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New Products on Display at Casual Market

September 11th, 2017

As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is excited to display new products for 2017 and 2018 at the Casual Market in Chicago this week.

New products include a range of offerings from rustic fire tables, to comfortable furniture and functional accessories. Available to order now are the new Lyndale Swivel Rocking Chairs and brand new Protective Table Covers.

The modern Lyndale Swivel Rocking Chairs feature a graphite grey aluminum frame with the choice of Cast Ash or Cast Slate Sunbrella® fabric cushions. They also come with an optional striped Cove Pebble Sunbrella® lumbar pillow for added support.

The brand new Protective Fire Table Covers come in a variety of sizes and are made of a durable rip-stop fabric. The tan color keeps the table cool in the sun and a drawstring cord around the bottom, secures the cover to the table.

Visit the Outdoor GreatRoom Company at the Casual Market in Chicago, September 12-15, at booth #7-3030.

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-grade products.

Things to Consider Before You Build a Fire Pit

September 7th, 2017

Building a gas fire pit table is a great way to upgrade your outdoor space and save money! With our DIY gas fire pit kit, building your own fire pit out of brick or concrete with a gas fire burner is very attainable. If you are ready to tackle this project, here is our list of things to consider before you build a fire pit!

Buy your burner first

It is a great idea to buy the burner first as you build the fire pit to ensure that it will fit properly! It will make your assembling process easier as you can build around the gas fire burner and the control panel rather than trying to fit it in after the pit is built. If you are using concrete, it is especially beneficial to have the burner first to ensure that you don’t pour concrete to the wrong size.

Access to the gas

When you build a gas fire pit, you want to make sure the burner will have access to the gas. The control panel will connect to the gas input on the inside of the fire pit, so you will want to consider the access to your gas source. If you will be using a liquid propane tank, you might want to build a way to access and store the tank inside the fire pit. If you are planning on hooking the burner up to a natural gas line, then you want to make sure you have that access before you build.

Access to the controls

As well as having access to the gas, you will need to have access to the controls. You will want to leave a gap somewhere along the fire pit, so you can insert the control panel and have access to the sparker button and control knob. The controls allow for you to operate the unit and turn the flame height up and down.

Venting requirement

Venting is a requirement for any structure housing an LP tank.  We suggest venting on any gas appliance whether an LP tank is stored there or not.  10 square inches of ventilation is required and we suggest cross ventilation.

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company Hosts Third Annual Conference

August 31st, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company (OGC) hosted its third-annual Outdoor GreatRoom Conference, August 23-24, at their new corporate headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota. The event included staff, sales representatives, and a number of customers from across the U.S. for a two-day event. This educational event featured showroom, factory, and engineering tours, hands on product training, and round table discussions.

Evening activities included dinner and hospitality, curling, and a hosted dinner cruise on the Mississippi river through downtown Minneapolis. Eric Cannon, Territory Representative for the Rocky Mountain States commented, “best meeting ever! Great job OGC friends! From the gift bag on arrival to good food, activities and positive meetings it was the best meeting I’ve ever attended.”

This event brought the company closer to its customers and provided a lot of feedback into how OGC can help its customers and sales representatives succeed in the market. OGC is looking forward to growing this event in the future.

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-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.

Planning ahead for fall gardening

August 24th, 2017

With cool weather and fall approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking ahead and planning your fall garden. Gardening is often thought of a spring and summer activity, but there are so many great plants that harvest and grow so well in the fall and bloom in the spring. Planting your seeds in warm soil allows the roots to grow faster than those planted in the cold soil of the spring. Also, cooler autumn weather and shortened daylight are actually easier on plants. (and the gardeners!)

Check out this list of awesome vegetables and flowers to plant this fall!

 

Spring Bulbs

If you want a colorful spring garden with gorgeous tulips, daffodils, or allium bulbs, then you must plant these in the fall! All spring blooming bulbs need a period of cold dormancy in order to bloom, so pick out some of your favorite bulbs to plant for beautiful spring display.

Perennials

Many perennials are planted in the spring, but don’t over look those that can benefit from planting in the fall! Fall is the best time for peonies and irises to be planted and also for dividing and replanting hostas. Any perennial Specimens with large root balls are good to plant or replant in the spring.

Vegetables

Unlike Spring Bulbs or Perennials, there are many great vegetables to plant and harvest in the fall! Veggies like broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, radish, lettuce, and kale actually thrive in cooler temperature. Time your crops backwards by looking at how much time you until the first fall frost; some vegetables should be planted 30 days before frost and some 60.

Trees and Shrubs

Planting, replanting, and transplanting any trees or shrubs is best to do in the fall. The soil is still warm for root development and the cool air is best to prevent shock for any transplanting. Keep newly planted trees well watered until the ground freezes to ensure a good start before winter dormancy.

 

Accessorizing Your Outdoor Room

August 17th, 2017

Once you have your outdoor space filled with your furniture, fire pit table, kitchen, or pergola, it’s time to think about accessorizing. Like the indoors, you must decorate after you furnish to complete the space. Check out some of our favorite outdoor accessory ideas that are guaranteed to add a finished and more inviting look to your backyard!

String Lights

Adding lighting outside not only allows you to stay out longer than the sun, but it also creates an cozy and soft ambiance that sets the tone for great memories. Hang up a string of outdoor twinkle lights under your pergola or crisscross over your patio/yard and it will instantly illuminate your space with a stunning glow. You can find plug-in and solar varieties in a range of bulb styles. String lights are an instant makeover and can make your own backyard a staycation.

Lanterns

Hanging, sitting, or standing lanterns is another fun and unique outdoor lighting idea. There are many creative products and DIY ideas such as a glass jar with fairy lights, a wired cage with light bulbs, or a metal frame holding glass walls with battery operated LED candles that pose no fire hazard, but the options are endless! Accessorizing your outdoor space with lanterns can light up unwanted dark areas and create an atmosphere for entertaining.

 

Outdoor Rugs

On your patio, porch, or even lawn, include a rug to make outdoor living feel more like a room.  There are endless patterns, colors, and textures to choose from, so think about the rest of your outdoor space style. You can go bold with a contrastive pop of color or a multicolor pattern, or perhaps you already have a lot of colors and patterns in your space and you need a single-color neutral rug to compliment your existing furnishings. These outdoor rugs are built to last and fabricated to endure moisture, sunlight, and other weather elements.

  

Outdoor Pillows

Explore outdoor pillows to throw on a loveseat, chair, couch, or bench to add a finished look to your backyard. Similar to outdoor rugs, you can design your outdoor pillows according to your space in the same way you can design your interior rooms. Pillows and fabrics can bring new life to your outdoor space, so get creative and experiment with color pallets and patterns, and even change with the season!

Adding these fun and simple accessories can finish your space and keep you outside longer by making it more cozy and inviting as we approach cool fall nights.

Benefits of Sitting Around a Fire

August 10th, 2017

Often, nothing sounds better than sitting around a cozy warm fire with family and friends at the end the day, but it turns out, our enjoyment from fire comes from human evolution.

Studies done from Christopher Lynn, a PhD at the University of Alabama, suggest that our love of sitting around a fire is evolutionary. Stone age humans relied on fire for light, protection, heat, cooking, hunting, and also social cohesion as the campfire brought relaxation and enhanced prosocial behavior.

The study evaluated the blood pressure of 226 adults before and after experiencing a simulation of a fire including flickering light and crackling sounds. The results showed a decrease in blood pressure, a response that Lynn attributes to evolution.

When those exposed to the fire complete with sound for 15 min, their systolic blood pressure dropped on average by 6 points and their diastolic blood pressure dropped by 3. Having a fireplace or fire pit now provides you with health benefits in addition to a complete home and a place to gather with friends.

Humans may have evolved to find fire relaxing as it was a primal way to manage stress and conflict, and “anything that’s going to help us manage or balance that conflict is going to be selected for, to use evolutionary terms,” says Lynn.

Next time you are sitting around your fire, thank your ancestors for passing along their fire-loving genes.

This study was published in the journal of Evolutionary Physchology

Source from article in Men’s Health

3 Summer Treats to Beat the Heat

August 3rd, 2017

Stay cool this August with these fun summer treats! These three recipes are easy and fun for the whole family.

Frozen fruit

Freeze your fruit! This is a simple, yet fun trick that you can do with a variety of fruits and berries. Our favorites are frozen grapes, bananas, strawberries, and mangos. These little frozen bites have an ice cream-like texture and are an exciting and healthy treat when you can swap out your everyday fruit with frozen fruit on a super-hot day.

Directions: First, wash your fruit, and then cut your bananas, strawberries, and mangos into bite size pieces. Lastly, place them on a plate or bowl and put it in the freezer. Let them sit for several hours, and enjoy! Tip: If you plan on leaving them in the freezer for an extended period of time, place the fruit in a container or plastic bag.

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Making your own popsicles is a summer favorite; just get a popsicle mold and popsicle sticks! You can make popsicles with yogurt, pudding, juice, fruit, and more! With endless fun ideas and recipes, you can get creative! One of our favorite recipes is strawberry lemonade popsicles.

Directions: Start with making lemonade; you can use a powdered mix, liquid starter, or store bought lemonade. Next, pour the lemonade into the popsicle mold and add some washed, cut up strawberries and blueberries and freeze! Leave them in the freezer for several hours. If you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can use a small cup like dixie cups and popsicle sticks.

Ice Cream Bar

A bowl of ice cream is good, but an all out ice cream sundae is delicious and fun to make! Creating an ice cream bar is an activity that will bring the whole family together. Start with some vanilla ice cream, (maybe chocolate too!) and then a variety of toppings like fruit, candies, cookies, ice cream syrups, and whip cream. Get your creative juices flowing with the toppings! Once you have all your ingredients, dish your toppings out in bowls and create an awesome, mouth watering ice cream bar.

Directions: Buy a tub of vanilla ice cream, and all the toppings you wish to serve. Display all the toppings in a creative way, and invite family and friends to enjoy!

Architect and Designer Tools

July 27th, 2017

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has and continues to create products that make great additions to any home, but we also offer products that are custom and commercially-rated. You can create your own custom fire pit, burner, or outdoor kitchen island built to order. We work with businesses, hotels, designers, builders, architects, and more to provide the best quality outdoor-rated products. Our products have been safety tested, each burner is UL listed, and safety procedures put in place. We strive to provide you with the best product for your commercial setting and professional customer service during and after the project is complete.

Learn more about our commercial products here

 

For architects, landscapers, and designers, our products are on ARCAT and Structure Studios to easily spec-in to any project.

Find commercially-rated product specifications on ARCAT.

Find commercially-rated product specifications on Structure Studios.

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Please Call 1.866.303.4028 or email sales@outdoorrooms.com to get started on your custom or commercially-rated product today.

 

 

5 Garden Ideas to Match Your Outdoor Style

July 20th, 2017

For every outdoor style and space, a garden can be a tremendous backyard transformation. While gardens aren’t as instant as a fire pit table or pergola, they are worth the time and energy as it enhances your outdoor space and surrounding. Whether you are a gardener or not, gardening can be a creative outlet with your individual outdoor style. Here are 5 garden styles to try out this summer.

1. Flower Garden

If you love a full and colorful flower garden, try planting Bonica Shrub Rose, Salvia Leucantha, or Colorburst Orange Coneflower. Plant some annual flowers that bloom all summer long in a flower bed or create a fun container garden full of vibrant colors; some great and easy annuals we love are lavender or fuchsia petunias. There are a million ways to create a flower garden, but it is important to mix, blend, and contrast a color pallet of flowers that complement each other. These gardens are both fun and stunning and can provide you with cut flowers and bring more life to your outdoor space by attracting pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and humming birds.

2. Modern Garden

If you are looking to explore a modern garden, try planting a stiff Yucca in a simple concrete container. Modern gardens are minimal and focus more on hardscape and structural elements. A grid-like pattern, lines, rocks, and concrete pavers are a couple design elements to give a try. Use a simple color scheme like white and green with small hints of color. Create contrast with structural elements and forgiving greenery. Instead of a variety of flowers, pick one, and plant mostly foliage.

 

3. Low-Maintenance Garden

Do you hate gardening but love a beautiful garden? Don’t worry! There are many low maintenance flowers, shrubs, and ground covers for the non-gardener. Try planting perennials! A vibrant flower, like the purple Texas Ranger, come back to life every year, you just need to water them! If you have a dull space or side yard, add a low maintenance, perennial ground cover like the fast growing Bishop’s Weed or easy Hostas. In addition, Creating a wildflower garden is another awesome low cost and low maintenance garden; pick out some native wildflower seeds and plant them in a proper environment, and you will have a full garden!

 

4. Rustic Garden

If you love the rustic, old farm look, creating a rustic garden is very obtainable. Add rustic architectural elements to your outdoor space such as a vintage metal fence in your flower bed, create paths with old bricks or cobble stone, and use wood for garden projects like signs or benches. Create organic shade by growing vines or flowering growers that can climb up a pergola. Plant flowers such as a purple hyacinth in rustic containers such as old watering cans, galvanized tubs, or livestock feeders. Don’t forget to choose a color palette; options are endless with this style!

  

5. Kitchen Garden

If you love home grown vegetables and using your own herbs for cooking, having a kitchen garden can be really fun, challenging, and rewarding. Try using raised beds to decrease weeds, control drainage, and keep pests away. If you’ve never had a vegetable garden, start small, and pick a couple easy veggies to start with like tomatoes and zucchini squash. Maybe try an organic vegetable garden by buying organic grown plants and seeds and omitting any fertilizer. Growing a vegetable and herb garden might not be as pretty as a flower garden, but it can be the most rewarding after you pull up some flavorful, colorful carrots and cook with pride.

 

New Product: Modern Twist on a Customer Favorite

July 13th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (July 11, 2017)— As the leader in the outdoor living industry, The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ (OGC) is pleased to announce the release of the new Cove Intrigue Table Top Outdoor Lantern, a mini fire pit for your outdoor table. The Cove Intrigue was designed following the success of the modern concrete Cove Collection paired with the innovation and popularity from the Intrigue Table Top Outdoor Lantern.

The Cove ring is made of durable, modern faux-concrete. Tumbled lava rock sits between the faux-concrete ring and the glass of the Intrigue. The Cove ring and tumbled lava rock can be purchased with the Intrigue as a kit or ordered separately as an after market accessory. It is easy to install and designed to fit on any table with an umbrella hole between 1.75”-4”. Perfect for smaller residential patios and backyards or great for commercial applications in restaurants and hospitality settings.

Find the Cove Intrigue Table Top Outdoor Lantern on display at both the ICFA Preview Show, July 11-13, and the Casual Market, September 12-15, both in Chicago, IL.

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-grade products. Visit www.outdoorrooms.com for more information.