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What are the Costs of Using an Outdoor Fireplace in Maryland?

Posted in: Deck Design, patio design, fireplace, Contracting Questions, outdoor living, outdoor living spaces, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Thursday, March 02, 2017

burning stone fireplace in a screened porch backyard clifton virginia

Long-Term Costs of Operating an Outdoor Fire Feature in Bethesda, Maryland

Nothing provides quite the same blend of ambiance and function as an outdoor fire feature, but many people wonder about price. With so many fire features to choose from, which one is going to provide all the aesthetic beauty and functional warmth without breaking the bank?

This article compares three of the most common fire feature types: natural wood-burning fireplaces, biofuel fireplaces, and natural gas fires. For the sake of comparison, electric heaters are also included below. While not a traditional fire feature, they are a common alternative for those looking to heat their outdoor spaces.

Best 2017 Fire Pit Designs

Posted in: fireplace, deck add-ons, outdoor heaters, porch add-ons, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Porch and Deck Accessories, fire pit

James Moylan

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

EcoSmart backyard fire pit installation

6 Considerations for Building a Fire Pit in 2017

One of the most common add-ons for decks and patios is a fire pit. Whether it’s for the ambiance, the look, the functionality, or some combination thereof, backyard fire pits are extremely popular outdoor living space accessories in Maryland, Virginia, and the District. While there's no universal standard to what makes the most effective fire pit design, there are some guidelines you can discuss with your local deck contractor about pitfalls to avoid and possible issues to consider.

How to Introduce Fire Features into Your Design

Posted in: fireplace, interior design, outdoor living, Outdoor Fireplaces, EcoSmart Fireplaces, interior remodeling

James Moylan

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

EcoSmart Fire indoor fireplace with black tile, wood floor, and white walls

Fire Features: What to Consider before Deciding on a Final Design

When trying to introduce a fire feature into an outdoor living space, a number of issues need to be considered to ensure the end result is exactly what you’re looking for. From personal lifestyle preferences to the intended functionality of the fire feature, think through the following factors before you come to any final decision.

7 New Features and Ideas for a Screened Porch in Maryland or Virginia

Posted in: Screen Porch Questions, Deck Building Tips, Deck Building Questions, Deck Design, retractable screen porch, fireplace, design exercise, outdoor living, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces, Danver cabinets, outdoor kitchen cabinets, Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens, Danver cabinets in Maryland, Danver cabinets in Virginia, Brown Jordan Outdoor Cabinets, Infratech outdoor heaters, Infratech infrared heaters, Outdoor Fireplaces, outdoor accessories, EcoSmart Fireplaces, Trex Decking, Trex, fire pit, Outdoor Lighting, Phantom Retractable Screens, Outdoor Appliances

James Moylan

Friday, May 08, 2015

zuri decking screened porch at early sunset interior

Screened-in porches have come a long way from the rickety, drab structures where grandmothers used to read romance novels in rocking chairs.

Thanks to advancements in technology and design, some of the screened-in porches of today are surprisingly cool, with cutting-edge sound systems, sleek fire pits, and state-of-the-art grilling facilities.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Fireplace in a Screened-In Porch?

Posted in: Screen Porch in Northern Virginia, Screen Porch, Screen Porch in Maryland, fireplace, outdoor living, outdoor heaters, outdoor heating systems, Outdoor Fireplaces

James Moylan

Monday, January 19, 2015

wood screen porch with stone fireplace interior view

You’ve been dreaming of it for years: a gorgeous deck you can comfortably use in any weather. After choosing a screening system, whether its retractable or not, you'll need to decide on climate control measures. While outdoor ceiling fans are most common, you won't be able to enjoy the fall or winter months without installing an outdoor fireplace and/or electric outdoor heaters to keep you warm. Today we'll be discussing the ins-and-outs of outdoor fireplaces in the context of screened porches, screened-in decks, and covered patios.