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Hospitality Highlight: Pacific Sands, Tofino

Fire pit pacific sands

A look at a hospitality highlight; those in the hospitality industry who have used our fire and water products to enhance their outdoor spaces and boost business. In this feature we are focussing on the Pacific Sands Resort in Tofino.

 

Pacific Sands is a beachfront haven on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, with front-row seats to nature’s greatest waterpark. From world-class surfing and tranquil beach walks, to year-round events and a celebrated local food scene. Pacific Sands beach resort is geared to outdoor living whether that is on the beach with your surf board, hiking a nature trail or a spot of whale watching.  With all this adventure, creating a relaxing environment at the hotel to recharge for the next adventure is a fundamental part of this Pacific Sands Resort.

Hemi fire pit pacific sands

 

The resort is geared to outdoor living so creating fantasic outdoor spaces is the key to this. Pacfic Sands have incorporated our Hemi fire pits into their grounds to create a relaxing space to relax at the end of the day and watch the sun go down.

 

The Pacific Sands Resort have incorporated our Hemi fire bowls into a number of locations around the resort to create warm and inviting areas for their guests to enjoy all year round.  The Hemi fire bowl is a very popular part of our range due to the curved design which encourages people to sit around the fire. The Hemi is available in 3 sizes; 26″, 36″ and 48″ in our 12 signature colours and three fuel options; natural gas, biofuel and propane.  We strive to give great flexibity with our products to ensure they work in any loaction whether that is commercial or residential. We also offer one of the best warranties in the industry to give greater piece of mind.

 

Feeling inspired to boost your business with a sensational outdoor space? Get in touch with us to see what we can.

 

 

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Garden inspiration with Solus

Elevated Halo fire pit outdoor space

As the weather improves we all look for garden inspiration on how to make the most of our outdoor living space.  We have put together some looks to give you some garden inspiration with Solus Decor.

We’ve created two looks combining our fire and water features with a range of materials that compliment our products perfectly to create the perfect outdoor space.

Look 1: A contemporary look that would with dark furniture and materials.

To create the perfect base we have used Trex decking; a composite decking that is easy to maintaint and excellent longeivity to ensure your outdoor space will keep looking its best for years to come. Trex are based at Cedar Nursery with the us at Solus Decor.

As a back drop and to give privacy we have used Aspen fencing drom Charles and Ivy. The fencing from Charles and Ivy is also made from a composite material limiting the need to maintain every year.

We have complimented the space with the Moments range from Caneline; a contmeporary yet timeless look that will compliment any outdoor space.  The Caneline furniture is available from Cedar Nursery with this range on display for you to try.

Contemporary black planters add greenery to soften the space. Both the planters and plants are available from Cedar nursery in a range of colours and sizes to compliment your outdoor space.

To finish off this space we have added the Elevated Halo fire pit, to center the outdoor seating.  All our firepits are available in a choice of 12 colours with bio fuel, natural gas or LPG and a great range of accessories.

Elevated Halo fire pit garden inspiration

Look 2 – A calming corner for relaxation

For our second look we have opted for neutral tones to provide a calming space to enjoy relaxation with our Water Dome.

water dome garden inspiration

This look combines natural fencing from Jackson Fencing. The ventian style fencing gives a contempary look that works equally well in both a town and country garden.  We have teamed the natural wood fencing with large format tiles from the Everscape range at Topps Tiles.

To soften the look and add textures we have added multilevel planting in a variety of sizes. A before the planters and plants are available from Cedar Nursery.

Next step the finishing touches. We have used the Barlow Tyrie cocoon range which compliments our Water Dome in halva and brass. The water dome is a self circulating water feature, no messy plumbing, simply plug and play.

Feeling inspired and want to update your garden? Get in touch with us or come and visit the showroom in Cobham, Surrey.

 

 

 

 

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Is Your Fire Pit Ready for Spring?

Halo Elevated 36 Fire Table Ethanol

The All Weather Cover

We have found the best way to clean the cover is the combination of a stiff brush, hot water and dish soap.  Clean it right on top of the fire pit.  It may require a bit of elbow grease depending on where you live and how much “green” is on your cover.

Fire pit ready

The Burner

Once the cover is done – inspect the top side of the burner – remove any detritus – leaves, twigs dirt.  This can potentially block gas flow.   Inspect the top side for any evidence of spiders – particularly inside the pilot cage. Pilot cages are installed in all Electronic Start and Manual Ignition with Flame Supervision Device burners, to protect the pilot assembly from rocks and other debris. However it does not protect from spiders or any crawling insects.  We have seen a few instances where spiders have crawled inside the pilot assembly, clogged the orifice and pilot opening, therefore blocking gas flow.   Visually and carefully inspect the pilot assembly and/or thermocouple for any evidence of last years’  marshmallows or any corrosion. Clean when needed.  Get in touch  if you need replacement parts.

If your system has a cross jet or linear brass burner, (all units sold within the last 9 years), your brass burner should still be in great working condition. These burners come with a 25 year warranty. These jets have tiny pin holes inside and it doesn’t take a lot to block. In most cases, these jets can get clogged by even the smallest dirt or particles. In these cases, we recommend using a compressed gas duster and blow through the system with the nozzle.  This can dislodge the blockage and clear the opening. You could also do this with a vacuum.

Linear Single Stack Gas Fire Pit in Cinder (shown with full bed of rocks)
Linear Single Stack Gas Fire Pit in Cinder (shown with full bed of rocks)

 

Decorative Rocks

If the decorative rocks are sooty ( black )  as opposed to the black lava,  these can be thrown in the hot water bucket and scrubbed.  Especially for those of you who have propane burners. These rocks are especially made and tested for high temperature usage. If you prefer an “all rock” look and/or require replacement, please visit our new online shop. It has all the parts and accessories you may need.

Glass Shield

If you have a glass wind shield, part of the regular maintenance is to tighten all the fittings with an allen key and clean the inside and outside of the tempered glass.  Glass shields are available for all Solus fire features.

Glass shield

Lava Rock

Every ten years or so we recommend replacing the lava rock, especially if they are beginning to look a little thin. The evidence can be found below your firepit. Take a peek at the bottom by removing the rock and lava rock and lifting up the burner plate. Notice the accumulation of broken down lava particles/sands especially for propane burners. Make sure nothing is blocking the vent holes and drainage holes. Use a shop vac or rinse it out of the bottom.   For those of you in tropical climates make sure when you take a look that a snake hasn’t taken up residence in the bottom of the bowl!

Gas Connections

Before firing your firepit, check and double check connections. Make sure, connections are snugged tight and are connected to where they should be.  Gas leaks are very dangerous. For those of you with a propane tank connection, ensure that the tank you have is full and ready to go.  If the fire pit does not light up after a few starts, your system might need some purging. Purging is the elimination of unwanted substances that accumulated inside your gas line during the idle periods.   For those with extremely long connections it may take more time.

Concrete Surfaces

Mud, dirt and efflorescence (whitish streaks or appearance) are sometimes noticeable from outside the concrete bowl.  To clean the affected surfaces, use hot soapy water and scrub with a scotch brite pad.  Do this on a sunny day to hasten the drying. Once completely dry, re-apply a stone sealer. Stone sealers are available from any good hardware store.  Always test the sealer on a small area first – see instructions on refinishing.

For concrete table surfaces, we don’t recommend using the scotch brite pad. The surface of your table is coated with a special compound that provides its elegant transparent sheen Scotch Brite pad or any sharp and granulated paper can damage the finish.  Just hot soapy water and rinse and let it dry in the sunshine before recovering.  If your surface is marred by debris that has been left on the surface over the winter then try washing first and if unsuccessful call us (0208.819.1495 ) and we will guide you with the next options.

You might be interested to know that we have complementing self circulating water features that might be a nice addition to your fire pit available here.

As always we are available to help.  Give us a call on 0208.819.149

Have any questions?

Get in contact with the sales team to find out more about our products

contact us at tel: 0208.819.1495

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Romance Around the Fire Pit

Hemi fire pit romance

If you want to create the perfect setting for a little romance, there’s no better place this Valentine’s Day than around a fire pit.

Whether you’re looking for a cosy night in, a place to connect with a few drinks downtown, or even taking an extravagant trip to Paris, gathering around a fire is the most romantic place to be. Our contemporary fire features are suited to residential and commercial settings and are the perfect way to create a romantic evening.  What could be more intimate than watching the sun set with the person you love surrounded by the warmth and ambience of a fire pit?

Create warmth, ambiance and romance this valentine's day with a fire pit

 

Credit: Marissa Cribbs Photography

The Elevated Halo fire pit shown at the Brass on Baltimore provide the perfect romantic setting for a wedding and a honeymoon.  The Halo fire pit offers a great option when enjoying a glass of champagne or appetizers on Valentines Day as it is coffee table height with a surround that offers the perfect amount of space for a glass and small plate.

Our fire pits are operated with mains gas, LPG or bioethanol making them easy to operate with no complex set up or clean up like a traditional wood burning fire pit. This simple set up makes it ideal for those romantic moments.

 

Our modern fire features come in 12 colours, with the recent addition of a blush pink tone we’ve termed “Rosé”. This flirty and fun colour is certain to bring the entire night together, adding a touch of luxury and beauty to your evening.

 

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Fire Pit Feature Project: Carol Kurth in The Berkshires

Hemi fire pit

Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors is the focus of our feature project this month. The project is located in the foot hills of the Berkshire Mountains in Conneticut.  We saw a snaphot of this project through Carol’s Instagram and we had to get in touch to find out more.

The Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors is an award-winning integrated full-service architecture and interior design firm located in Bedford, NY. From luxurious modern retreats to urban high-rise living, the firm’s design projects span the tri-state area and beyond. Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, and her talented team create distinctive and welcoming architecture and interior spaces. The firm’s multidisciplinary design approach is inspired by the creative process, developing unique solutions for their clients.

Carol Kurth Hemi Fire Pits
The Oasis by Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors

The Oasis as the project has been called is thoughtfully integrated with the site to create a sense of connectivity and privacy. This outdoor retreat exudes the ultimate in relaxation. Rolling terrain, wetlands and a conservation easement required complex approvals to achieve the axial design which is infused with modern architectural language. The gravitational and environmental energy of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water served as inspiration for the dynamic architectural forms which are illustrated through water features, the hemi fire bowls and a covered cabana designed with cathedral ceilings to capture the summer breeze. The dramatic rectangular pool with waterfall edge is a counterpoint to the covered pavilion. The integrated spa, lounge ledge and arch sprays offer an immersive aquatic experience. The space was designed to encourage conversation and entertainment.   The oversized dining area sits adjacent to an outdoor workspace with a vertical herb garden as a backdrop to the extended buffet, celebrating farm-to-table cooking.

Hemi Fire Pits in he Oasis by Carol Kurth Architecture

Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors has incorporated the Hemi fire pit with metal drinks ring into the design of the oasis. The Hemi fire pits frame the pool and create a wonderful impact combined with the infinity pool.  The show stopping infinity pool was by Wagner Pools 

 

The oasis by Carol Kurth was recently featured in Cottages and Gardens,  entitled a poolside pardadise againts the odds. This title could not be more accurate when you look at the space before and after. We are thrilled to see a solus fire pit incorporated in this sensational design.

 

This project like any is a success due the fantastic talent on board

Architecture + Exterior Design: Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors

Project Team: Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID

Diana Wawrzaszek, AIA

Builder: Pelham Home Builders, Joe Fossi, Principal

Landscape Designer: Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors with Michael & Sons

Photography: Mike Van Tassell

 

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Fire Pit Feature Project with Marlene Lento Design Studio

hemi fire pit Kent

This month in our fire pit feature project we have Marlene Lento Design Studio. Marlene designs gardens in Kent and East Sussex. Her designs range from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on creating outdoor living spaces that are usable and beautiful throughout the seasons:

 

“There is really nothing that you can’t do outside, even in our UK climate”

Marlene Lento

 

 

We are focussing on a recent project that Marlene undertook for a client in Otford, Kent.  When discussing the client brief with Marlene it was simply to design a spectacular entertainment area at the top of their steep garden overlooking the Kent countryside. Looking at the end result she certainly fulfilled the brief and more!  A garden of this nature needs the help of a designer to realise its true potential and really give it the wow factor, which Marlene has definitely done with her design.

In order to fulfil the brief  Marlene designed two circular decks that are set into the slope, one of which is a lounge area and the other a dance floor! The centre piece of the lounge area is a large Solus fire bowl which is surrounded by cosy upholstered outdoor furniture. A cantilevered heater adds further warmth making it a year-round destination. The elaborate lighting scheme and mature planting, some of which were helicoptered into the garden create real impact and luxury within this Kent garden.

hemi fire pit

Marlene has incorporated our Hemi fire bowl with gas connection and drinks ring.  The gas pipework has been carefully concealed beneath the decking; a key part of the planning process and something that we are on hand to help with along with any technical questions.

We are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic garden transformation. Get in touch with Marlene Lento Design Studio to see how she can help with your garden project.

The Look Book 

Plants/ Trees – Architectural Plants 

Decking – Millboard

Cantilevered Heater – Cuckooland

Outdoor Furniture – Indian Ocean

Fire Pit – Solus Decor 

 

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Fire Pit Feature Project with Andrea Newill Garden Design

Cinder elevated halo firepit

This month we are featuring Andrea Newill Garden Design as part of our fire pit feature project; with a spectacular outdoor living space in Greenham.

 

Andrea Newill garden design is based in Berkshire and her design ethos is based around the client first and foremost. Andrea’s work is primarily in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Her project in Greenham is the focus in our fire pit feature project.

The gardens I design are always client focused, interpreting my client’s ideas to create a garden that also complements the style of the house and sits comfortably within the surrounding landscape. Always focusing on practicalities like budget and build quality my aim is to ensure that investing in a new garden always meets and surpasses expectations.

We love to work with garden designers and see how they incorporate our products within their designs and Andrea has created an exceptional outdoor space for this client. Andrea has included our elevated halo fire pit in cinder to create a focal point in the relaxed outdoor seating area which is covered with the pergola from Harrod Horticultural. A firepit can really anchor an outdoor seating area in garden designs as it becomes the heart of the seating area adding both warmth and ambience to relaxed outdoor seating, as seen here in Andrea’s design.

 

In the project  Andrea has opted for the gas option to fuel the firepit. All our firepits are available with the option of natural gas, LPG and biofuel subject to what works best for your setting. The firepits are also available in 12 colours and we have a wide range of accessories to help customise your fire pit; metal and wooden table tops, glass flame protectors, covers and additional stones.

Andrea has cleverly created different zones within this scheme, with the all important garden studio, which have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years with the growing need and desire to work from home. Who wouldn’t want to work from home in a setting like this!

Elevated Halo cinder

The Look Book

Porcelain from London Stone

Aluminium Planters and retaining wall from Adezz

Garden Studio from Green Retreats

Pergolas from Harrod Horticultural

Fire Pit from Solus Decor

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Top 3 Questions when contemplating a fire pit?

Fire pit questions

We thought we would share some of the key questions we ask when people visit our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery to ensure they invest in the right fire pit that works for their lifestyle and location. These questions apply whether you are installing a fire pit in London, Vancouver, Maui or Marbella, we ship to all locations!

 

Pipework -The very first thing we ask – are you planning for a gas fire pit and if so, have you thought about the pipework. If you are in the planning stages of your garden, we always say “lay the pipework and better still lay electrical cables too”. Having this infrastructure in place allows to have not only a gas fire pit but the option for electrical ignition to light the fire pit.

We have talked to countless people who discover that they would love to have a fire pit, but the porcelain tile or concrete base has already been installed.  Having this infrastructure in place at the beginning opens up your opportunities later down the line.  There are solutions for this but if you have the opportunity “lay the pipes” even if you don’t install the fire pit for a year or two.  Future proofing by laying the pipework and cables gives you so many more options when you come to eventually install a fire pit in your garden.

solus hemi fire pit

Fuels – What will work best for you, your lifestyle and location? If the amount of heat is important and candidly in most countries heat is important and one of the key reasons for installing a fire pit then you should be considering natural gas or LPG.  Natural gas is the easiest and least expensive but requires pipework to go in before patio or decking is installed.  LPG is the second choice and if you are working with an existing garden design it is possible to surface mount with a quick disconnect hose across the surface that can be concealed beneath outdoor furniture or within planting. Alternatively, if you are looking for ultimate flexibility, perhaps space is at a premium or maybe you’re renting a property then you have ethanol fuel as an option.   As much as everyone loves a wood fire you cannot escape the mess, smoke in the eyes, and the lasting smell of the wood fire caught in your clothes and hair at the end of the night.

Warranties– Consider warranties and what the warranties cover. Many fire pits are made overseas and candidly the certification standards are somewhat suspect. The warranties are very short, in some cases non existent and often it does not cover every element of the fire pit.   If anything is going to fail it will be the ignition system, the burner or the vessel (or bowl) itself.  Certification costs where we make them in Canada are $100 – 150 per unit.  If you are looking at something online retailing at £400 – 500 you must question the durability and safety of these products. How you can provide a warranty for something that that costs next to nothing in comparison to certification costs.  Ask yourself how safe is it?  How durable is it? How sustainable is it?  What sort of warranty does it have – if any?

For more information please see our SAQ and FAQs

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Feature Designer – Royal Pacific Landing

Royal Pacific Landing fire pit

We are focusing on Royal Pacific Landing; a landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver.  The team is headed up by founder Lu Xu and they specialise in Executive Residential and Multi-family Landscape architecture design. With an East meets West aesthetic. They seek to create a harmonious balance to your outdoor living space that is grand, elegant and refined.

 

We have been drawn to Royal Pacific Landing and the way in which they incorporate both fire and water into so many of their designs for outdoor spaces, creating the perfect sense of balance in the spaces they create. We are thrilled that they have incorporated a number of Solus products within their designs.

This development by H20 with landscape architecture by Royal Pacific Landing blends the fire and water harmoniously in this  boutique garden. A contemporary design using natural textures to bring the outdoor space to life.

 

Royal Pacific Landing have incorporated our elevated halo fire pit in cinder which combines perfectly with the concrete stepping stones and Mexican polished black pebbles. Take a look at the full project.

 

Royal Pacific Landing have once again incorporated the Halo fire pit in this elegant and refined project which blends seamlessly with the interior design by Beyond Beige Interior Design . A classic take on contemporary design is evident in this outdoor living space that works hand in hand with the interiors.

This project was a full garden renovation to both the front and rear sections of the garden. The design creates separate spaces  for outdoor entertaining and places for children to play. They have incorporated our halo low fire pit on the decked area which connects flawlessly with the inside entertainment area. Take a look at the full project.

To find out more about the products used by Royal Pacific get in touch with our team

 

 

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Delivery Times and Stock Availability in 2021

outdoor living spae

The last year has been unprecedented for any company on the outdoor world and like so many other businesses this has impacted Solus in many ways.  As we move into the summer, we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on a few changes and how this impacts you as the client when ordering.

 

Hemi fire pit
26″ Hemi fire pit

 

Solus designs, manufactures and ships all our products from our workshop in Vancouver, Canada where the business was originally founded. As we continue to ship our products to the UK, we can’t deny that the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit has had an effect on our lead times combined with a growing demand for outdoor living products in the UK.

outdoor living spae

 

As a business we have hired multiple new staff and are currently running  seven days week to cope with the high number of orders. However, we are still impacted by increased shipping times.  We know this is frustrating as a client so we are doing are best to provide as much information as possible to help you plan your garden projects and ensure you can place orders ready for the next shipment.

solus hemi fire pit

To assist you we have updated the website to include details of items currently in stock in the UK and items available in our next shipment arriving in August and available for immediate sale.  Should the item you are looking for not be in stock or available in the August shipment get in touch with us now to ensure you secure delivery in October. Should you require faster delivery please contact us to discuss air freight options which we are able to facilitate.

 

Don’t miss out, take a look at our current stock page and get in touch to make the most of your outdoor space!

 

 

 

 

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How to create your outdoor living space this winter

solus hemi fire pit

The last year has made us all acutely aware of the importance of outdoor space in both commercial and residential spaces. As we approach the winter months we need to create real outdoor spaces with heating and protection from wind and rain.

 

We’ve put together a  guide on how you can create the perfect outdoor living spaces to get you through the winter months.  We’ve taken inspiration from our outdoor living space created for Chelsea Flower show in 2019.   Whilst we were lucky with the weather last year, this is not guaranteed so any design needs to allow for protection from the rain. We’ve put together a shopping list for you to create this space at home this winter.

The Quick Fix

A combination of high street finds with quick delivery combined with the our sustainable and durable fire pits.

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  1. outdoor shelter, Jackson Fencing £1207.80  
  2. Artificial single boxwood tree, Blooming Artificial  £92
  3. Square concrete planter, Getspotted.com £30.99

 

  1. Patterned cushion cover, H&M £6.99 
  2. Murphy Bench, Wayfair £191.99
  3. Green linen cushion cover, H&M £8.99

 

  1. 36″ Hemi fire pit with LPG fuel, £4,074 inclusive of VAT
  2. Fire Table with LPG Fuel, £5,034 inclusive of VAT
  3. 36″ Water Dome, £3,354 inclusive of VAT

 

The Big Investment

This is a luxury space at Cedar Nursery that has dining and relaxing all in one space with the all important protection from wind and rain. This space includes investment pieces for outdoor living for the future, a bigger price tag with longer lead times but made to last just like our fire and water features.

 

solus hemi fire pit

 

  1. Edge stackable dining chair, Cane Line £460
  2. Bio Sun Terrace and Patio Cover, Cedar Nursery from £7,325
  3. Drop Dining Table, Cane Line £2,750

 

  1. Flex Modular Sofa, Cane Line from £2,325
  2. 36″ Hemi fire Pit with LPG fuel £4,074 inclusive of VAT
  3. 90 cm Fiberglass pot, Primrose £171.99

 

Get in touch with us to create your own outdoor living space this winter

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Outdoor oasis in Denver

hemi fire pit patio

This week we are featuring design studio Atelier Interior Design who created this outdoor oasis for their clients; a sanctuary in the city.

Atelier Interior Design

Atelier is a full service, award-winning interior design firm. Their designs are centered around vibrant color and pattern complimented with textural and sculptural details.  Their style can be described as eclectic taking inspiration from travel and cultural influences that inspire their work.

This outdoor area embodies the eclectic and global inspiration, which is exactly what the client wanted.  The client had moved from a large Victorian style property to this contemporary four story property.  The move was a chance for them to go for a complete style overhaul.  The client had a very eclectic style but wanted to combine this with a more contemporary look in keeping with the style of the property.  Atelier Interior Design was the ideal choice to help them with this style transition.

 

Outdoor Oasis

Atelier Interior Design described how the patio was a fun part of the overall project because the clients really wanted to make it their own oasis in the city with plants and vibrant natural colors like blue and green. They loved the clean style of the Solus Hemi fire bowl.  They customised the look of the Hemi fire bowl by purchasing extra bags of the fire stones to cover up the lava to give it a more natural look.

 

hemi fire pit patio
Patio Solus Decor Hemi fire pit

 

We have a great range of accessories to help customise your fire pit including the fire stones used by Atelier through to table tops and drinks rings to make your fire pit multi functional.

 

 

Are you looking to create your own outdoor oasis? Why not get in touch to see how we can help with a fire or water feature to give that wow factor and create a space you can use all year round.

 

 

 

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Cool Contemporary Outdoor Living for the Family

Caneline furniture board

We want to help you make the most of your home and outdoor space at this time with this cool, contemporary space for the the whole family.

 

We’re all spending more time at home together as a family and now more than ever we want to help make your home a haven for the whole family.  We’re putting together simple DIY Ideas to revamp your outdoor living space with all items available with delivery direct to your door.  Whether you have a balcony, a small courtyard or a large back garden we know how important this outdoor space will become over the coming weeks and how it needs to work for you all as a family both day and night.

Here’s a cool contemporary idea for a family garden for those looking for that sleek modern style that still works with family life.

 

Caneline furniture board

Make Your Home A Haven

 

  • Comfortable seating to enjoy the garden with the family
  • Outdoor fire pit with Bio Ethanol fuel requiring no installation to keep you warm as the sun starts to set or on a chilly day
  • Side Table for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine!
  • Kinetic Sand, unlike ordinary sand means no mess, easy to mould and doesn’t dry out!
  • Moulds and a bucket and spade in this lovely scandi design
  • Stylish storage and a place to build those sandcastles

Shop The Look

    1. Mega Lounge Sofa by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery , 2. Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder  – Solus Decor, 3. Area Side Table by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery 
  1. Dante Beach Set – Scandiborn , 2. Kinetic Sand – Amazon , 3. Conic Box Table by Cane Line – Cedar Nursery 

 

If you’re feeling inspired and want to plan your garden get in touch with us or  Cedar Nursery for your outdoor furniture to help you make you home a haven at this time.

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Sustainability with Solus

Pacific Rim

A look at the growth for sustainability in garden design and garden products and how Solus Decor are working to ensure that this a clear focus in their products and business.

 

You couldn’t escape the desire for sustainability and more eco conscious gardens in the Society of Garden Designer style predictions for 2020; recycling and repurposing items,  planting for wildlife, edible flowers and romantic vegetable plots all featured in the 2020 design trends.  This comes as no surprise as climate change and sustainability is now part of every day discussion and we are all approaching lifestyle and design with a greater emphasis on the need for sustainability in all aspects of our lives.

We have been steadily improving our sustainability in both our products and the company as a whole as we recognise how important this is as an international business and this starts at the very core of the business and the products we create.  We believe that sustainability and durability go hand in hand so we create products designed to last a lifetime to counteract the throwaway culture that has become an increasing problem in today’s society.

We recognise that in the world of building products there is no such thing as a totally “sustainable” material. Rather, we can use materials in ways that provide for the best opportunity for sustainable use. We design our concrete and our products with this goal in mind.

Sustainability at Solus:

Recycling

  • Wood is recycled into wood pellets for high-efficiency stoves
  • Containers are recycled into various consumer products
  • Paper and cardboard are recycled
  • Rejected concrete is crushed and used as aggregate and fill
  • Wash water is filtered,  treated and then reused

Power

Our manufacturing is largely human powered. Concrete is cured at ambient temperatures with no superheating required

Indoor Air Quality

When cured, our concrete off-gases nothing more than trace amounts of water

Local Materials

We utilize largely locally sourced and manufactured materials.

Embodied Energy

When initial and recurring embodied energy are considered together, (i.e. the overall energy to produce and maintain our products) our concrete performs better than most other materials in comparable use according to Canadian Architect.

Office Materials

Wherever possible we use recycled, reusable and refillable office products.

 

Solus worker smooths fire pit

Sustainable Solus Products

Water Features: Traditionally any water feature is another way of wasting water as they require a constant water supply.  However the Scupper, Water Dome and new Pacific Rim is the exception to this, all our water products are self circulating  and simply require a power supply to allow the small amount of water to circulate and provide the tranquil sound of flowing water.

 

Fire Pits: We offer a variety of fuels for our concrete fire pits; natural gas, LPG and bio fuel. Our gas fire pits provide a more energy efficient alternative to a wood fire pit.  They provide a clean flame, that is quick to light, efficient and designed to last as gas burns more cleanly and produces fewer emissions into the atmosphere. The use of gas also eliminates the release of fine particles caused by wood smoke that can cause respiratory issues and prolonged exposure can cause long term health issues. For those looking to avoid gas completely we also offer a bio fuel option eliminating the need for any gas supply but still providing the same warmth and ambiance provided by the gas fire pits with the ultimate in flexibility within your outdoor space.

As we continue to design and produce our signature concrete products, sustainability and durability remains at the forefront of the process and we continue to evolve our processes throughout all aspects of the business.  Get in touch with us to find out more about our products and approach to sustainability.

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Winter Sun Inspiration

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking for some Winter Sun Inspiration? The Solus Decor team have been taking some inspiration from our installations around the world.

The days are shorter and the winter coats are out, winter is on the horizon if not already here and it has us dreaming of some winter sun.  Looking at the travel experts advice we have fire pits installed in some of the best winter sun destinations around the world. Here’s a few few winter sun recommendations if you are looking for some inspiration.

California

Solus firepit shown lit outside at monarch beach california

Looking to keep a hold on to warmer days but still enjoy a gentle breeze? Look no further than California, ideal for those looking for a more gentle climate and you won’t get bored with so many things to see and do.  This a shot of our Elevated Halo fire pit at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica with fantastic view of the famous Santa Monica Pier. More than 7 million visitors a year come to Santa Monica as one of the most famous beach cities, noted as one of National Geographic’s top ten and its close proximity to other Los Angeles attractions. Santa Monica Beach offers on average more than 300 days of sunshine a year and has some of the best sunsets on the West Coast.

Hawaii

A wonderful haven with a fantastic climate for those in search of winter sun. You can hop around the islands to see the vast  flora and fauna and learn about the rich culture and history of the islands.

This is an installation at a residential property for a Canadian client, who built their dream vacation home in Maui, Hawaii so they could make the most of the winter sun every year.  They have framed the house beautifully using our halo low fire pits. A wonderful oasis of calm to enjoy the winter months.

Three Solus halo low fire features near modern home and swimming pool in hawaii
Private Residence with Halo Low fire pits in Maui, Hawaii

 

For those looking for a little more excitement and entertainment with their winter sun then the famous Waikiki Beach is what you need. Waikiki beach is on the island of Oahu and is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you will find world class shopping, dining, entertainment, activities and resorts.

With so much in the surrounding area the Hyatt Regency Hotel Waikiki is the perfect beach place to base yourself to enjoy all that Honolulu and the rest of Oahu has to offer. After a day of exploring, the hotel has created the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy the views with a a drink around the fire in the evening. The hotel have used the Hemi fire pits as part of the outdoor area in the Regency club area.

Bahamas

Looking for all inclusive luxury without the children? Look no further than Warwick Paradise Island  An all-inclusive resort hotel in the beautiful setting of the Bahamas.  All-Inclusive takes any stresses out of your vacation, leaving you to simply enjoy yourself. You can relax on the resort’s private harbour beach or take in some of the best views of Nassau Harbour.

 

St Barths

The definition of beach side luxury, Hotel Le Toiny is a five star luxury resort on the exclusive island of St Barths.

Solus Decor fire pit at Hotel Le Toiny
Solus Decor Hemi Fire Pit at Hotel Le Toiny

 

Bee Osborn has created a relaxed, light and airy space using soft creams with luxurious textures in the fixtures and fittings.  Hotel Le Toiny is  a 5-Star tropical paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the hills of St. Barthelemy The Resort is made up of 22 luxury one and two bedroom suites nestled in of a lush palm grove bordered by Toiny beach.  The hotel has been designed as a sanctuary for guests to relax both indoors and outdoors.

Solus Decor are thrilled to be part of this stunning resort.  They have chosen to incorporate our Hemi fire pits on their beach terrace, providing a wonderful space for guest to enjoy at night.  The Hemi provide gently warmth as the sun goes down and a soft light that adds to the ambiance of this unique setting

 

 

Get in touch with us to find out more about our fire pits at these winter sun destinations.

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Feature Project: Salty’s Seattle

Salty's Seattle

A look at Salty’s, the hugely popular seafood restaurant on Alki beach near Seattle.

About Salty’s

Salty’s restaurant is located on Elliott Bay with sweeping views of the Seattle skyline. The restaurant has been hailed as having one of the best restaurant views by critics. Salty’s on Alki beach is part of a small chain of seafood restaurants with additional locations in Washington and Portland.  Salty’s on Alki beach was acquired by Gerry Kingen; founder of Salty’s in 1985 and from then it has gone from strength to strength. Salty’s offer a wonderful menu with a mix of charbroiled steaks and local seafood so you can be sure there is something for everyone, with a focus on local produce and sustainability.

Solus Hemi Firepit at Salty’s

Hemi firebowl with drinks ring at Salty’s Seattle

Salty’s have incorporated one of Hemi 48″ fire bowls on the terrace, a wonderful addition to this sensational space and the perfect place to enjoy the view with a drink on a cooler day. Salty’s have opted to accessorize their Hemi with a drinks ring; the ideal accompaniment to a restaurant setting. The drink ring allow space to rest a glass or small appetizer plate while you sit around the fire.

Salty’s have a number of spaces so they are perfect for a variety of occasions; a family dinner, happy hour after work or the perfect spot to celebrate a special family occasion in one of their three private dining spaces.

The Hemi is our signature fire pit and hugely popular in both the commercial and residential setting.  The Hemi is available in three sizes with three fuel options and a variety of accessories to make it adaptable to any environment, including our hugely popular new metal table top and drinks ring. To find our more about the Hemi and other commercial installations get in touch with the team.

Solus Firepits for Commercial Projects

Solus provides quality commercial grade firepits for hotels, restaurants, resorts and other commercial locations. Our firepits have the best warranty in the business and outstanding in-house customer service. We ship in museum quality containers almost anywhere in the world. We have CAD drawings for all of our designs and regularly assist architects, designers and developers in specifying a Solus firepit for commercial projects. Contact us to discuss your project.

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Outdoor Living in London

Outdoor living at its finest in South East London. A collaboration by LXA Architects and Simon Orchard Garden Design in the picturesque area of Blackheath in South East London.

 

A wonderful example of fantastic London design spearheaded by LXA architects; contemporary design working together with traditional architecture to create a luxurious space for modern living. LXA Architects transformed a building of five flats into one large, prestigious home. Covering more than 8,000 square feet, the property now boasts a swimming pool and numerous other leisure facilities.

With a building this size and specification it was crucial that the outside space reflected the same luxurious feel and Simon Orchard Garden Design did not disappoint.

 

 

Simon has created an outdoor oasis that works seamlessly with the architecture of the building.  As part of this design he has created wonderful outdoor living spaces from which one can enjoy the design of the building.  A part of this design he has incorporated a Solus Decor elevated halo to create a warm and inviting space.

 

Solus Decor Elevated Halo Fire Pit in Cinder

The elevated halo fire pit is perfect for outdoor entertaining. It truly embodies the idea of outdoor living all year round. Like all our fire pits it is available in twelve different colours and three different fuel options; bio ethanol, LPG and natural gas making it compatible for all situations and styles.

To find out more about this project by LXA architects and see more details take a look at their website and to see every aspect of this enticing outdoor space take a look at the full project on Simon Orchard’s website 

If your feeling inspired and want to create your outdoor retreat take a look at our full range of fire and water features or why not get in touch with us to discuss your outdoor space.

 

 

 

 

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Contemporary Garden Design in Essex

outdoor fire pit in Essex

A look at a contemporary garden design in Essex. M King & Sons have created a warm and inviting space using a Solus Decor fire pit as a focal point.

Today we are looking at a fantastic project in Colchester, Essex, which was a complete make over by M King & Sons who have created a fantastic outdoor space that can truly be used all year round.

M King and Sons, who specialise in ground work and construction in the Essex area. They have used their expertise to create a wonderful outdoor retreat for their client. By removing all the existing hard landscaping they have completely transformed the outdoor space. New ground work, hard landscaping, electrics and gas has created a warm and inviting space for their clients.

 

 

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Outdoor Living space with Elevated Halo fire pit

 

Working closely with the client they have created a wonderful space for entertaining. They have worked with mixed textures of grass and and stone and added relaxed outdoor seating around an Elevated Halo fire pit to create a welcoming space.

 

 

The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for this style of space as it offers the warmth of a fire along with the functionality of a table when used in conjunction with outdoor seating. With their clean profiles and soft curves the Halo Elevated fits well into a wide variety of outdoor environments. The elevated halo fire pit works in traditional and contemporary settings. The Elevated Halo is available in two sizes 36″ and 48″ and 10 different colour options. This variety makes it ideal for residential and commercial installations.

 

Solus halo elevated gas fire pit
Elevated Halo Fire Pit

If you would like to create your own outdoor retreat get in touch with us to find out more about our range of fire and water features.

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Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

A scholarship and courtyard renovation honour the life of Jordan Thiessen.

A very special fire pit was installed at the Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

It is in memory of the life of Jordan Thiessen who was a student at the university. During his time at the university Jordan felt that the unloved and uncared for Douglas Courtyard could be a beautiful space. With some planting and a fire pit it would offer a place for students to relax and enjoy on campus.  Something he shared with his parents during a campus visit.

When Jordan sadly lost his life on October 18 2012, just 12 days after he married his university sweetheart, the family wanted to do something in his memory. His parents, Shirley and Carey set up the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship endowment but they wanted to do more. They recognised the deep impact that the University had on Jordan’s short life. They felt that making over the Douglas courtyard would not only honour Jordan, but it would also benefit all future students. Shirley threw herself into raising funds for both the scholarship and the courtyard project. The Jordan Thiessen Memorial Courtyard was dedicated September 14, 2013. On what would have been Jordan’s 24th birthday.

 

Hemi Fire Pit at Jordan Thiessen Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

The memorial garden is now a wonderful place for students to enjoy, which gives great pleasure to Jordan’s parents.  If you would like to give to the courtyard project, or to the Jordan Thiessen Memorial Scholarship, please email Shirley Thiessen at shirley.thiessen@twu.ca.

For more information on Solus fire pits and water features please contact us.  TF:44 0208 819 1495 E: info@solusdecor.co.uk W: www.solusdecor.co.uk

 

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Making the most of a roof terrace

If you have a roof terrace or balcony, how can you make the most of it? There are some inspirational ideas out there to add value to your outside space.

Create warmth and use your outside space all year with a fire pit.

In a small space, it is still possible to add a functional but stylish fire pit that is safe to use. The Firecube is ideal and with different fuel options, it can conform to safety requirements. An optional table top also means it is multi-use.

For larger terraces or balconies, fire pits and tables will create a social area with seating positioned around. The Elevated Halo is a great example and used in residential and commercial spaces.

The Gwen Hotel, Chicago featuring a Solus Decor Elevated Halo fire table

 

Solus Dome water feature

Water features are also an option on a terrace and can create a calm and tranquil environment. They can be an oasis in the city and integral as part of the mindful living trend for 2018*. Look out for self-circulating and “plug and play” products. This means there is no plumbing and water is not being wasted. The Dome is a great example.

There are many designers who are experienced in designing roof top and terrace gardens which do tend to be in cities where outside space is at a premium.

 

 

Amber Freda Landscape Design have created some amazing spaces in NYC and their website has a portfolio of these as well as offering informative blogs such as flowers for a city roof top garden.

The Garden Builders in the UK have also worked on transforming roof spaces in London and their blog 7 roof terrace ideas showcases some of them and offers expert advice.

For more information on Solus fire pits and water features please contact us. T: 44 0208 819 1495 E: info@solusdecor.co.uk W: www.solusdecor.co.uk

*Source: Country Living