Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2019

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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INDOORS or out, the appeal of gath- ering friends and loved ones around a roaring fire is strong. So it's not a surprise that requests for outdoor fireplaces and fire pits continues to grow at a rapid rate, according to remodelers from around the country. A recent Qualified Remodeler poll asked remod- elers to rank the most-requested outdoor living elements, and it found that fireplaces and fire pits were No. 5 behind outdoor essentials such as decks, shade structures, hardscapes/patios and outdoor kitchens. Thirty-four percent of remodelers cited fireplaces and fire pits. Eric Kent, owner and CEO of Archadeck of Charlotte, is one of those remodelers who sees the growing demand firsthand. "We introduced the idea of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits and cooking stations to our prospects and clients 12 years ago, and it has grown every single year since then." For Kent, offering a full range of outdoor living solutions—from designing and building three-sea- son rooms to patios and outdoor kitchens and everything in between—requires a breadth of knowledge across many different outdoor living categories. In the case of fireplaces and fire pits, the design considerations begin with clear direction from the building codes, particularly with respect to wood-burning fireplaces. Just Add Fire Codes, privacy, light and heat are all important design considerations for outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. by Patrick O'Toole Allowing ample room for seating (above) with the inclusion of a built-in masonry bench. Eric Kent and the Archadeck Charlotte team often top off an outdoor fireplace with a ruggedized outdoor television. Photos: Archadeck of Charlotte QR OUTDOORS 28 June 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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