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Hearth & Home September 2019

Parting Shot: Firefall At 9,600 Ft.

Photo: ©2019 Darren Edwards Photographs.
Architect: Michael F. Gallagher. Builder/Designer: Arnie Surdyk.

Initially, a three-tiered fire feature seems a bit of overkill, until you learn that the house is in Breckenridge, Colorado, where an average of 175 inches of snow falls each year.

The builder, Arnie Surdyk of Double Diamond Property, wanted as much flame and heat on the deck as possible. So he installed three burners, each 36 inches long, that rest on a 10-inch piece of flagstone and lava rock. Each burner produces 40,000 Btus that deliver a high-flame presence; it is controlled by a remote ignitor.  

The house is in Elk Point at Highlands Glen, 9,600 ft. above sea level; it has 6,077 sq. ft. of residential space, and a garage that’s 1,200 sq. ft. (enough room for three cars). The architect is Michael Gallagher. To view the entire house, visit

Double Diamond Property & Construction Services; 699 Summit Boulevard, Frisco, CO 80443; Phone: (970) 418-8029;;

Michael F. Gallagher; 150 W Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424; Phone: (970) 453-6872;;

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