Qualified Remodeler Magazine

NOV 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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are required to be buried 18 inches and must be wrapped inside of an approved conduit. Je Titus, owner of Titus Built, LLC, in West Redding, Connecticut, reiterated many of the same low- and high-volt- age considerations cited by Parramore and Carlomagno. And like Harrell Remodeling, his company is seeing a growing demand for large-scale outdoor living spaces, particularly those with covered spaces because of a colder eastern climate. For one recent project, a three-seasons room was added to a grand-old mansion. It was designed to create living space that transitions from an outdoor pool area to the inside of the home. …e room looks as if it is fully out†tted living room—and it is. "I was hoping they would opt for glass to be added in- stead of just screens, so they could occupy the space almost year-round," Titus says. "But they only wanted screens." For Titus, a room like this naturally lends itself to natural light via skylights. …ose are complemented by a series of "can" LED lights controlled by a dimmer. A central focus of the room is a dramatic direct-connect gas †replace, which creates ambience and throws o heat when the temperatures drop after dark. For the Harrell team, wood-burning †repits are a natural source of heat, but they are not permissible in California due to air-pollution standards. So their rec- ommended heat sources are those that can be supplied by propane tanks or via a direct gas-line connection. …e gas lines require permits and plumbers. Propane can be used "When it comes to structures that you might dine under, ambient lighting is more important. …at's where a post can support a wall-mounted †xture or sconce, and the lattice or top of the trellis can support recessed lights in the beam," Parramore says. "And further on from there, some people might string holiday lights up above. Sometimes they're called bistro lights or market lights. So there are a variety of ways that those spaces for outdoor entertaining are lit up." In recent years, the color range of low-voltage LED op- tions have grown dramatically. …ese low-voltage options also have the added bene†t of not requiring permits and can be installed by anyone. Low-voltage wires need to be buried only 4 inches in depth, while high-voltage wires An enclosed courtyard by Harrell features a range of high- and low-voltage decorative lighting. This fire bowl option is shown in a Harrell Remodeling outdoor project. A Titus Built LLC project features electric linear heat lamps recessed into the ceiling of a covered patio. Photo: Dean J Birinyi Photography Photo: Jennifer Donahue, 2018 Photo: Dean J Birinyi Photography QR OUTDOORS 46 November 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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