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How to Liven Up Your Outdoor Space

Are you looking to spruce up your outdoor space? Whether you want a new sound system for your patio or a new outdoor fireplace, get these updates right now before summer kicks in.

New Style

Patio furniture gets more expensive as the weather warms up, but this should not stop you from an upgraded outdoor space. A very cost-efficient way is re-purpose your old furniture a can of paint. Other ways to spruce up your outdoor space is build a bench with stones, add patio seating or end tables, or even build a wall. All of these updates can increase the appeal of your outdoor space drastically. You may even want to finish off your dream space with a roof or kitchen!

New Cookware

Don’t let your rundown grill put a damper on the fun. Buy one from us today that will last for years to come. At The Cozy Flame, we only sell the best grills. Choose from the Big Green Egg, a kamado-style grill that is perfect for grilling, roasting, baking, and smoking. It can even feed your entire neighborhood with our largest size or feed your family with our smallest size. We also carry MHP Grills, which is American-made, durable, and efficient. When you add these grills to your outdoor space, it’s sure to liven up the party.

New Beats

Did you know you can buy a fire pit that both plays your music and reacts to your music? Blazing Beats is a sound reactive fire pit that can take your outdoor space to the next level. Your music won’t only be heard, but it will also be seen as the flames dance along to the beat. There are no wires to tangle or protect from rain. The sound system is battery operated, and the fire pit is fueled by gas. It’s very efficient while also keeping you warm. Install a blazing beats fire pit now in your outdoor space, and you will have it in time for all your Fourth of July festivities.

Your dream space can be everything you want as well as everything you need. Start those upgrade today. Call our fireplace experts at The Cozy Flame today at 203-283-4459 to get started.

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Time to Start Thinking About an Outdoor Fireplace

With spring finally here, the temperatures outside have finally begun to warm up. However, even in the heat of the summer outdoor air temperatures can still be extremely chilly during the evenings. This year, get the most out of your outdoor spaces by warding off any chills with an outdoor fireplace. Below are three of the most popular reasons why you should start thinking about adding an outdoor fireplace to your home.

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1. Add value to your home

A beautiful custom fireplace can set your home apart from others in the neighborhood – while providing an excellent return on investment. As outdoor living spaces become increasingly popular, more and more home buyers are looking for features that make a home stand out; according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, prospective buyers rank an outdoor fireplace or fire pit as the third most appealing outdoor feature. The desirability of outdoor fireplaces – as well as the fact that they can last for years with regular maintenance – give homeowners extremely high returns on investment.

2. Expand your entertaining space

If you love to entertain, adding an outdoor fireplace to your home can greatly expand your potential entertaining space. Whether your yard is large or small, an outdoor fireplace can create a focal point for your outdoor living space; tables, chairs, benches, and other seating arrangements can be used to encourage guests to sit back, relax, and enjoy quiet conversations in front of a roaring fire. Outdoor fireplaces can also be about fun! Kids of all ages will enjoy roasting hot dogs, marshmallows, and other foods over an open flame, taking advantage of the most delicious parts of camping from the comfort of your backyard.

3. Ward off chills – even in summer

While few people think of using their fireplaces during the summer, outdoor temperatures are known for their sharp drops once the sun sets. Because of this, it often gets too cold to remain comfortably outside at night – even in the hot months of July and August. To get the most out of your outdoor spaces, an outdoor fireplace can help ward off the chilly night air while also providing light in the darkness. Outdoor fireplaces also allow you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces during the spring and fall, when temperatures are just a bit too chilly to comfortably stay outside without a heat source.

Adding an outdoor fireplace to your home not only adds value – it allows you to get the most out of your outdoor living spaces all year long. With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about an outdoor fireplace. Contact The Cozy Flame today for more information on improving your outdoor living spaces with fireplaces!

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The Benefits of Adding a Gas Fire Pit to Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Gas Fire Pit - Milford CT - The Cozy FlameGrowing in popularity over the past few years, outdoor fire pits bring a warm and cozy atmosphere to your patio or other outdoor living space. For those who love to both entertain and relax outside, a fire pit allows you to comfortably enjoy being outdoors all year long. While a traditional fire pit is generally fueled by wood, you can now find fire pits that are powered by natural or propane gas. At The Cozy Flame, we specialize in designing and constructing custom outdoor gas fire pits. With many style and design options, you can have the fire pit of your dreams. No matter if you want an intimate and small space or an area large enough to entertain a crowd, our design experts at The Cozy Flame can give you exactly what you desire in an outdoor fire pit. We would like to tell you more about the benefits of adding a gas-fueled fire pit to your outdoor living space.

Gas fire pits provide a safe and clean-burning flame. 

With a wood-burning fire pit, you must watch out for sparks jumping out of the pit and igniting an unwanted fire in your backyard. You will not have to worry about sparks and hot embers flying out of a gas-fueled fire pit. According to an online buyers guide to gas fire pits, Enhance Fire Pits, many cities do not allow open fires in a residential backyard unless they are contained within a gas fire pit. This is because a wood-burning fire can become out of control, and with a gas-fueled fire, the user is in full control of the flame. A fire in a gas fire pit is very unlikely to become hard to handle because of the controlled burn. Additionally, a gas-fueled fire releases far less emissions and pollution than a wood-burning fire. Both natural gas and propane are clean and environmentally-friendly fuels. You will never have to worry about inhaling too much smoke or absorbing that smoky, campfire smell in your clothes and hair when you are sitting around a gas fire pit.

Gas fire pits are convenient and easy to use.

When you own a wood-burning fire pit, you must gather together the firewood and then attempt to ignite a fire outdoors, which can be a difficult task if strong winds are blowing. You also have to clean up ashes and other messy residue left behind from a wood-burning fire. With a gas fire pit, all you have to do to start a fire is flip a switch or press a button on a remote control device. You also do not have to wait for the fire to die out as you do with a wood-burning fire. Again, you just have to turn the fire off with a switch or remote control button. You also have no mess to clean up after a gas-fueled fire. Gas fire pits provide you with a no-hassle and labor-free flame; all you have to do is enjoy the fire.

Gas fire pits have fuel options.

If your home is equipped with a natural gas line, you can simply hook your gas fire pit up to that line. However, you can still have a gas fire pit without access to natural gas. Propane can be an alternative fuel source for these fire pits and is just as clean, safe, and convenient as a natural gas-fueled fire.

Interested in adding a custom outdoor gas fire pit to your patio? Contact The Cozy Flame today to get the design process started.

Reimagining Your Patio

Daydreaming of a new look for your patio? The Cozy Flame can help you reimagine and create the perfect patio for you.

Daydreaming of a new look for your patio? The Cozy Flame can help you reimagine and create the perfect patio for you.

As you’ve begun to sit outside on your patio this year, you’ve been imagining ways to improve its appearance and make it even more enjoyable. Having an extra space outdoors to entertain or just hang out with family and friends betters your quality of life and saves energy, allowing you to lower your utility bill. You may have seen the new trend of having an outdoor fireplace or fire pit on a patio, and The Cozy Flame installs custom outdoor gas fire pits that will perfectly work with reimagining your patio for the new look of your dreams.

The outdoor fire pit, a very popular look in patios today, can be imagined in all sorts of patio settings, and we’ve found a few ideas from reputable home decoration online magazines to help you on your quest for the perfect fire pit for your patio. Once you find a look you like, contact us at The Cozy Flame, and we will be happy to get you started on the design process today.

House Beautiful

In this backyard oasis designed by Toni Tobin, she accents a stone outdoor fireplace with a unique chandelier of candles that is attached to a tree and can be lowered and raised by a pulley. All of this natural light gives off a soft glow around tables and seating for outdoor dining and entertaining.

HGTV

This design shows that enclosing a side of your patio with a stone wall that includes a grill — The Cozy Flame carries a large selection of Wilmington Grills that can be built into a stone wall enclosure — with a sink and bench seating. Flanked by an outdoor fireplace or fire pit on one side and a cedar pergola on the other, this patio fits all of your entertaining needs.

Better Homes and Gardens

Recommending a firepit to toast marshmallows with your kids or to warm your family on your patio all through the year, Better Homes and Gardens suggests the addition of a fire pit to your patio area creates the perfect gathering spot for your family and your guests.

Country Living

If you are reimagining your patio as something completely different, this idea may inspire you. Installing a large, stone fireplace instantly adds a beautiful focus to this area, and enclosing your patio as a screened-in room gives you the versatile option of indoor/outdoor living.

Southern Living

For a simple update, this canopy patio is anchored by the addition of an outdoor fireplace, or you could choose a fire pit instead, if you prefer. To get this look, a 10-foot-wide by 30-foot-long iron pergola was installed over the patio, and wisteria was planted to grow into the leafy canopy overhead.

As you can see, outdoor fire pits and fireplaces are essential pieces in reimagining your patio, and The Cozy Flame is experienced with guiding many through this journey of realizing the patio of one’s dreams. Contact us today, and our consultants will get back with you to show you what we have in both state-of-the-art grills and custom outdoor gas firepits and get you started on making your patio reimagination a reality.

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