Flames Emerging from the Floor – Custom Case Study
Vancouver Gas Fireplaces (VGF) was approached by the architectural firm McLeod Bovell Design Inc. about a fire-feature concept they envisioned for a home in West Vancouver. The design called for two lines of fire coming out of the floor. This was to be surrounded by glass on three sides, a concrete back wall and a stone finish on top.
With this intended design, it was impossible to make a one-piece fabricated unit around which finishes could be installed, although that approach is often the norm. The VGF Custom Design team were tasked to do the following:
- Design a burner setup along with a vent hood
- Create a venting system which could be installed separately
- Allow for different finishes to be installed, including glass, concrete and stone
- Create a sharp contrast of flames without the distracting presence of metal that is often visible within fully fabricated units.
To further complicate the project, the double burner was custom-made complete with support legs and a finished base plate. It then had to be installed and leveled so that its surroundings were flush with the top of the plate. Additionally, the plate had to be set up to allow for installation of channels which then needed to be aligned with the hood above so that the glass could be properly installed.
Moreover, the vent hood was suspended from an engineered steel support frame which was hung from the ceiling with some support from the back wall. The vent hood tapered up into the B vent which made its way up through the roof and was topped with a power vent. Air also had to be brought up through the lower floor and up into the space below the burner for the unit to operate effectively.
In order to achieve a successful outcome for this project, close coordination was required between the designers at McLeod Bovell and the Rimrock Construction and VGF Custom Design teams to create this truly one-off custom installation. No matter how many drawings are done for a project of this nature, there is no way the myriad of complex variables can be fully determined or accounted for until the work is successfully completed.
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