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Is Your Fireplace Approved by Washington Building Codes?

Deciding to add a fireplace to your residential or commercial space in Washington is easy. Complying with government regulations can prove more challenging. Before construction can even begin, you have to wade through countless state ordinances and local building codes. Designed to keep pollution at bay and residents safe, the regulations outline what you can […]

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What Does the New York Building Code Say About Fireplaces?

New York City famously banned the construction of new wood-burning fireplaces in early 2015. Fortunately, the prohibition hasn’t dampened the city’s enthusiasm for the open flame; it has simply forced residents to look at newer, better technology, such as direct-vent gas fireplaces. Beyond direct-vent technology, residents should know what’s acceptable and what’s taboo when it […]

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The Classic Beauty of a Front Facing Fireplace

Tunnel fireplaces, modular fireplaces, island fireplaces—modern fireplaces come in all shapes and sizes and bear all sorts of names. You can place them in columns. You can put them in corners. You can install them anywhere, from the dining room to the master suite bathroom. They can connect the parlor with the patio. They can […]

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The Unique Advantages of Corner Fireplaces

Corner fireplaces are among the most versatile of all hearth styles. A contemporary corner fireplace brings distinct advantages—it can be incorporated into small or tight spaces, and the angular, three-dimensional design adds visual interest to any room. Ahead we explore the advantages and possibilities of corner fireplaces. A Beautiful Space-Saving Solution Rather than taking up […]

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Ortal’s Modular Fireplace: The Next Generation of Design

Introducing the Modular Fireplace: More fireplace. Less clutter. Humans have lit fires since the beginning of time. Once a matter of bare necessity—a source of warmth and a tool for cooking—fires have long since evolved into a symbol of modern comfort and luxury. Over the years, innovators like Ortal have pushed the limits of modern […]

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4 Smart Ways to Upgrade Your Ortal Fireplace

Ortal Heat designs each fireplace to reflect the beauty and functionality of modern luxury, but it’s up to you to personalize your selection to fit your own unique sense of the sublime. With more than 80 customizable fireplaces, dozens of media add-ons, and a host of practical upgrades to choose from – you become the […]

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Form, Function, Beauty: The Benefits of Tunnel Fireplaces

By providing visibility and exposure on both sides of a wall, Ortal’s tunnel fireplaces are a stylish and versatile way to divide any space. With sleek lines and a see-through design, these modern updates on the traditional fireplace provide warmth and beauty on both sides of a room or on the interior and exterior of […]

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Understanding the California Building Code Part I: Fireplace Materials

The California Building Code is strict and comprehensive. It sets rigorous standards for the design, construction, and remodeling of buildings. There’s no detail too small to fall under its purview, and that includes fireplaces. Every time a builder or contractor installs a new fireplace in a California home, they must first check each feature to […]

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The Zero-Clearance Fireplace vs. Ortal’s Cool Wall Technology

What Is a Zero Clearance Gas Fireplace? Most contemporary fireplaces need a buffer zone or a clearance area—they must not sit in or around any combustible materials or they may give off enough heat to spark a fire. Zero-clearance fireplaces are an exception. They feature fireboxes made of materials (primarily metal) that reduce temperature buildup. […]

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Did You Know? 5 Surprising Facts About Gas Fireplaces

You may know that a crackling fire can add charm and ambiance to any room; you may know that a modern fireplace can enhance your décor, but did you know these surprising (and useful) facts about gas fireplaces? Fact #1: A Modern Fireplace Can Save Energy Did you know a modern fireplace is a green […]

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HDExpo May 2017 to Showcase Ortal Collection of Fireplaces for Hospitality Design

Ortal, the leading custom fireplace luxury provider, is pleased to announce its brand participation in the May 3-5 2017 HDExpo at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. With less than 30 days until this annual event, Ortal is also excited to share recent hospitality projects nationally, including a luxury resort located in Lake Tahoe, Utah. With scalable and highly […]

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Unique Bathroom Design Ideas: 3 Looks

From modern gas fireplaces to vessel sinks, there are plenty of creative ideas to inspire your quest to find the perfect look for your bathroom. It may not be the first room you think of decorating. It’s probably the smallest room you’ll renovate. That doesn’t make the bathroom any less important. It’s where you prepare […]

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Top 5 Traditional Fireplace Ideas with a Modern Twist

Whether your home is Colonial revival, farmhouse, or Craftsman, the right fireplace design allows you to express your personal style turning a room into a conversation. Fireplaces have helped create inviting gathering spaces through the ages—a tradition that lives on today. Here are five design ideas for traditional fireplace façades.   Mahogany Wood Ideal for […]

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How Do You Ortal? Design Contest Update

If you haven’t yet heard, Ortal is hosting a design contest. We’ve asked interior decorators, architects, and general contractors across the country to show us how they Ortal. We want to showcase the incredible ways in which designers are incorporating Ortal’s modern fireplaces into their client’s commercial and residential spaces. The contest is far from over, but we’ve already received some incredible entries. We wanted to give you a sneak peek at some of the wonderful designs that have come our way. Now, for the finest in modern fireplace design…

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“Spring Into Design” New York

Energized by the success of the popular, new Ortal fireplace design competition with Dwell in Los Angeles in March 2017, Ortal is pleased to spring into the May design season in New York. With the intent of educating the marketplace about Ortal custom designs for architecture and design, the brand intends to host a series of […]

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ORTAL at ISH 2017 Frankfurt

“The World’s Biggest Show for the Combination of Water and Energy” Following the epic annual HPBExpo in Atlanta held early March, Ortal is pleased to be exhibiting and participating in the world’s largest show for trends in fireplace design for the home at ISH 2017 Frankfurt, beginning on March 14th at the Ortal Heating Solutions booth […]

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The Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Design Inspiration

Looking for inspiration for your next major interior design project, or want ideas to help you freshen up your space? Instagram is the place to find it. The days of flipping through stacks of glossy magazines to find inspiring new design ideas are fading. Today more and more designers are using sites like Instagram and […]

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Considering LEED Certification? Ortal Fireplaces Make the Grade.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to promote more sustainable building. The aim of LEED is to promote energy savings, improve indoor air quality, reduce carbon emissions, improve water efficiency, reduce waste sent to landfills, protect natural resources, and […]

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Gas Fireplace Design Ideas and Benefits for Your New Homeowner Checklist

When looking for a new home, most people worry about the structure of the house, how many bedrooms it has, or what kind of neighborhood the house is in. There is always a laundry list of must-haves for new homeowners. There is a way to get your perfect dream house and have everything on your new homeowner checklist list crossed off. Build as you go, nothing’s better than a making a house a home. Making a house into your home is even more special than buying it with everything you want. One hot button item that people mark as a must on their laundry list of must-haves would be a fireplace.

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The Best Place for the Fireplace

When we envision our fireplace at home we mostly think of it as the center of warmth for the household; an area everyone comes together, converses, and feels at home. An area in the center of the living room comes to mind because it is often an inviting space, and how better to invite a family member or guest inside then a warm fireplace welcoming them? With this in mind, it may seem like the traditional area for the fireplace

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Unique Kitchen Design Ideas: 3 Looks

The kitchen is the most used room in the average home (a quick Google search confirms this). It’s no surprise, really. Food brings us together, and for the culinarily-gifted among us, cooking is often much more than a necessary chore—it’s an enjoyable, creative outlet, and even a stress reliever. Make this important space all your […]

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Creating the Perfect Seating Area Around Your Fireplace

How you arrange your furniture around an existing fireplace or design a room with a fireplace from the ground up depends largely on how you want to use the space. Below we present five ideas for creating an inviting seating arrangement around a fireplace. The Family Room Creating a warm gathering space for the family […]

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3 Unique Wall Finishes that are Compatible with Ortal Fireplaces

An average fireplace helps heat a home. An outstanding fireplace provides warmth, acts as the focal point of a space, and inspires people to come together.

One of the challenges with traditional wood-burning fireplaces, as well as most direct vent models, is the limitation on which materials can be used around the fireplace opening. Artwork, electronics, and wall finishing materials like wood, marble, and steel cannot typically be placed around traditional fireplaces because of the excessive heat the units generate.

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Ortal’s new screen system

Our fireplaces now features a screen for our Front, LS, RS, TS, Tunnel and Space Creator series. A glass bracket at the corner maintains the taut screen tension for our multi-sided fireplaces. The screens have no metal and offer an attractive, sleek design.

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From the Blogosphere!

Ortal fireplaces aren’t just heating up homes, but our products have been received warmly by many wonderful blogs across the Internet. From brief shoutouts to full articles, accolades and galleries, we’re heating up! Check it out, here

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ORTAL Framing installation Don’ts

Framing Installation REMINDERS!  All the framing surrounding the unit should be detached and free from the unit. Follow all the clearances around the fireplace. Fireplace clearances can be downloaded here: Download Keep the firebox unit free from additional weight. Unit should stand as if an…

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