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The Outdoor Greatroom Company Espouses Benefits of Adding a Gas Fire Pit to the Outdoor Room

Whether you have a deck space, patio area, or even a poolside spot, your outdoor space is an open, blank canvas full of possibilities. But where do you start? With so many options, it seems natural to begin with the focal point. A gas fire pit offers a clear focus to draw guests into your outdoor room. The stunning design invites guests to sit down, relax, and enjoy the dancing flames. But what are other benefits of a gas fire pit in your backyard area?

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Gas fire pit tables are an outdoor living staple to extend your time outdoors every day and even lengthen your entire outdoor season. The glow of the fire illuminates your surroundings to keep the ambiance going and break up the darkness of the night. The warmth wakes you up in the morning as you take in your peaceful surroundings. It also keeps you and your guests cozy during those afternoon chats that turn into late-night conversations. As fall introduces cooler weather, the welcoming warmth keeps you cozy and content in your outdoor living room.

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While the traditional look and sounds of a wood-burning fire are appealing and sometimes nostalgic, gas fire pits can be designed to adopt a similar look. As for safety, our gas fire tables are clean burning and eliminate unpredictable smoke that can intensify allergies and other sensitivities. With safety as a priority, our gas fire pits are UL listed, meaning they have been thoroughly tested for the outdoors.

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Even though safety is crucial, gas fire pits offer other convenient benefits. They are perfect for an instant fire after a dip in the pool or when a sudden chill goes through the air, thanks to the quick-start ignition. This feature also ensures the fire is easy to control. As a Minnesota-based company with plenty of experience with unpredictable weather, we create our gas fire pits with durability as a priority. That’s why we choose high-quality materials, thorough processes, and attentive experts to ensure we create gas fire pit tables you can trust. With many of our products Made in the USA, we are dedicated to overseeing every step of the way.

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Aesthetically, a gas fire pit on your patio or deck offers a beautiful, lasting look. We offer gas fire pit tables in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Many of our fire pits are versatile to fit your ever-changing outdoor theme, too. If you are not quite sure what fire pit fits your outdoor taste, our dedicated experts can work with you to create a custom gas fire pit using our cost-effective processes. Our family-owned company has years of experience to create the fire piece of your dreams.

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Once you create your fire focal point, make sure to surround the area with plenty of comfy outdoor furniture, unique decor, and an outdoor kitchen. Tie the backyard living room together with a beautiful pergola and you’ll be set for a long, memorable outdoor season!



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European Home – 7 Stunning Modern Gas Fireplaces in Commercial Spaces

For architects and designers, commercial projects are a little bit like public art.  They can be enjoyed by all, however they also pose a number of design challenges that simply do not need to be considered for a residential project.  We picked out some of our favorite fireplace installations in public/commercial settings and talked to a handful of the architects and designers involved in these projects.

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See all seven projects…

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The Outdoor Greatroom Company – How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Island

Adding an outdoor kitchen island is a great investment for your backyard area, but it requires some patio planning. One helpful acronym to remember when designing an outdoor kitchen island is “PAL”.

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P – What is the PURPOSE of your outdoor kitchen island?

While it may seem obvious to use your backyard kitchen for cooking, there are many directions you can take. For example, you may want a spacious outdoor kitchen area that includes plenty of seating for family and friends or ample space for multiple cooks in the kitchen.* If you’re an avid cook, make sure to plan out plenty of prep space and quality lighting for optimal use. Maybe your outdoor room will be a backyard retreat (possibly a man cave or girls’ night spot). In that case, a kitchen island with simply a spot for refreshments and snacks may fit your outdoor needs.

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A – What APPLIANCES and ACCESSORIES are you thinking?

“Grill, rotisserie, oven, stovetop, brick oven, blender, wine cooler – there are so many choices.”* Once you decide on the purpose of your outdoor kitchen island, make sure to consider the type of food you plan to make, the appliances needed for making that food, and how often you will actually use those appliances.

As for accessories, think of the items you want to complement your outdoor kitchen island. Patio furniture keeps your guests comfortable while you cook. If you plan to use your outdoor area on game days or you enjoy watching cooking shows while you prep food, a TV made for the outdoors offers versatile entertainment.* Sound systems can also help create the desired ambiance for guests. Make sure to consult a professional on the best tech for your deck or patio.

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L – Where will your outdoor kitchen be LOCATED?

Now that you have considered the other points for your backyard kitchen island, it is time to bring it all together and choose the location. Safety is one of the most important factors. First, locate all of the utility lines to ensure you won’t run into any safety issues.* While weather can be unpredictable, try your best to map out your backyard to determine the best spot. One of our pergolas with optional lattice roof and wall may help create a more defined outdoor room while adding some protection from the outdoor elements.

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Next, consider convenience and comfort when deciding on your outdoor kitchen location. What would offer the most natural flow? Once you have decided on a location, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect design to fit your outdoor theme. Thankfully, our experts are here to help you create the outdoor kitchen island of your dreams. After you have installed your kitchen island, don’t forget a gas fire pit for keeping the ambiance going for entertaining all night long.

*McClatchy, AP. “How to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen,” The Mercury News. April 24, 2018.

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Barclay Butera Talks Curated Outdoor and More for Summer 2018

Screen Shot 2018-05-11 at 9.02.55 PMBarclay Butera, renowned designer and author and creator of the Barclay Butera Outdoor Collections for Castelle (, talks Curated Outdoor and Summertime.

Q: The buzzword in design is “Curated.” What does “curated outdoor” mean to you? 

BB: I think having a curated style is so important because it’s a true reflection of the client’s home, life and history. Curated to me means accumulated and acquired over time- It’s not about clutter or junk. It’s about surrounding yourself with possessions and reminders of the good times you’ve had. When I take on any project I immediately want to see anything and everything the client wants to keep. We weave those items into our design and everything always seems more authentic. Outdoor is no exception! I love layering a client’s sculpture into their landscape, their favorite outdoor hurricanes into the décor. An inherited wicker chair can still sing when placed next to new furniture. It’s all about layering new with items you love and collected over a lifetime.

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Q.  What color trends are you seeing in outdoor for summer 2018?

BB: I love this season and right now I am seeing and specifying a great deal of silver and white layered with soft pastels- love this look it’s so fresh.

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Q.  Are there “Go-to” elements you are seeing for outdoor areas this summer?

BB: I’m a huge fan of water, so any time I can work a fountain into the design of an outdoor space I do it. Nothing more relaxing than the sound of soft bubbling water in the morning or at the end of a very long day. And if the climate and terrain can handle it, put in a Koi pond.

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Q. What is inspiring your design work right now?

BB:I have been traveling so extensively lately for business and pleasure I cannot help but get incredibly inspired by each and every trip! I recently got back from Florence and Barcelona and you will definitely see some upcoming influences in my interiors projects in the next year.

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Q.  Do you have a favorite summer get-away or summer guilty pleasure?

BB:Oh I sure do… enjoying my own backyard, my incredible landscape and private hideaway with family and friends. I am on the road so much there is nothing more relaxing than a good margarita and barbeque at home on the weekends.

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European Home – Renovating Early Modernism

An Interview with Architect Gary Wolf

Edwin Goodell Jr. was an early and influential modernist architect but his name in the history books is often overshadowed by his colleague, Walter Gropius.  One of Goodell’s early homes sits on a rocky New England hillside in Weston, MA and recently underwent a renovation by Wolf Architects.  Gary Wolf has made a name for himself through his innovative contemporary designs as well as a reputation for thoughtful historic preservation.  We had the pleasure to tour this newly renovated modernist gem, featuring a Bidore 95 modern fireplace, with Gary and homeowner Catherine Riedel and ask the question, “how do you renovate an architectural icon?”

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Dwell on Design 2018: A Modern Prefab takes Center Stage

At Dwell on Design 2018 Method Homes presented a custom prefab from their brand new Option Series, a design collaboration between Method and  Grouparchitect.  The house was thoughtfully staged by star interior designer Jennifer Farrell who utilized large, bold wall coverings and natural textures to create a truly organic modern experience.  The focal point of the main living space was a 5′ wide frameless modern fireplace by  Element4.  The Modore 140 MKII, linear direct-vent fireplace, featured a unique concrete style interior for an added textural appeal.

Watch the Video and Tour the Prefab…

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European Home – Interview with Fireplace Designer Eric Walden on the Colorado Style

An Interview with Business Owner and Fireplace Designer Eric Walden

Colorado is rapidly changing.  With a recent population boom comes new construction and with new construction comes innovative design.  Distinctive Mantel Designs, Inc. is situated right in the center of this design community.  While they are hardly the new kids on the block, this Denver fireplace and mantel company is going through some changes of its own.

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Plus FREE Tickets to European Home Event – Dwell on Design – in Los Angeles.

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European Home Shines at Millennium Tower Boston

Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 9.10.03 PMTake a penthouse tour of Boston’s newest Luxury Skyscraper on the 59th Floor Penthouse. Millennium Tower is a 684-foot residential skyscraper containing 442 units, but it’s so much more than that.  In this article we take you on an exclusive tour inside one of Millennium’s luxury penthouses in the clouds.  Roll your sleeves up in the premium kitchen, peek in on the marble-covered bathroom or get cozy in front of the vent-free H Series fireplace in the living room.

Click Here to take the tour.