Unique Ways to Hide a Heat Release on a Luxury Fireplace

All Ortal fireplaces require a heat release to be located within six inches of the top of the fireplace cavity, which is most often near the ceiling. An integral component of Cool Wall Technology, the heat release allows hot air to escape so that the wall surrounding the fireplace can stay cool to the touch. A cool wall enables creative freedom for designers to use a broader range of materials. It also allows homeowners to hang art or a TV above the fireplace without sacrificing function.

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Talking Points for Designers: Upgrading Clients with a Luxury Fireplace

The style of a fireplace can transform the aesthetic of a room, which is one reason many designers recommend upgrading to a luxury brand. A truly frameless look and high-end interior media with thoughtful design can make a world of difference, which is why it’s smart to include a luxury fireplace in the project budget from the beginning. Performance is another great reason to upgrade, especially for clients who want a functional unit that produces heat.

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How to Find the Most Efficient Direct Vent Gas Fireplace for Your Next Project

All types of clients, both commercial and residential, prioritize efficiency. Whether they are conscious of their consumption for environmental reasons or want to minimize overhead costs, specifying the most efficient direct vent gas fireplace can help them meet their goals. direct vent technology takes in combustion air from the outside and expels the exhaust outside while delivering heat to the surrounding space. 

Fireplaces that use this technology operate efficiently, consuming less fuel than other types of units. Of course, every manufacturer uses different systems for direct venting, so finding the most efficient one takes a little research.   

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Fireplace Safety: A Look at Ortal's Heat Barrier Solutions

Fireplace safety is an issue that designers, builders, and homeowners should always prioritize, which is why it’s a good idea to highlight some of the features that help keep your clients safe when helping them decide what type of fireplace is right for them. In addition to direct venting to maintain good air quality and a unique burner design for maximum efficiency, Ortal fireplaces also offer the latest advances in safety with two heat barrier options: micro-mesh and double glass. 

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Designers: Your Clients are Looking for these Luxury Home Interior Features

Whether you are designing a grand country house, an elegant suburban home, or a sophisticated condo in the city, your clients want certain luxury home interior features. Even if they don’t express it, they want people to walk into their homes and be impressed with their tasteful choices. They also want to be surrounded with fixtures and features that provide convenience and comfort, without compromising on style.

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How the ADA Impacts Interior Designers: Challenges and Opportunities

It’s hard to imagine a time when there were almost no accommodations for people with disabilities—in public spaces, homes, or transportation. Yet, many disabled people can still vividly remember the challenges of trying to get around and work in a world designed exclusively for the able-bodied people.

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Talking Points for Fireplace Dealers: Explaining the Benefits of Cool Wall Technology

Both designers and homeowners have plenty of options when selecting a fireplace. Aesthetics are, of course, a major factor, but many modern fireplace manufacturers offer similar-looking options for corner, tunnel, and space creator models. With so many contemporary fireplace options, it can be difficult for consumers to distinguish the differences between them. 

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7 Contemporary Fireplace Mantel Design Ideas for Interior Designers

For many people, when they envision a fireplace, the mantel above it is a key feature. It’s where keepsakes, family photos, and other decor are displayed. It’s a place where seasonal decorations come out of storage once a year to spark fond memories. In many homes, the mantel is the centerpiece of the room.

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Why Every Builder Should Have Their LEED Certification

Green building has shifted from being an emerging trend to a choice that the majority of people are making. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 57 percent of building owners plan to make their projects green by 2021. One reason for this is that tenants seek out LEED buildings because they provide value through lower operating costs and higher employee productivity and retention. LEED buildings also have a higher resale value, so they’re smart investments for your clients. 

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Feature Analysis: Finding The Best Gas Fireplace For Your Client

Once you’ve gone through the schematic design process and decided that your client wants to include a fireplace, you have to decide which model is right. Choosing the best gas fireplace for your design isn’t always easy. There are plenty of options available, and not all of them have the same features. Analyzing the following key features can help you come to a decision that both honors your design and ensures that your clients get exactly what they want.

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