Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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N Not all projects, or all contractors, are afforded the luxury of custom designed and constructed fire pits. But manufacturers are starting to provide a middle ground by producing models that can begin to compete with the built-from-scratch ones. For the brother and sister team behind Bobé Water and Fire, creating designs that will be appreciated by up and coming homebuyers comes naturally. Julie Crone and Kris Kesler conceive and manufacture the products they like and need because they are the next generation of homebuyers. With features such as a gas burner that replicates the look of a wood- burning fire pit, and advancements such as a remote-control Fenix fire ignition system built with a custom engineered microprocessor utilizing 12-volt technology, this manufacturer based in Phoenix strives to fab - ricate products that are alternatives to what Kessler and Crone feel are the typical fixtures of the past. Their ever-expanding offerings now in - clude a line of tiki torches, and a series of fire pits that are see-through. Modern, minimal and elegant are words Solus Décor uses to describe their fire pits. Hand-cast, fiber reinforced concrete gives their designs, which are available in ten colors, a smooth, polished surface. Manufacturers are incorporating other innovative touches into their fire pits to help set them apart. The Outdoor GreatRoom Company has two new models that illustrate this. Their Boreal Complete Heat has an internal fan that spreads the heat throughout the unit and out the bottom to help warm feet. And in a case of technology lending itself to a look that is uncharac - teristic with these fire features, the Alcott fire pit table has a supercast top that looks like antique timber, and a base that resembles white - washed wood. Both models are in production and are scheduled to be ready for shipping this month. LC DBM November 2017 21 Fresh Looks from Facto ries By Mike Dahl, LC/DBM Above The Boreal model from The Outdoor GreatRoom Company features a fan that circulates the heat out through the bottom, and a wave shaped burner. Multi- colored LED under-lighting is optional. Above, Right & Inset Options are the key for the Urban fire pit series by Housewarmings Outdoor. The self-contained units come in round - in two different sizes - and linear. Each of the two color choices has two different stone finishes available if preferred. Above Sonoran Waters Custom Pool and Spa of Scott- sdale, Arizona, installed this fire table from Bobé Water & Fire. It was constructed of COR-TEN steel: a material that forms a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather. This eliminates the need for painting. Other materials available are copper, hand-hammered copper and stainless steel that can come with a number of powder coatings. Above Clean profiles are part of the intended design of fire pits by Solus Décor such as the Halo series. Fiber reinforced concrete that can be cast in ten colors is hand finished and results in differing surface variations.

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