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The concept is to use the same two-sided firebox as both a highlight for outdoor entertainment and heat and the focal point of the family room.

Care must be taken during the renovation because exterior walls are load-bearing, but according to Khai Foo of Solus Design Inc. in Vancouver, it is fairly easy for your contractor to brace the wall by strengthening the fireplace structure.

The key is the different surrounds and facing used on the exterior and interior. Here, for example, a local makeover uses flat concrete panels on the interior, and a combination of concrete panels and Cultured Stone in brick for a rustic look for the exterior fireplace.

There are a number of advantages to the setup, compared to an outdoor fire-pit or a separate outdoor fireplace. There

A push-out on the bearing wall allows room for the see-through gas fireplace, finished in Cultured Stone and concrete panels for a deck highlight.

is no open flame or smoke, for instance; and the sealed firepit provides extra light to the interior of the home when not in use or can be closed for privacy. It is also more cost-effective than building a separate fireplace outside.

The dual-side fireplaces are available in both gas and electric models, though direct-vent gas is recommended because of the more realistic flame.

With a direct-vent fireplace, outdoor air is drawn directly into the firebox through one pipe, while combustion products are exhausted through another. The units are sealed, so there is no room air required for combustion and no loss of heated room air to the outdoors. Direct-vents are typically installed on an outside wall with a short vent, but a two-sided model will need an approved extended flue.

Local two-side fireplace suppliers include Heat'N Glo and Vermont Castings, both of which have a large number of firebox sizes and styles through various retailers. IH

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completing a home renovation," said Huguet, whose company handles all types of projects, from smaller kitchen and bathroom makeovers to additions, as well as whole house exterior and interior renovations. "There is less pressure on the building industry than at any time in the past few years. The cost to do the work now represents great value"

In the current economic climate, it is also vital that a home renovation is entrusted to RenoMark designated professionals, he said. "This is no time to gamble on your home improvement investment," Huguet said. "Having the o o right team of people is crucial, and having your project completed with competence is imperative"

My House, with offices in Vancouver and Surrey, is a dream team of top designers and building professionals who this year are two- time national SAM awards fi nalist and five-time Georgie Award fi nalists, including British Columbia's "Residential Renovator Of The Year" for 2008.

Team leader Graeme Huguet has 20 years of experience in renovation and custom home building, as a designer, o o project consultant and project manager. "I realized the need in the community to pull together a cohesive team of professionals to provide home owners with a comprehensive service they could trust, to take a renovation from a sketch to "Wow, we love it" completion," Huguet said.

My House Design/Build Team projects can be seen across Greater Vancouver, with a prime example being the Coquitlam home shown here. Working closely with the owners, the My House Team transformed a modest house into a home of distinction, maximizing views and creating a comfortable, open-plan, casually sophisticated interior. The project is ranked among the year's top kitchen and whole home renovations in the country by the

Canadian Home Builders' Association. The completed renovation is now a model of environmental awareness, featuring energy saving windows, doors and skylights; a higher J o ' o efficiency heating system and the uses of sustainable materials, such as concrete siding and locally sourced products.

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