David Heide Studio: Fireside Chat with Mark Nelson

Our recent move to the new showroom in St. Louis Park has prompted us to reflect on how far we have come and the relationships we have built over the years.  Mark Nelson sat down with us to talk about our 10 years of working together and our most recent project in the Homes by Architect Tour 2017. 

We’ve been working with you at David Heide for many years now. Can you recall how we came together?

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Product Spotlight: Fire Magic Premium Outdoor Grills

One of our favorite brands of outdoor grills is FireMagic Premium Outdoor Grills. They’ve been in business for more than 75 years, and when you see their grills, you will understand why they have been around for so long. There is a FireMagic Premium Outdoor Grill to suit everyone’s cooking style and budget, and you can get a stand-alone or a built-in model installed in your outdoor living area.

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Dramatic Outdoor Lighting

Dramatic outdoor lighting can change an ordinary landscape into a magical space.  We have all experienced that feeling of awe when we step into a beautiful outdoor space. 

Inspired spaces can lift us out of the ordinary and pull us into a new mood.  

The element of fire in designs by Tempest Torch is all about welcoming and way finding. Much like tiki torches firmly planted in the sand might beckon you to an island oasis, this product’s spiral-like presentation of fire gives off that same vibe. The torches are made of tempered glass and designed to direct the oxygen needed for combustion in a pattern that increases the flame velocity and lends a spiraling dramatic effect.


We frequently see these placed right next to the home and carried through outdoor spaces to
provide continuity. Options include short or tall post versions, wall mounted, or a base-free
for those wanting to construct something unique or utilize an existing feature.


We also feel good about safety in design as the 18" tall open-air tempered glass works to
prevent the flame from going out during high winds or rainfall and includes an automatic gas
safety shutoff valve. Note that the torches can run off attached gas lines or a five-gallon
propane tank. The variable flame reaches a height of 17”, kicks out up to 20,000 BTUs and can
be manually ignited with the built-in piezo igniter. Practical and versatile, this type of inviting
feature lights the way for an alluring evening outdoor experience.

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What is a Vent Free Fireplace and is it Safe?

A vent-free fireplace is a fireplace that does not include a chimney and draws indoor air to fuel the fire. These fireplaces require natural gas, gel fuel or electricity to operate.  Most electric fireplaces do not pose a threat to indoor air quality but fireplace safety due to air qualtiy should be considered when choosing a vent free gas or gel fueled fireplace. Careful consideration of the ventilation system in your home should eliminate the risk. 

Some of the bi-products of poor ventilation are:

  •    Carbon Dioxide
  •    Carbon Monoxide
  •    Formaldehyde
  •    Water Vapor

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5 Things to know when shopping for a superior gas fireplace

Not all gas fireplaces are created equal.  As in most industries, the most trusted manufacturers are the ones who have been serving the market the longest.  There are some differences in quality and you should be aware of the most important features that will make your fireplace look and function well.

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