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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!

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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.)

2016 in Review, plus what to plan for 2017

January 12th, 2017

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to read the full article visit Hearth & Home Magazine’s website.




Product Update: The Cove Collection Adds Another Model

January 5th, 2017


As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is pleased to announce the release of the newest addition to the Cove Collection, the Linear Cove 1242 Fire Pit.

This fire pit features a modern Matte Black color coated Stainless Steel Crystal Fire™ burner set inside a Natural Grey Supercast concrete. The fire pit is UL listed for safety and made in the USA.

The Linear Cove 1242 Fire Pit model was added after overwhelming popularity of the three Cove Fire Bowls. The collection will be on display at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, FL, January 10-12, 2017, at booth #S2844.


  • 12×42″ Black color coated Stainless steel linear burner inside Supercast concrete base surround
  • Contemporary raw concrete finish is unique to each fire bowl, common attributes include pitting and color density variation
  • Includes clear fire glass
  • Optional Tumbled Lava Rock and Glass Wind Guard sold separately
  • UL Listed. Made in USA.

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 for more information.

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Happy New Year!

December 29th, 2016

2016 is coming to a close, and what a year it’s been!

Gather around the fire this New Year’s with family and friends to reflect and reminisce about your 2016 memories and to ring in 2017.

Happy New Year from the Outdoor GreatRoom Company!

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Office Closed for Christmas

December 22nd, 2016

OGC will be closed Friday, December 23, and Monday December 26 for the Christmas holiday weekend. We hope you enjoy this time with loved ones. Happy Holidays!


The Magic Behind Electric Fire

December 15th, 2016


When shopping for an electric fireplace there are several things that you must consider. First, how does it look? Are you going to want this in your home or office for years to come? Flame first– if it does not catch your eye right away it probably never will. Style– does the style fit your home? Next is noise, if you can hear it running in the showroom from one foot away it will be irritating in your home. The showroom has a high level of background noise, your living room will not. The last thing to consider: quality of construction. Is it well built, with nice fitting parts and LED bulbs? You do not want to buy anything with less than LED bulbs in it, the cost and service will be troublesome. Heat is another item that is always asked for. Electric heaters can be a great way to warm a room and take a chill off of a cool evening.

Electric fires have advanced many times over since the old days of real wood logs cutout with a transparent sheet of plastic on them so a light bulb could be used to light up the center of the log set. Back then the illusion of fire was made by having the heat of the light bulb cause a pinwheel to rotate and the light on the translucent film to fluctuate looking like light from flames. Today we use a motor to create a rotation of reflective materials to create an upward moving flame reflection on a background panel. The lights have advanced from the old incandescent bulb to hundreds of small LEDs of different colors to create a more realistic reflection of flame. The blue LED gives an even more realistic flame appearance.

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Another feature that has been added to help create that feeling of a real wood fire is the introduction of a heater. The extra heat makes for a more compelling feeling that the flame is real and generating the heat. Many people have asked if it is a real flame and when told it is not they ask where does the heat come from. The electric heater typically comes with different output settings with a fan to help the heat move around a larger area of the room.

In the past electric fires were either log sets or they were made to look like a masonry fire place. The construction was not built to last for many years and were never much of an added value when it came time to sell a home. Today’s electrics are well constructed and designed to last.  They have an electronic operating board that drives the motors and LEDs in the system to get quiet, efficient, and long lasting use. The LEDs in an electric fireplace today consume next to nothing in the way of power. As little as 2 cents to run the fire for 24 hours in most places. The LEDs will also last what will seem like forever. LED bulbs can last 100,000 hours for a good quality bulb. Even then if one or two of hundreds do stop working you will not notice it in the flame.

Electric Fireplace Insert

Installations of today’s electrics is also very simple. On a wall hung unit the installation is as simple as hanging a mirror or a picture. Simply locate the area, determine the stud locations. With a screw gun simple screw a minimum of 4 screws in the mounting frame to the studs. Then hang the body on the frame and snap the glass front in place. Only 10 minutes from start to finish. Inserts can take even less time. Simply assemble the surround attach it to the insert and slide the insert in place. No screws, drills, clamps etc. then just plug the unit into an existing outlet and it is ready to enjoy!

Post by Eric Hawkinson, VP Operations and Engineering

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

December 8th, 2016

Struggling to find the right gift for your family and friends? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of gifts that are perfect for both those who love spending time outdoors and those who to prefer to keep warm and cozy inside by the fire.

Brooks Fire Pit Table

The Brooks Fire Pit Table is a great gift for anyone who enjoys spending time outside, near a beautiful fire. This fire pit is very versatile and looks great with any outdoor furniture! Perfect for spring, summer, and autumn in colder climates, and all year round in warmer climates! Don’t forget to include fire pit accessories like the Bronze Glass Burner Cover and the Glass Guard.

Brooks Fire Pit Table: $899.00
Bronze Glass Burner Cover: $69.00
Glass Guard: $249.00

Intrigue Table Top Fire Pit

The Intrigue Table Top Fire Pit is a great gift for those with limited outdoor space. It is designed to fit into virtually any dining or pub table with an umbrella hole. The Intrigue creates a warm flame and ambiance that makes a great center piece for any outdoor room.

Intrigue Table Top Fire Pit: $299.00

Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel 


The Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel is a beautiful addition to any home. The mantel is made of durable fiberglass reinforced Supercast concrete. Because of the non-combustible nature of the material it can be used above electric, gas, and wood burning fireplaces. This mantel is the perfect place to display your holiday decor, making it a great option for a gift this year.

Tavern Supercast Wood Mantel: Starting at $799.00


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Happy Holidays from Outdoor GreatRoom Company!

Why To Buy Gallery Collection Fireplaces

December 1st, 2016

The Gallery Collection has two electric fireplace inserts that give you an easy way to convert your drafty wood-burning masonry fireplace into a cost effective and safe electric fireplace. Great for existing fire boxes or new construction for both residential and commercial properties.

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With a unique, realistic looking flame, silent operation, and multiple size options and fronts, you will find the perfect focal piece for your home. Choose from our other models too, such as built-in, zero clearance, wall mount, linear and more. Create ambiance and warmth in your home and give your family and friends a cozy place to gather and spend time together.

Our products are made from durable materials meant to last.

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