Fireside Blog

Tips for Entertaining Outdoors

The Pacific Northwest isn’t known for its warm summer nights. But that doesn’t stop most northwesterners from taking advantage of our mild summer climate by moving indoor activities outside. Whether your grilling up dinner, entertaining friends or just sitting around a fire with your family, there is an abundance of outdoor products to help you create a the comfort of a living room on your patio or deck. Outdoor fireplaces Lend a focal point to your outdoor space and create a space for people to gather with an outdoor fireplace.  Whether you prefer wood or gas, a classic surround or a more modern design, an outdoor fireplace truly brings your expands your inside living space to the outdoors.  An outdoor […]

Cook Your Next Meal on the Fireplace

If you have an outdoor fireplace, there’s a good chance you’ve roasted a marshmallow or two over it. There’s something extremely satisfying about perfectly cooking (or burning) those little puffs of sugar with nothing but a stick and the flames in front of you. So, why not extend that feeling of satisfaction to your entire meal? There are several ways to cook your dinner using your outdoor fireplace; the hard part is choosing what you want to eat. 4 ways to cook on your fireplace On a stick. Probably the simplest and most foolproof way to cook over a fire is with a stick. The easiest foods to cook with just a stick are marshmallows and hotdogs, but you can get […]

What Makes a Garage Door Green?

From hybrid cars to high-efficiency heaters, green appliances and products have become a regular part of many people’s lives. Manufacturers love to highlight the virtues of their green products and it can give the buyer a good feeling, knowing they’re doing their part to help the environment. If you’re looking to make your home more efficient, a green garage door may be something you want to invest in. What to look for in a new garage door One of the first things to look for when purchasing a green garage doors is the material the door is made of. Garage doors made of recycled products, such as composite wood and steel are readily available on the market. You can also […]

Where Should I Put My Outdoor Fireplace?

Winter is almost at an end and it’s time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. An outdoor fireplace makes a great gathering spot for friends and family when the sun goes down. Deciding to install an outdoor fireplace  is the first step toward building an outdoor extension of your home, and what comes next could have a big impact on the overall feel of your space.  You have to decide where you’re going to install your fireplace.  Here are some tips that could help make the decision a little easier. 1.What is your outdoor fireplace’s primary function? Are you looking for a warm glow to set the mood on your back patio?  Or do you want a place to roast hotdogs […]