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How To: Installing a Gas Fire Burner Video Blog

April 28th, 2016

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

New Product Update: The Cove Fire Bowl Collection

April 21st, 2016

The Outdoor GreatRoom Company™ is pleased to announce the newly updated Cove Fire Bowl Collection. This series features three different size concrete bowls with Crystal Fire™ gas burners- 30”, 20”, and 12”. After overwhelming popularity of the Cove 30″ Fire Bowl, the 20″ and 12″ models were added.

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The natural grey Supercast concrete bowl lets the focus be on the stunning flame of the  Crystal Fire™ Burner. The organic natural appearance of the concrete is unique to each fire bowl.

The Cove Collection can be displayed individually or grouped into three. Great for landscape design, around pool areas, commercial, and residential projects.

FEATURES:

  • Stainless steel UL Listed Crystal Fire Burners™
  • Includes clear fire glass, optional lava rock or glass guard sold separately
  • Made in USA
  • UL Listed

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 tables, pergolas, outdoor kitchen islands, outdoor gas fireplaces, indoor electric fireplaces, grills, outdoor patio furniture and accessories.

Follow The Outdoor GreatRoom Company for updates and design inspirations at www.pinterest.com/outdoorrooms/ and www.facebook.com/OutdoorGreatrooms

10 Steps to Create an Outdoor Room

April 14th, 2016

Spring is here! Get prepared for outdoor living with these 10 steps to successfully plan your outdoor room for spring.

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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 theatre, gardening, swimming, lawn games, or jungle gyms.
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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.

$250 off any Pergola

April 7th, 2016

Looking to complete your outdoor space this spring? The Outdoor GreatRoom Company is offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase through April 30, 2016. Download your rebate below and shop for the newest addition to your outdoor space!

Download your $250 pergola rebate here.

Valid on purchases through April 30, 2016.

  • Sonoma Pergola outdoor room SONOMA16

Shop Now for Pergolas  or  Find a dealer near you!

 

Gas Fire Pit Table Spring Cleaning Checklist

March 31st, 2016

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!

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

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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
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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!

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Taxes: Invest your Refund

March 24th, 2016

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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 can be 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. 

Now offering a $250 rebate on any pergola purchase!

 

Pergolas: The Foundation of your Outdoor Room

March 17th, 2016

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 room and can be that one piece that pulls everything together.

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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!

Custom and Commercial Capabilities

March 10th, 2016

Did you know The Outdoor GreatRoom Company offers custom and commercially rated products? Any products sold by OGC can be commercially rated and fire pits, outdoor gas fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and UL listed burners are customizable. We have successfully helped many of our customers create the outdoor room of their dreams including many homeowners, businesses, apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, and more.

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The process starts with a simple discussion on what your vision for the space is. What purpose will the space have- entertaining, relaxing, dining, etc.? Is there any landscaping to include? If it is an outdoor kitchen, will there be a grill or any special appliances? Once the finishes and materials are decided our engineering team will work with the customer to get a finished sketch done.

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It is also important to consider who will be using the space, especially if it is in a commercial or public area. Safety features that OGC offers with our commercially-rated products include a key valve, glass wind guard, protective vinyl cover, emergency shut off, and more.

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Some of the custom features that OGC can add include custom fire pit burner sizes and lengths up to 10 feet long, fiber optic lighting, LED backlighting, sound systems, appliances, special finishes, adding a name or logo to the fire pit or kitchen, and much more! If you can dream it, we can do it.

Buy or DIY? Sonoma Pergola Comparison & Rebate

March 3rd, 2016

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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. Plus save an additional $250 with our Spring Pergola Rebate!

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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.

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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. Plus save an additional $250 with our Spring Pergola Rebate!

 

 

Invest your tax refund this season!

February 25th, 2016

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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 can be 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.