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How to Warm Up Your Outdoor Space This Winter

With Halloween past and Thanksgiving coming quick, it is the season for entertaining. More people travel for Thanksgiving than almost any other time of the year and a fair majority of these people are gathering together with family for holiday festivities. A few fortunate homeowners have enough space for their visitors. A few can head outside to patios when space gets crowded. What do you do when your house is getting cramped, but temperatures are frigid outside? Don’t worry! There are ways to warm up your outdoor space this winter.

Fire Features

Outdoor fire pitThe most popular options for outdoor patios, pool-sides, and gardens are fire. Homeowners love fireplaces, and they don’t have to be inside. A fireplace can complement the aesthetic of your home on the inside, an outside fire feature can complement much more. You can choose a fire pit with a stone finish that matches the tones of your house, choose a chimenea that accentuates the shrubbery in your landscape or the curling vines in your garden, or pick a custom fire table that doubles as a table at dinnertime. When you’re looking to add a fire feature to your outdoor space, make sure you work within your city’s laws and codes. You should also choose the best fuel type for your needs. If you have a source for firewood, you may choose a wood fire. If it’s quick and convenient you want, gas is the better option. Whatever you choose, make sure you contact a certified dealer for your appliance and hire a licensed contractor to install it.

Patio Heaters and Lamps

Even if you have a fire feature such as a fireplace, fire pit, or chimenea, you may still need extra heat for your outdoor space. Depending on your budget, there are many possibilities. Portable patio heaters usually burn propane and can be moved as needed, but many homeowners dislike them because they can be unattractive and impossible to hide. There are electric tower heaters that are less ostentatious but have to stay plugged into an outlet. For short periods these may be the best option. However, a more permanent heat source that can remain hidden year-round is a heater that is mounted onto walls or beneath patio roofing. Because of the incredible amount of heat they generate, an outside wall-mount or built-in should only be installed by a certified professional. Infratech is a brand of outdoor heaters that uses infrared energy to create a direct wavelength of light that carries heat with it. The heat from an Infratech patio heater will reach your guests and will not blow away in windy or drafty conditions. You can choose between a heater that emits light or one that emits none at all while still producing the heat your outdoor gathering needs.

Heated Floors and Rugs

Most of the heat that leaves your body goes through the head and the feet. In the same way, your guests will feel warmer when their feet are warmer. You can add warmth to your outdoor space with rugs on stone and concrete patios and even add radiant heating to deck floors. Radiant heat is growing in popularity not just for keeping guests comfortable, but also for melting snow throughout winter months. If you’re interested in heated flooring for your outdoor space, it’s important to do your research and talk with a professional as you plan.

Heated Pools and Spas

Most homeowners opt to clean and give their poolside a rest for the winter months. If you can turn your summer pool into a heated pool for the winter your guests will enjoy it! This may be the most expensive way to add heat to your outside space because there is a lot of water to heat! One way to cut costs is to use solar power to heat your pool by day and still enjoy it by night. On a smaller scale, you can invest in a hot tub for the same effect. They require less maintenance, less water, and less heating costs. Make sure you utilize patio heaters so no one gets too cold on the way back into the house!

Warm Atmosphere

Like putting down a rug or throwing on a light blanket, sometimes it’s the illusion of warmth that can warm your guests. When all else fails, add some light. Warm, yellow lights bathing over your outdoor space will add a warmth that has nothing to do with temperature. It is the type of warmth that is a product of comfort. The same can be accomplished by bringing out blankets, fur throws, cushions, and pillows. Make your guests comfortable and it’ll warm them from the inside out.

You don’t have to freeze out your guests this winter, and you don’t have to cram them all into your house either. Warm-up your outdoor space with fire features, outdoor heaters, heated floors, pools, and spas, and more.

You can also help to create a less windy, drafty space by creating a space with walls and curtains to hold in all the heat. IBD Outdoor Rooms sells high-quality pergolas and pavilions that will bring any outdoor space together with quality and style.

Find out more about turning your outdoor fantasy into reality this season by calling IBD Outdoor Rooms at 704-960-4530.

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Outdoor Wood-Burning Fireplaces Are Terrific!

Do you have good memories of sitting around by the campfire as a kid? Does the smell of burning wood take you back to those days? Not only is it nice to be reminded of those times, It can be very relaxing to unwind at the end of the day in front of a wood-burning fire in your backyard. If this sounds good to you, IBD Outdoor Rooms can easily turn this into your reality by installing an outdoor wood-burning estate fireplace by your patio, on your deck or porch, or as a free-standing gathering place in your yard. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of adding this kind of fireplace to your outdoor living space.

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THE SENSORY EXPERIENCE

If you love the sounds of crackling wood and the smell of it burning, you already know how much a wood-burning fireplace can improve any atmosphere. For fans of wood-burning fires, a gas fireplace cannot take the place of the sensory experience of burning wood. You might not be happy with an outdoor gas fireplace if you prefer burning wood.

LESS EXPENSIVE TO INSTALL

Adding a wood-burning fireplace to your outdoor living area is much less expensive than adding a gas one, especially if you do not have gas lines. It can be quite costly to install gas lines from your gas main to your outdoor fireplace, according to Do It Yourself. Wood-burning fireplaces are also cheaper to construct, so you will be saving money by adding an outdoor wood fireplace instead of an outdoor gas fireplace.

CHEAPER FUEL

The price of natural gas continues to rise, which can be concerning if you live on a budget. When you do not know how much the cost of gas will be from one month to the next, it makes it hard to set aside an amount of money to pay your gas bill. One of the best things about burning wood is that firewood is relatively inexpensive, and if you have access to it, you can even cut your own firewood for free.

Although a wood-burning outdoor fireplace does require a bit more maintenance such as cleaning up ashes and storing firewood, the benefits can definitely outweigh these drawbacks. If you would like to add a wood-burning fireplace to your outdoor living space, contact us at IBD Outdoor Rooms. Our staff is happy to tell you all about the options we have to give you the outdoor fireplace of your dreams.

Go with Gas for Your Outdoor Fireplace

If you are planning to enhance your backyard with an outdoor fireplace, we at IBD Outdoor Rooms would like to tell you why we recommend installing a gas-fueled fireplace. Although a wood-burning fireplace is less expensive to install, the disadvantages to having one outside can outweigh the initial cost. Wood-burning fireplaces involve a lot of cleaning chores, including removing ashes from the firebox, sweeping up the residue of ashes and embers outside the fireplace, and professional sweeping of the chimney to remove hazardous and combustible creosote deposits. With a gas fireplace, you will not have to spend so much time cleaning. And, if you already have a gas line connected to your home, the installation of a gas fireplace will not be so expensive. Here is why we feel a gas-fueled appliance is the best choice for your outdoor fireplace.

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The Convenience of a Gas-Fueled Outdoor Fireplace

As mentioned above, one of the major benefits of a gas fireplace over a wood-burning one is not having a list of cleaning chores before, during, and after a fire. You will not have to waste energy by hauling firewood to the fire to get your flame going because all you will have to do with a gas fireplace is push a button or flip a lever to ignite a fire. With a wood-burning outdoor fireplace, you can spend a lot of time building and trying to light a fire. If you install a gas outdoor fireplace, you will not have to worry about losing time in front of the fire because it is so easy to start, even on a windy day.

The Environmentally-Friendly Nature of a Gas Outdoor Fireplace

In some cities, you cannot even burn a wood fire outdoors because of its pollution-filled smoke. With a gas-fueled fireplace, you will have a clean burning fire with few emissions. Additionally, since a gas fire produces very little smoke, you and your family and friends will not have to deal with breathing in a lot of smoke. If you have ever sat around a wood-burning fire outside, you know how much smoke it produces and how a lot of that smoke can end up blowing towards you. You do not have to worry about your clothes smelling like a campfire when you sit around a gas-fueled outdoor fireplace.

The Easy Maintenance of a Gas Outdoor Fireplace

Since no wood is involved, you will not have to be concerned with large deposits of creosote forming and sticking to the walls of your inner chimney. A highly flammable compound, creosote develops naturally as part of the wood-burning process. With a gas outdoor fireplace, you will not have to worry about scheduling multiple professional chimney cleanings to remove creosote. However, IBD Outdoor Rooms does recommend you have your gas fireplace system inspected and serviced once a year.

The Options of a Gas Outdoor Fireplace

If you do not have a natural gas connection at your home, you do have another option. Propane gas fireplaces are ideal for the outdoors, and according to HGTV, a propane fireplace is more efficient and can be moved to different locations. IBD Outdoor Rooms help you decide if a natural gas or propane fireplace is a better choice for you.

Have questions about installing a gas outdoor fireplace? Contact IBD Outdoor Rooms to find out more about the ease and convenience of a gas-fueled fireplace.

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Let’s Talk Pavilions

The perfect outdoor addition that adds value and beauty to your home and offers a place of relaxation, leisure, and enjoyment  -- a pavilion.

The perfect outdoor addition that adds value and beauty to your home and offers a place of relaxation, leisure, and enjoyment — a pavilion.

One of the newest trends in outdoor living, pavilions are popping up in backyards all across the country. A way to add an open outdoor room to your home, a pavilion gives your family a focal point to enjoy the outdoors, and it increases the value of your home. At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we can customize pavilions to be any size or shape to your taste, and we also build pergolas as well, so you have many choices of styles and shapes from which to choose. Increase the value of your house while creating a space for your family and friends to bond outdoors by contacting IBD Outdoor Rooms today to talk to us about building a pavilion or pergola in your yard.

Pavilion or Pergola?

You may be wondering what the difference is between a pavilion and a pergola. A pavilion is usually open (although it can be enclosed with screen or glass), sometimes ornamental, and is used as a place of recreational shelter and entertainment. A pergola generally is a structure made of parallel columns supporting an open and flat roof of cross rafters and girders. Whichever style you choose, IBD Outdoor Rooms can customize the perfect pavilion or pergola to exactly how you would like it to look, using whatever wood you choose. We have both post options, including the standard Douglas fir post, Black Locust Bark posts, Hand Hewn posts, and Milled with Draw Knife finish posts, and rafter and roof options, including convex cove rafter tails, Appalachian rafter tails, bullnose rafter tails, cove rafter tails, German S rafter tails, German cover rafter tails, cross hatch tops, twigs for tops, Spanish moss, thatch roofing, roof decking, and cedar shake shingles.

Pavilion Designs

If you need some design ideas for your pavilion, Better Homes and Gardens has an article, “Pool House and Pavilion Ideas” that will inspire you to create your dream pavilion or pergola. One idea features a pavilion that matches the decor of the home by painting the structure to match the color of the home. A large, airy pavilion, it features latticework screening for privacy and includes a dining set with a large chandelier to be enjoyed at all times. Another idea calls for screening in the roofed pavilion to protect you and your family from insects while you enjoy your time eating and relaxing in your private escape. A third, very large pavilion provides two separate areas: one includes an outdoor fireplace, which can be easily installed by IBD Outdoor Rooms, and the other space is reserved as a dining area. There is even a glass-roofed pavilion that is laminated to filter in sunlight, painted in a light color to reflect the sun to keep the room cool and airy, and features an outdoor grill nestled in the wall that separates it from the patio. As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing your perfect pavilion.

We at IBD Outdoor Rooms want to build you the pavilion or pergola of your dreams. Contact us today to talk to our qualified staff about planning your customized outdoor structure. We will walk you through the entire process, from planning to building.

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Tell Me About Wood Fired Ovens

Give your taste buds a treat. Get wood fired oven installed in your outdoor kitchen.

Give your taste buds a treat. Get wood fired oven installed in your outdoor kitchen.

Whenever we meet a food-loving client who’s interested in creating or updating their outdoor room, our first thought is: Wood Fired Oven. If you’re really into cooking — or eating — a wood fired oven not only gives you a whole new world of culinary options, it makes your outdoor living space that much more beautiful and functional, too.

At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we specialize in installing and designing unique and custom-completed wood fired ovens that suit our clients’ preferences, space and plans to the letter. We start with factory-built modular components, completing a basic size and shape that meets your taste and needs, go through add-ons that made your oven that much more fine-tuned to what you like and how you plan to use it, and then we finish it to become a gorgeous (and durable) part of your home. We absolutely love to design and install outdoor fireplaces, but if you really want to stretch your gastronomic legs, a wood fired oven brings warmth and charm with flexibility to make tons of amazing meals as a bonus.

What Kind Of Cooking Can We Do In A Wood Fired Oven?

Lots of folks think wood fired ovens are specifically for pizza. That’s partially true — you can make some amazing pizza in your oven, since the best pizza crust really needs to be cooked up crisp quickly and at super high heat, which a wood fired oven does exceptionally well. But your cooking options certainly don’t stop at pizza. Bake bread, roast vegetables and meats, make salmon steaks that’ll wow dinner guests, stews, sandwiches, desserts… Just about anything you might make in your regular oven can be made in your wood fired oven, and we might be biased, but we think everything comes out even better. Plus, when you’re entertaining, you don’t end up running in and out while everyone’s enjoying each other’s company in your outdoor room.

Can My Wood Fired Oven Serve As A Fireplace Too?

Absolutely — you don’t have to cook in it to enjoy it. You can still circle around and enjoy the warmth and ambience, maybe make some s’mores if you felt moved to. A wood fired oven is kind of like having the best of both worlds — a fireplace when you want it, an oven to cook in when you want that too.

Can A Wood Fired Oven Be Part Of An Outdoor Kitchen?

Your wood fired oven can be the centerpiece of a complete outdoor kitchen, absolutely — and we also specialize in designing and building outdoor kitchens at IBD. We can help develop a kitchen island that perfectly suits your needs, whether that’s really basic or just as fleshed-out with amenities as your indoor kitchen. Just tell us what your vision for an outdoor kitchen is, and we’ll help make it happen!

Do you have any questions about wood fired ovens or how they might fit into your outdoor-room vision? We’d love to talk you through it. Just give IBD Outdoor Rooms a call!

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