[Custom Island Information]

 

 

 

3 Outdoor Rooms to Recreate

April 30th, 2015

Spring has sprung and it is time to get your outdoor space ready for the season! Whether you have already started planning your outdoor room or you are starting from scratch here are three outdoor rooms to recreate and make your own.

Traditional and Relaxing

This outdoor room is a classic customer favorite that is easy to recreate in any backyard!

Sonoma Pergola outdoor room

[Sonoma Pergola] [Balsam Wicker Furniture] [Montego Fire Pit Table]

Tuscan Elegance

Host a dinner party any time in this beautiful and sophisticated outdoor room!

Tuscany Pergola

[Tuscany Pergola] [Colonial Dining Fire Pit Table] [Empire Dining Chairs]

Rustic Comfort

Relax in your own outdoor room like you would in a mountain retreat!

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[Lodge II Pergola] [Sierra Fire Pit Table] [Balsam Wicker Furniture]

Now just add some plants, some twinkle lights, and great company to begin making memories in your very own outdoor room!

 

 

Pergolas: the Foundation of Your Outdoor Room

April 23rd, 2015

When designing your outdoor living area, it is just as important to define spaces outside as it is inside your home. A pergola can be a great way to define either an outdoor living or dining space, as well as add that extra “wow” to your home. Pergolas are the foundation for your outdoor greatroom and can be that one piece that pulls everything together.

Tuscany Pergola

Many people confuse a pergola with a gazebo or arbor. While they all share similar qualities and can function in many of the same ways, there is a difference. Gazebos are often round or octagonal shaped with a turret for the top. They are generally free standing and have a solid roof.

An arbor is most like a pergola in that it provides shade and can be used for walkways. Arbors also often have open lattice where flowers and plants can grow during the warmer months.

A pergola can be used attached to a home or as a freestanding structure and has open sides and a semi-covered or shaded roof. Pergolas allow light sun and breeze to pass through, and are great for sitting areas to relax outdoors. Adding a fire pit, fireplace, grill, or outdoor kitchen to a pergola is great for every season, and can extend the use and functionality of your outdoor living space. The Outdoor Greatroom Company offers both wood pergolas and fiberglass pergolas to help get your vision started.

Look through our photo gallery to get inspiration for your own outdoor living space!

Spring Maintenance for your Outdoor Room

April 16th, 2015

It’s that time of year again when we come out of winter hibernation and get back to enjoying the great outdoors. To get your outdoor room ready for the season ahead, spring maintenance is a must. Whether your outdoor room has a gas fire pit table, pergola, outdoor furniture, or an outdoor kitchen island, be prepared for spring and summer entertaining with this list of helpful tips!

Pergola with gas fire pit and furniture

Gas Fire Pit Table Maintenance:

  • 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:

  • 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

Outdoor Kitchen Island Maintenance:

  • 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 Maintenance:

  • 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

Keeping your outdoor room clean with routine, preventative maintenance will help keep your outdoor room beautiful and last for years to come!

How To Video: Installing a Gas Fire Burner

April 9th, 2015

Setting up a UL listed Crystal Fire Burner from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is easy and can be done by anyone with the proper tools. Watch Paul explain the process is this short video.

Update: New Colonial Collection Fire Pit Tables

April 2nd, 2015

The customer favorite expands once more!

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly updated Colonial Collection Gas Fire Pit Tables, featuring the brand new Artisan Supercast top and the Absolute Black Granite top.

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The Artisan Colonial top is an acid washed Supercast concrete finish available on three different base heights: chat, dining, and pub. The fiberglass bases are in a Dora Brown finish. Other tops available on a Dora Brown base are: Marbleized Noche Supercast, Mocha Supercast, and British Brown Granite. Mix and match 4 top finishes with 3 base heights.

The Black Grand Colonial is made of durable Absolute Black granite and available as a chat height table on a black fiberglass base.

black grand colonial

Each fire pit table is UL listed for safety and made of durable, yet beautiful materials. This collection is perfect for people who enjoy living their life outdoors and want functional, yet attractive products to do so. The popularity of the dining and pub heights has grown rapidly as consumers are looking to upgrade their outdoor living spaces for more versatile entertaining.

Colonial Collection features include:

  • 48” Tops: British Brown Granite, Mocha Supercast, Artisan Supercast, Absolute Black Granite or Marbleized Noche Supercast
  • Fiberglass Bases: Chat (26” tall), Dining (30” tall), Pub (43” tall)
  • Comes with matching Supercast or granite burner cover
  • Optional Vinyl cover
  • Optional Round Glass Wind Guard
  • Stores 20 lb. LP tank in base
  • UL listed 20” Round Stainless Steel Crystal Fire™ Burner

 

ABOUT THE OUTDOOR GREATROOM COMPANY

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) manufactures unique, upscale products with design appeal for indoor and outdoor living spaces. Products include gas fire pits and gas fire pit tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, grills, outdoor patio furniture and accessories.

 

 

Invest Your Tax Refund

March 26th, 2015

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It’s that time of year again when our accountants are busy and our tax refunds are being given back. While some people choose to save this money or use towards everyday expenses, we like to use it by investing in our homes and making improvements. Home improvements are an investment when done wisely. 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. Beyond outdoor furniture or a fire pit, pergolas, a deck, landscaping, and an outdoor kitchen are all great investments in your home. Not only are you doing something that you can enjoy, but also the next homeowner. 

Invest your refund with The Outdoor GreatRoom Company and get inspired for your own outdoor room here. 

 

 

New Product: Pine Ridge Collection

March 20th, 2015

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The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly designed Pine Ridge Collection. These fire pit tables were designed to bring rustic elegance to the outdoors as both a fire pit and as a table. The Pine Ridge gas fire pit tables are available in two sizes, Linear with a 12×42” burner or Square with a 24×24” burner. Each table uses a stainless steel, UL listed Crystal Fire™ burner for safety and made of durable, outdoor rated materials.

The faux barnwood supercast top coordinated with an easy to care for stucco base is accented with real wood cedar corners and rivet detailing. Whether you are entertaining a small or large group, the Pine Ridge Fire Pit Table will be the center of attention!

Pine Ridge features include:

  • Barnwood supercast top with matching burner cover
  • Easy to maintain stucco base with stained cedar wood cornersStainless Steel Burner- UL Listed
  • Burners produce up to 100,000 BTU’s
  • Stores 20 lb. LP Tank in base

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

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