Friday, March 29th, 2019
Gorgeous Residential Gas Fireplaces Takes a New Construction Home to the Next Level
Eduardo Muniz, General Contractor for Boston Best Construction, came to Acucraft looking for a fireplace for his new construction home that could fit between two load bearing walls while seamlessly combining his kitchen and living area. Originally Eduardo wanted to have a peninsula gas fireplace in this space, but due to the structural constraints a peninsula fireplace just wasn’t in the cards.
Mike, Fireplace Advisor, worked with Eduardo to find the perfect fireplace to fit his needs for his home: a 7′ Signature Series linear gas fireplace. Once Eduardo placed his order he worked closely with our Project Manager, Chad, to ensure his fireplace was manufactured and delivered on-time for his project.
Our Signature Series fireplaces are pre-designed and engineered to fit with any residential space and can be produced in as little as 6-8 weeks, and with our Fast Track options, we ensure you’ll receive your fireplace within your requested timeline.
As with any Acucraft fireplace, the Signature Series is made with only the highest quality materials and components providing you with a lifetime of safe, happy burning, which is backed by lifetime support from the Acucraft Service Team!
What Are You Waiting For? Get Started on Your Dream Fireplace Today!
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Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Two custom gas peninsula fireplaces were the perfect touch for the newly revamped third floor lounge of Fifth Street Towers in Minneapolis.
In an interview with Star Tribune, Reed Christianson, a principal at Transwestern, who is part of the leasing team for Fifth street stated: “We are just trying to rebrand and reposition the property to appeal to a wider variety of tenants.” The Fifth Street Towers were build in 1984 and 1988 and rise 25 & 36 stories tall; even after a $2 million renovation in 2013 the buildings still need a major redesign. Some of the new amenities in the towers include: a new conference center, gym, lounge, a rooftop deck, and the wellness center has rooms for nursing mothers as well as “nap pods.”
Acucraft worked with Shea Design, IMEG (formerly LKPB Engineers, Inc.) and MP Johnson to bring two gorgeous peninsula fireplaces to the Fifth Street Towers renovation.
Jordan, Project Coordinator at Shea Design came to Acucraft in late December 2016: “I’m looking to do a custom commercial indoor fireplace, two actually. I’m not quite sure where to start except that it should have glass on all sides and will need a flue.” Fireplace Advisor, Jill worked with Jordan to get all of the project details, and find the perfect fireplace for their space. Originally, the designers & architects had been inspired by a four-sided glass fireplace Acucraft had designed & manufactured for a multi-million dollar home in Tiburon, CA. After running through the logistical details and flue run, the team decided that two 3-sided peninsula fireplaces would be a better fit for their space.
After deciding upon their fireplace design, and placing their order, the Shea Design team was then handed over to skilled Fireplace Designer, Robin to walk through the exact needs for the fireplaces. Robin worked hand-in-hand with the project architect, Erica, as well as the Principal Mechanical Engineer at LKPB Engineers, Inc, Michael to ensure the fireplace design met their expectations while also maintaining our safety standards as well as the city standards. Once all of the specifications and details were finalized, Robin provided the team with a full submittal for approval, including: a custom fireplace manual, drawings, and fireplace components & specifications.
Upon submittal approval from MP Johnson, the two fireplaces then went into production and testing before making their way to the Fifth Street Towers to be installed. The MP Johnson team chose to have an on-site with one of Acucraft’s Fireplace Designers to help guide the installation process and ensure all components were calibrated and working properly.
The tenants at Fifth Street Towers can agree that the renovation has been a complete success and everyone has been enjoying cozying up to the peninsula fireplaces in the 3rd floor lounge both for work & pleasure! Martin Williams Advertising in particular are enjoying all of the amenities Fifth Street Towers has to offer!
Get started on your own fireplace project today by requesting a free quote!
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Modern Wood Fireplaces
When most people hear the term wood burning fireplace they automatically envision cozying up next to a traditional stone fireplace while enjoying the crackle and pop of burning wood. But what if you could enjoy that same ambiance in a modern setting? Wood fireplaces aren’t just for cabins or heating your home anymore!
THE UNITY SERIES: Clean-Faced Wood Burning Fireplaces
If you love the look of a modern gas fireplace but want to have a wood fireplace in your home, then our UNITY Series of fireplace could be the perfect fit for your space. The UNITY Series of wood fireplaces is the first clean-faced fireplace eliminating lower louvers and top heat vents providing you with a clean, modern feel while still providing you with supplemental heat.
The UNITY Series comes in three sizes: 36″, 44″ and 48″ and are available in single-sided, see-through or patent-pending indoor/outdoor with rectangular or arched fronts and single or double doors. Choose from an array of finishing options to fully customize your fireplace to the design of your space. Just like with any Acucraft wood fireplace, you have the option to take the heat produced by the fireplace and vent it back into your space for supplemental heat, or vent it outside if you prefer ambiance only.
At Acucraft, we want your fireplace to be exactly what you’re looking for; we offer an array of finishing options for your wood fireplace to fit seamlessly within your space.
Front & Door Package Options Include:
Not sure what wood fireplace would fit with your space?
Our Fireplace Advisors can help find the perfect solution for you.
Get inspired by downloading a copy of our Wood Product Catalog or talk with a Fireplace Advisor: 888-317-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Adding a traditional wood burning fireplace or a modern gas fireplace can increase the value of your home.
If you ask anyone what they’d like in their dream home, undoubtedly next to granite countertops, walk-in closets, and a home theater, a luxury fireplace is probably high on their list. Fireplaces have been staples in home design for centuries, first as a means of heating the home and more recently as an aesthetic choice too.
But can a fireplace really increase the value of a home? Well if you ask homebuyers as this survey did, they’ll tell you that fireplaces are a sought-after feature for them, with 40% of respondents saying they’d pay extra. In addition, when asked the same question, 70% of realtors stated that they see a price increase for homes with a gas fireplace or wood burning fireplace. Why is this? Here are a few ways fireplaces can increase a home’s economic, design, energy, and personal value.
As with other features of a home like countertop materials, room size, and more, fireplaces, especially those with a striking modern design like a see through fireplace, can add a premium touch that the final price of the home reflects. Along with other home enhancements and features, according to one study, a fireplace can add up to 12% to a home’s final value. And, when you work with a with a custom fireplace company, you can design the exact fire feature your home needs.
Energy Saving Value
Just as fireplaces were essential for in-home heating centuries ago, they can still prove valuable in warming a home today. Running a central heating system throughout the winter and colder months can be expensive for homeowners, but with a modern fireplace, they can curb those costs. The best custom fireplace manufacturers can design fireplaces that work in conjunction with the home’s heating ducts and vents, spreading the natural heat of the fire throughout the house. This means that rather than all of the heat focused in the living room, or wherever the fireplace is, everyone can enjoy the fireplace’s warmth wherever they are in the home.
Aesthetic and Design Value
These days there are hundreds of style choices for fire features that can add a unique and modern artistic flair to any home. For example, a see through fireplace puts all of the focus on the flames as they sit front and center in the room depending on the placement. Typically, these fireplaces will have multiple sides with some even connecting an indoor with an outdoor space for a seamless look. If a more classic or even rustic wood burning fireplace is more what you have in mind, that’s all right too. Just be sure to partner with a trusted, experienced custom fireplace manufacturer as their team can work with you to bring your vision to life.
Finally, fireplaces are an amenity that people can experience and enjoy together. Fire is and has been a natural gathering point for people for thousands of years, and with a fireplace in a living room, you and your and guests will naturally gravitate towards it. While home buyers are viewing homes, when they see a fireplace, they immediately begin thinking of spending countless hours curled up and enjoying its warmth, which can play a major role in encouraging them to purchase. Fireplaces and fire features are here to stay. Home builders and buyers agree: A house with a fireplace is more valuable than one without—in so many ways.
Two custom gas fireplaces take this Tiberon, CA to the next level
In 2015, Architect, David (David Kotzube Architecture) and Lowell Strauss (Amalfi West) came to Acucraft looking for a luxury see through gas fireplace for the master bedroom/bathroom in a new multi-million dollar investment home they were building in Tiburon, CA. They were looking for a fireplace that would add to their modern simplistic aesthetic, and mix well with the seamless indoor/outdoor feel of the home. Fireplace Advisor, Mike, and Fireplade Designer, Robin, worked with David and Lowell to find the perfect gas fireplace for their new property: a custom 3 sided gas fireplace which seamlessly brought together the master bath and bedroom.
After receiving their see through gas fireplace, they were so elated with it that they decided to add a show-stopping 8′ four sided glass gas fireplace with a 24″ open reveal. Lowell was inspired by another Acucraft 4-sided gas fireplace, which also happens to be one of our most popular models. Lowell wanted this fireplace to be glass-on-glass (without unsightly corner supports) so it wouldn’t obstruct the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. Thanks to Acucraft’s design team, Lowell’s fireplace was full supported from the ceiling with suspended glass giving him the window to the outside that he was looking for.
Not only was Lowell satisfied with his fireplaces, according to local news reports his home set records when it closed at $13 million; the largest reported sale in the last 10 years! We are so happy that Lowell and his team were pleased with their fireplaces; we look forward to working on more projects together in the future.
We love working with our customers to make their dream fireplaces a reality. Get started on your own fireplace project today with a free quote and consultation with one of our knowledgeable Fireplace Advisors!
888-317-6499 | INFO@ACUCRAFT.COM
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Four Seasons Resort Custom Fireplace
If you’ve ever visited a Four Seasons Resort you know they are filled with only the finest products and have some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Acucraft was fortunate to be chosen as the manufacturer for a custom outdoor fireplace for their new Outlaw Taproom at the Dallas, TX resort. As a luxury fireplace manufacturer, Acucraft has worked with many hospitality companies including: The Ritz, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels and more.
Todd Hart, Commercial Contractor at Newland Interiors LLC, came to Acucraft looking for an outdoor gas fireplace for a new project, the Outlaw Taproom at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, TX. Todd was on a tight timeline for this project and wanted a unique outdoor fireplace that had an large open viewing area and a huge flame for this new modern and rugged saloon where guests of the resort could enjoy innovative craft cocktails, local Texas beer and the sounds of Janis Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughn next to a rustic fireplace on their covered patio.
Todd was looking for an open gas fireplace that could tie together the rustic ambiance of an 1800’s reclaimed cypress fireplace mantle with the modern black-marble bar of the saloon. Fireplace Advisor, Ben, worked hand-in-hand with Todd to come up with the perfect fire solution for this space. Fireplace Designer, Robin, worked one-on-one with Todd to bring his open gas fireplace with huge flames and a mammoth logset to life.
OPEN GAS FIREPLACE
One of the most unique attributes of this fireplace is it’s 84″W x 48″H open and unrestricted viewing area. Not many manufacturers are able to design and produce open gas fireplaces, which is one of the many fireplace designs Acucraft has mastered. All of our open fireplaces are fully equipped with an automatic draft control system and power venting for safety.
The Four Seasons also wanted this fireplace to have all visible steel be Corten to match the rustic atmosphere of the taproom. Corten steel has grown in popularity and provides a weathered rust-like appearance to the steel which in turn becomes a protective coating. In addition to the Corten finish, the interior of the firebox was lined with heavy expanded metal mesh for custom brick to be installed by the customer.
CUSTOM DRAWINGS and MANUAL
Once Todd approved his final fireplace drawings our Engineering Services team prepared a full submittal, including custom installation manual, for him to review and approve. From there his fireplace went into production, was tested in our internal test lab, and was shipped to the Four Seasons in Dallas, TX.
It was a pleasure working with Todd and the Newland Interiors team; we look forward to future projects and hope everyone at The Outlaw Taproom and Four Seasons Resort – Dallas are able to enjoy their fireplace!
“My experience with Acucraft has been great. I think you guys are very organized and seem always on-hand for any assistance. The overall design of the fireplace looks great and fits well with the owner’s own vision. I appreciate the call and hope that we have another chance to work together on a future project. I’ll be sure to let you know if we need more help getting another fireplace designed and produced.” -Todd Hart, Newland Interiors LLC
Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Koi Images and Events.