Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Acucraft’s Certified Gas Fireplace Line
Experience the Acucraft Difference with a BLAZE6, CIRCULAR4 or INFINITY certified gas fireplace, ready for any residential or commercial space. We don’t have a showroom or “off-the-shelf” products; each fireplace is made specifically for You and Your space, customized the way You want it. Each fireplace will provide You with the tallest flames on the market along with our Patent-Pending Glass Cooling System to ensure a safe-to-touch experience. Feel at ease knowing that Your fireplace is third-party tested to meet and exceed ANSI standards (ANSI Z21.50/CSA 2.22), in addition to our factory test, before being shipped directly to Your home or job-site. Work one-on-one with our Fireplace Advisors and Designers to turn Your dream fireplace into a reality!
The Blaze6 Series
The Blaze6 is a linear gas fireplace series with many different options to customize and make it Your own. With a viewing area of 72″ wide and 24″ tall, You’ll enjoy the ultimate view of the tallest flames on the market. The Blaze6 is available as a Single-Sided, See-Through, and our Patent-Pending Indoor/Outdoor. This series is an unbeatable fireplace for those looking for a commercial-grade, customizable, linear gas fireplace.
The Circular4 Fireplace
360° unobstructed views and a design that is sure to please the eye, a circular gas fireplace will be the focal point of Your space. The Circular4 certified gas fireplace will never go unnoticed and will never be forgotten; our highest and brightest flames portrayed in one of the most unique fashions. The Circular4 includes a viewing area that is 46.5″ wide and 47″ tall, enjoyable from every angle!
The Infinity Series
Acucraft’s Infinity Series is a stunning way to amplify Your space while also creating a captivating gathering place. Big or small, You’ll enjoy this four-sided, modern gas fireplace from anywhere in the room. Enhance Your space without sacrificing views; an Infinity fireplace allows for freedom of design. The Infinity comes in four different sizes to fit any space. Our most popular model is also the largest; the Infinity8 has a front and back viewing area of 96″ wide and 72″ tall with side viewing areas of 24″ wide and 72″ tall.
Each fireplace is inspired by You and designed to enhance Your space.
Looking for something truly unique? Create Your own one-of-a-kind custom gas fireplace. Our Fireplace Advisors and Designers will work with you one-on-one to make Your dream fireplace a reality.
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
At Acucraft, there is always something interesting being designed, crafted, and built. Today we took to the shop floor to see what projects were being worked on at the different stations.
Starbucks Custom Gas Fireplace
This massive Custom Gas Outdoor See-Through Fireplace is currently being welded by our expert craftsman, Anthony. The viewing area for this fireplace is an impressive 144” wide and 36” tall. After manufacturing is completed, this fireplace will be finished with matte, black paint and internally tested to ANSI standards. This amazing fireplace will soon be complete with tempered glass, a firescreen, and a mammoth, 10-foot driftwood log set combined with lava rock. It will then be shipped to a future flagship store for Starbucks in Washington for all coffee lovers to enjoy.
Residential Indoor Gas Fire Pit
Shop Leader, John, is currently welding a custom, circular gas fireplace. This fireplace, or indoor fire pit, will be partially open with 12” tall protective, windscreen glass. The circular hood for the indoor fire pit will be installed above the open flames. This unique, indoor fire pit will bring the feeling of a bonfire indoors by presenting a gorgeous, camp fire log set in its center, combined with the tallest gas flames on the market. This fireplace will soon be manufactured, painted, internally tested to ANSI standards, and ready to be shipped to a residential home in Wisconsin.
Geneva Commons Outlet Mall Gas Fireplace
Our master welder, Pat, is in the beginning stages of manufacturing this four-sided gas fireplace. This open fireplace will not have glass but will be accompanied with a firescreen on all sides. The front and back viewing areas measure 70” wide 26” tall. The sides are 46” wide and 26” tall. This outdoor fire feature’s base has been designed and is being built to fit into an already existing masonry structure. After manufacturing is complete, this model will be painted with matte, black paint, internally tested to ANSI standards, and then shipped off to an outlet mall in Illinois!
Residential Hearthroom Patina Finish
Our finishing specialist, Rob, is putting the final touches on a Hearthroom Wood Fireplace. Our optional Patina finish is applied using a 200-year-old recipe and technique. By heating the fronts and doors in an oven, spraying on the special mixture, and repeating the process several times, you produce a gorgeous coloring in the metal that will last a lifetime. After the patina is complete, this fireplace with a beautiful Japanese Brown Patina and Forged Design will be ready for its new home!
Denver Premium Outlet Mall Gas Fireplace
This Custom Gas Outdoor Fireplace is getting ready to go into the paint booth! This large fireplace is 92.5” wide, 44.5” tall, and 36” deep and is going to be shipped with an incredible 60” gas log set combined with lava rock. The stainless-steel burner and grate for the log set is over 200 pounds alone! After this fireplace is painted with matte, black paint, it will be internally tested for quality and safety to ANSI standards. It will then be shipped off to Denver, CO to be the centerpiece for an outdoor space at an outlet mall.
Residential Four-Sided Gas Fireplace
This residential gas fireplace was just painted and is waiting to be tested. Open on all sides with no glass, this will be an awe-inspiring fire feature for its future residential home. This fireplace has a front and back viewing area that measures 70” wide and 26” tall and side viewing areas that are 46” wide and 26” tall. This built-tough fireplace was designed and built to withstand an impressive amount of real, masonry stonework. A large, gas log set will be enjoyed from every angle. After being internally tested to ANSI standards, it will be shipped off to Wisconsin!
Residential Open Gas Fireplace
Our Testing Coordinator, Marshall, is getting ready to test this residential gas fireplace to ANSI standards. This custom, open, linear fireplace is designed with a 96” wide and 30” tall front viewing area and 24” wide by 30” tall right side viewing area. It will be complete with glass media and stones, a firescreen, and no front glass. After testing is complete, this gorgeous fireplace will be shipped off to Washington to be enjoyed for years to come!
Residential Wood Fireplace
This custom wood fireplace is going to create the ultimate romantic atmosphere for a master bedroom. This unique, linear fireplace has a viewing area that is 58” wide and 22” tall. This custom model is prepared to burn almost 4-foot logs for a burn that will be enjoyed without obstructions. It is coming standard with our gas knockout, which is used to convert a wood fireplace into a gas fireplace, if desired in the future. This model is ready to ship off to a home in Pebble Beach, California.
We love when clients or potential clients come to visit our shop and see what new fire products we are working on. We don’t have a showroom, but you can experience awesome fireplaces being built right before your eyes! If you are interested in visiting us, we are located in Big Lake, MN. There is always something new and exciting being designed and built at Acucraft.
Call today to meet with your Fireplace Advisor and Designer, take a tour through the shop, and brainstorm your own fireplace dreams!
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
According to Zillow.com, homes that are listed from April – May are sold nine days quicker and for nearly 1% more than the average listing. That prime selling time is quickly approaching. If you are getting ready to sell your current home, a fireplace can greatly add to your home’s value. Realtor.com has found that 60% of homebuyers list a fireplace as the Number One feature they want in their new home. We can help you decide on the type of fireplace, the locations (geographically and within your home) that can add the most value, and the features and benefits you can add to your home’s selling description.
59.6% of homebuyers are seeking a wood fireplace for their home and are willing to pay, on average, $5,000 more for a home that has one. (Angieslist.com) Depending on the location and type of home, a wood burning fireplace can be considered almost a necessity for a homebuyer. For instance, a home in a remote, wilderness location will almost need a wood fireplace due to frequent power outages and wood resources being readily available. However, even coastal luxury home trends are increasingly moving toward wood burning when it comes to fireplaces due to the “romance” feature that the crackling of wood can bring.
A wood fireplace brings the most value if it is in the “main” room of the home. This is the space that your family most often gathers in; the great room, family room, etc. You can heat the room that the fireplace is in and often beyond that, especially if you have an Acucraft fireplace in your home. If you are finding that buyers in your location aren’t seeking heat from a wood fireplace, our wood fireplaces comes standard with a gas knockout. Our gas knockout can convert your current wood fireplace into a gas fireplace that won’t heat your home as much or as quickly.
Although only 21.56% of homebuyers admitted that they prefer gas fireplaces (Angieslist.com), that number is on the rise. As gas fireplaces evolve, the younger generation of homebuyers are moving toward gas over wood due to simplicity of use and elegance brought to the space. And, similar to wood fireplaces corresponding to geographic location, gas fireplaces are almost considered a necessity depending on the location of the home, size, and base price. For example, luxury homes on the coast “need” to have several gas fireplaces in order to even be in the same realm of the homes in the same neighborhood.
Gas fireplaces are most popular in locations with warmer climates as they don’t offer as much heat output as a wood fireplace. And, unlike wood fireplaces, they are popular in more unique places in the home. Homebuyers love to see these fireplaces used as more d√©cor rather than as a heating unit. For instance, placing gas fireplace in your kitchen or bathroom can pique the interest of potential homebuyers. And gas fireplaces in every bedroom of luxury homes is also considered a “necessity.”
Interest in outdoor fireplaces are on the rise. Currently, 18.84% of homebuyers prefer an outdoor fireplace to any other type of fireplace (Angieslist.com). However, depending on how the fireplace is utilized, it can raise the value of your home over $15,000 (2016 Survey of Real Estate Agents). Extending your living space outdoors, especially in warmer climates, is extremely popular. Providing a patio with space for outdoor seating, a grill, and a fire feature can dramatically affect your home’s value. The popular “outdoor living” aspect is even on the rise in colder climates as well. This is true for gas and wood fireplace options as well as indoor/outdoor fireplaces.
Adding an “outdoor living” space to your home is seen by potential homebuyers as additional square footage. Although some older homebuyers may not see the value, the younger homebuyers know the potential. An outdoor fire burner, fire table, or fire pit is also the easiest fire feature to install and set up for a home; so it’s the easiest way to have fire increase your home’s value. Having this outdoor space combined with a fire feature is also considered a “must-have” when it comes to large, luxury homes.
Fireplaces Make A House A Home
Fireplaces in homes remain a hot commodity (no pun intended). Potential homebuyers know the value a fireplace can bring and take that into consideration when purchasing their next home. No matter what type of fireplace you have, where it is in your home, or where your home is located, it is also a “luxury” item that is high on homebuyers’ wish lists. Whether you are buying or selling, consider an Acucraft fireplace for your home. With unlimited fireplace options with wood, gas, and outdoor, you are sure to strike a cord in any potential or future homebuyer for your home.
Call Your Fireplace Advisor Today!
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
This year, the popular ABC series The Bachelor ran a four-episode spin-off of the show that ran in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. “The Bachelor Winter Games” is an international couple competition that had the perfect setting: a snowy Vermont ski resort called the Hermitage Club. The Hermitage Club is a luxurious 1,400-acre community of private residences located in the Green Mountains. Here, the contestants were able to go hot-tubbing, snow tubing, and, of course, skiing.
The Bachelor Winter Games Contestants
“‘The Bachelor Winter Games’ will unite the all-star cast at the Hermitage Club winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges, including the toughest sport of all – love.”
– Malory Carra – Bustle
Amongst the gorgeous snow drifted hills sits the main clubhouse of the Hermitage Club where the infamous Rose Ceremony of “The Bachelor Winter Games” took place. All the contestants stood anxiously in front of the largest wood burning fireplace in Vermont. This impressive, four-sided, gorgeous fireplace was the settings’ focal point for the finale of the spin-off.
The Bachelor Winter Games Rose Ceremony
This amazing fireplace is the perfect centerpiece to mirror this over-the-top ski resort. With massive doors on all sides that stand over 5’ tall and 5’ wide, this fireplace was sure to leave an impression on even the most discerning couples. The crackling from 10’ logs burning inside set the perfect romantic atmosphere for the Rose Ceremony. And, although many other spaces that were used to film the hit show were redecorated to the point of being nearly unrecognizable, the main lodge where the fireplace is featured remained essentially untouched. Save for a few Winter-Olympic-style lighting features.
The Hermitage Club House
Although the roses have been given to the winning couple and the camera crews have since cleared out, you can relive your guilty pleasure by spending the weekend at the now-famous resort yourself! Sit at the bar where the stars from The Winter Games drank the Hermitage’s signature cocktails. Ski the immaculate snow slopes of the Vermont mountains. Or, reenact your own Rose Ceremony with the love of your life in front of the gorgeous Acucraft custom wood fireplace.
Acucraft’s Largest Wood Burning Fireplace – The Hermitage Club
Create your romantic setting with your own custom wood fireplace!