As a focal point of any room, a luxury fireplace should be selected with care. Anything that doesn’t seamlessly blend with the space, in terms of both quality and design, will stand out, and not in a good way. By working closely with clients and manufacturers, you have the ability to select the luxury fireplaces that meet all of your clients’ needs. On the plus side, there are plenty of luxury fireplace options available—more than ever before. However, not all of them are created equally.Read More
Fireplace dealers are often the primary source of information for homeowners who have questions about whether to get a gas or wood fireplace. Of course, every homeowner has different needs and a unique vision for their home. Being prepared with answers to the most commonly asked questions will help you steer customers to the best fit for them.
The design and construction industry is constantly evolving, which is one reason professionals must continue to learn and grow throughout their careers. Design professionals who belong to the AIA must earn a certain number of continuing education credits to maintain their membership credentials. Many states also require continuing education to renew licenses, and for designers who are not yet licensed, some AIA credits may count toward the experience prerequisite.Read More
Many homeowners desire a space with a luxury fireplace as the focal point, especially when designing a new home. However, the limitations of conventional fireplaces can impact your ability to bring the design vision to life. Factors such as clearances and heat barriers can alter the intended design or prevent clients from using the space in the way they envision. For example, with a conventional fireplace, they might not be able to safely hang artwork or a television above it.
Cool Wall Technology opens up new possibilities, allowing you to design with more freedom. It also provides several long-term benefits to clients that go beyond the look and feel of luxury.Read More
Living room design has evolved over the decades from formal sitting rooms to a nexus of family entertainment to casual multipurpose rooms. One common thread throughout this evolution is that living room design is centered around creating spaces for people to gather. The elements in the space, finishes, and style of furniture all influence the look and feel of a living room. Whether the intent of the design is to create a strong first impression, to provide a cozy study space for the kids, to entertain guests, or all of the above, consider incorporating some of these five contemporary living room design ideas into your home.Read More
The fall season is upon us. The leaves are changing. There’s a chill in the air. It’s the perfect time to replace the inoperable fireplace that’s taking up precious wall space, or the outdated unit that long ago lost its luster.Read More
Architects and builders have trusted Ortal fireplaces for over three decades. That’s because we manufacture modern gas fireplaces that meet modern needs—fireplaces known throughout the world for their beauty, efficiency, and safety. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of an Ortal fireplace.Read More
Canadian winters are famous for being frigid. Unless you head west to the B.C. coast, you’re in for some bone-chilling temperatures. So, how do you keep the chill (and the boredom) at bay? How do you survive the winter with your toes and your sanity intact? It’s simple. You light a fire (or, at the very least, you find one). Here’s how to do it the right way.Read More
Interior design trends come and go, but the fireplace remains an eternal fixture of any gathering space. Of course, like all design elements, fireplaces evolve. Over the past few years, modern gas fireplaces have replaced traditional wood-burning models, and superior technology continues to break down design obstacles. So, what will the next five years bring? Here are a few up-and-coming trends in fireplace design.Read More