Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2019

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Materials Both Kent and Wiener say that stone masonry and brick are the top choices among clients for the fire structures they build. They add a firmness and authenticity to the fireplace or fire pit. But other, lighter materials are oƁen called for when they are placed on top of decks that are perched on hillsides, Kent says. "Ninety percent of what we do is a stone fire- place or fire pit. Another 8 percent is going to be brick. Once in a while, someone asks us to con- struct something way up high because it is maybe up on their deck. In those cases, the exterior might be siding to match their home. You still have the safety of a firebox with a stainless-steel frame wrapped in cement board—from there we match it to the home. That is a very niche market. And it is a less expensive way of integrating a fireplace." Another design consideration involves accesso- ries near or installed with fireplaces. Pizza ovens are common, but Kent says he oƁen designs and spec- ifies the use of a ruggedized flat-screen television. "We are a dealer for Sunbright TVs. It is an all-weather outdoor TV, with a nonreflective screen that we integrate over the mantle so that you can watch your favorite sports show or movie at night while you are in front of the fire. Today, audio-video is part of that whole design process." significance in some of the projects that Wiener builds. Fire is decorative first and warming second. He's built out S-shaped enclosures with a string of curving burners. Gas burners are also placed in a linear fashion to accent a masonry wall. In addi- tion, non-burning fireplaces now use water vapor and LED lights to offer a very convincing fireplace look and feel. Importantly, these can be embedded in walls and in multiple locations to offer light and ambiance to dark, shadow-filled urban spaces. A linear-style gas fire pit anchors an outdoor living room seating area, at right, in the photo above. Wood-burning fireplaces can be built on porches and decks if the chimney is built 2 feet higher than the top of the home. One popular option is the inclusion of a pizza oven. Photo: SilverLining Inc. Photo: Archadeck of Charlotte QR OUTDOORS 30 June 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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