Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Acucraft Employee Spotlight: Meet Mackenzie
That chipper voice you hear on the other end of the phone when you call Acucraft? That’s Mackenzie, Sales Support Specialist!
As one of the many heartbeats of Acucraft, Mackenzie is the first point of contact for most of our customers. Mackenzie, also know as “Kenzie,” “Kenz,” and many other pet names, joined the Acucraft team in Fall 2018. As a former cheerleader, Kenzie has infectious laugh and exudes positivity. With her she’s brought a high level of customer service, a can-do attitude, and a love of bunnies! Yes, that’s right, Kenzie LOVES bunnies.
Kenzie’s love of helping people brought her to charity work; she currently holds the title of Community Outreach Manager for Bunny Besties, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mental health within the Twin Cities community by incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI) into programs that provide support to those in need. Both Kenzie and Bunny Besties have been featured in MN’s local newspaper: The Star Tribune, and local news channels: Kare11, KSTP, and WCCO. Bunny Besties has even been featured in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal!
Founded in 2014, Bunny Besties has made their way across Minneapolis and St. Paul “…helping students pet away worry and stress, helping homeless children enjoy a novel break in their day and helping patients and families deal with illness and end of life transitions.”
Mackenzie herself owns two floppy-eared friends: “Mercedes Bunz” and “Harrison Furd.” As queen of puns, we weren’t surprised by these oh-so-cute names, or the fact that her bunnies visited Santa last year to explain why they deserved extra treats for Christmas!
We are so thankful to have Mackenzie as part of our team, thank you Mackenzie for all you do for us!
-The Acucraft Family
“My favorite part about working at Acucraft is the people. Working in a family-like culture where everyone genuinely cares about each other is very rewarding!”
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
The Signature Series: The Most Versatile Linear Gas Fireplace
Originally used for warmth and cooking meals, fireplaces have come a long way and are now one of the most sought after features of home owners. Adding a sleek, modern gas fireplace to your home can not only add value to your home, but will provide you with the perfect space for gatherings with friends and family.
The Signature Series of linear gas fireplaces are the perfect fit for any residential space. Choose from 4′, 5′, 6′, 7′ or 8′ viewing areas in single-sided, see-through or indoor/outdoor. The Signature Series was designed for the residential consumer based on your needs and desires. Not only will you get to enjoy the tallest flames on the market, but you can enjoy your fireplace open or sealed using our 10 Minute Conversion Kit. That’s right, take your fireplace from sealed, protecting precious little hands, to open, impressing your guests at your next party or celebration.
Incorporating your fireplace into your home is seamless with our frameless finish and countless media and customization options; creating the fireplace of your dreams is at your fingertips. Combine your living and dining rooms with a Signature Series see-through gas fireplace, or effortlessly transition your indoor living area with your outdoor with a Signature Series indoor outdoor gas fireplace.
Customize your fireplace with a custom made driftwood log set, river rock, crushed glass media, LED lighting and more. Don’t have a lot of room? No problem, the Signature Series doesn’t require complicated venting, no special framing requirements, and doesn’t even call for unappealing vents other fireplaces require. Built with only the highest quality materials providing you with a lifetime of safe and happy burning!
We wanted to provide our customers with as many options as possible and different ways to enjoy their fireplace; the Signature Series is the only linear gas fireplace on the market that can be converted from sealed to open or open to sealed within 10 minutes. Each fireplace comes with a 20″ tall viewing area in sizes 4′ – 8′. Looking for something more expansive? Our BLAZE Series of commercial gas fireplaces come in 6′ – 16′ sizes with 24″ or 30″ tall viewing areas; or custom design your own fireplace with our expert Fireplace Designers!
What are you waiting for? Your dream fireplace is only a click away!
(888)317-6499 | INFO@ACUCRAFT.COM
**Don’t miss out on saving $1,000 on ANY Signature Series fireplace system through April 30th, 2019!**
“I have this fireplace and its the best investment we did in our new construction home…everyone loves it!”
-Eduardo Muniz, Boston Best Construction
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Spring is the perfect time of year to spruce up your outdoor patio with an outdoor fire feature!
Don’t miss out on endless conversations due to the cool spring evenings; your Acucraft outdoor fireplace, fire table, fire pit or custom outdoor burner will keep you and your friends & family warm so you can enjoy those precious moments. Your outdoor fire feature can be customized to fit seamlessly within your outdoor space, from size to style and nearly endless finishing options, we’re certain we’ll find the perfect unit for you.
Let’s Talk Outdoor Fire Style
Customize your outdoor living experience by choosing one of Acucraft’s popular outdoor fire styles:
- Custom Outdoor Burners: Uniquely designed burners that come in all configurations and sizes, including an all-weather ignition system and multiple flame height options.
- Custom Outdoor Fire Tables & Fire Pits: Free standing, fully built enclosures with Acucraft burners, made with stainless steel components to withstand the elements.
- Custom Outdoor Fireplaces: Fully assembled gas burning outdoor fireplaces designed specifically for your space – enjoy the traditional ambiance of a fireplace, outdoors!
Looking for more traditional ambiance from your outdoor fire feature? We’ve got you covered, Acucraft can design & manufacture an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or fire pit for any space, giving you the earthy smell of burning wood and the classic hiss & crackle of a wood flame.
Let’s Talk Flame Height
Not only to get to reap the benefits of our All-Weather-Electronic-Ignition System (AWEIS); which ensures operation in rain, wind and snow so you can enjoy your outdoor space year-round; but Acucraft’s outdoor fire solutions also come with flame heights ranging from XL 8″-12″ to 3XL 18″-24″!
Outdoor Fireplaces – Taking outdoor enjoyment to the next level
Impress customers and guests alike with a custom outdoor fireplace. Every outdoor fireplace is made with 100% stainless steel components and comes with our All Weather Electronic Ignition System (AWEIS) ensuring your fireplace will run in nearly any weather condition. Our outdoor fireplaces are custom designed to fit your needs and specifications and to add ambiance to any outdoor space, giving your guests or customers a place to gather.
Leave a lasting impression with Fire & Water combined
Not only can you impress your friends or customers with an Acucraft outdoor fire feature, but you can now combine water & fire! Take it one step further with an Acucraft outdoor submersible fire feature combining water & fire. The Submersible Electronic Ignition System (SUBEIS) is the first ever electronic ignition system designed for use with fire on the water surface! Create a fire feature that looks as if it’s coming straight out of the water, or use our traditional AWEIS to enjoy fire next to water.
Impress with Your Next Outdoor Commercial, Hospitality or Residential Project
Whether you’re working on a commercial, residential or hospitality project, our Fireplace Advisors & Designers work with you one-on-one to make your design a reality.
What are you waiting for? Your DREAM FIREPLACE Awaits!
(888)317-6499 | INFO@ACUCRAFT.COM
“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 | Four Seasons Resort | Dallas, TX
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!
(888)317-6499 | INFO@ACUCRAFT.COM
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!