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Creating Year-Round Outdoor Spaces with Solus Decor

5 friends standing around the Solus Decor Hemi Fire Bowl in the snow

Transforming your garden or patio into a year-round retreat can be both exciting and rewarding. With the right elements, your outdoor space can become a welcoming haven regardless of the season. Solus Decor UK offers a range of high-quality products designed to enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor living area. In this blog, we’ll explore how to create year-round outdoor spaces with the help of Solus Decor’s stunning fire features, water features, and accessories.

The Foundation of Year-Round Comfort: Fire Features

Fire Pits: The Heart of Your Outdoor Space

Nothing says warmth and comfort like a fire feature. Solus Decor’s range of fire features not only provides heat but also adds a stylish focal point to your garden. Whether you choose a gas or wood-burning option, a fire feature can extend your outdoor season well into the colder months. Here are some of our top choices for a gas fire feature:

  • Hemi Fire Bowl: With its sleek, modern design, the Hemi Fire Bowl is perfect for contemporary spaces.
  • Elevated Halo: This fire table combines functionality with elegance, ideal for dining and socializing.
  • Linear Fire Pit: A great option for larger spaces, providing both warmth and an impressive visual element.
Solus Decor Linear outdoor gas fire pit
Linear Fire Feature

Serenity Through All Seasons: Water Features

Water Features for a Calming Ambience

Adding a water feature to your garden can create a serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxation. Solus Decor’s water features are designed to operate year-round in non-freezing temperatures, making them a fantastic addition to any outdoor space. Consider these options:

  • Dome Water Feature: A self-contained unit that’s easy to install and maintain, offering the soothing sound of flowing water.
  • Scupper Water Feature: Perfect for walls or standalone installations, adding a sophisticated touch to your garden.

Solus scupper water feature

Complementing Elements: Furniture and Accessories

Stylish Furniture and Accessories to Complete Your Space

To fully enjoy your outdoor space year-round, investing in quality furniture and accessories is essential. Solus Decor offers a variety of products that can withstand the elements while providing comfort and style. Consider the following:

  • Outdoor Seating: Choose weather-resistant materials like teak or rattan, combined with cozy cushions for added comfort.
  • Outdoor Rugs: Add warmth and texture to your space with durable, all-weather rugs.
  • Planters and Lighting: Enhance the ambiance with strategically placed planters and soft, ambient lighting.

Practical Tips for Year-Round Enjoyment

Maintaining Your Outdoor Space Through the Seasons

Creating a year-round outdoor space involves some maintenance and planning. Here are practical tips to keep your garden looking great:

  • Winter Care for Fire Pits: Ensure your fire pit is protected from the elements with a durable cover.
  • Water Feature Maintenance: Regularly check water levels and clean filters to keep your water features in top condition.
  • Seasonal Planting: Choose plants that thrive in different seasons to keep your garden vibrant all year.
Solus hemi gas fire pit
Hemi Cover

Enhance Enjoyment with Covered Outdoor Spaces

Covered Spaces: Maximizing Use of Your Fire Features

To fully enjoy your fire features in any weather, consider adding a covered outdoor space. Pergolas, gazebos, or retractable awnings provide protection from rain and snow while still allowing ventilation for your fire pit. A covered area extends your living space and makes your garden a comfortable retreat year-round.

 

Conclusion

By incorporating Solus Decor’s high-quality fire pits, water features, and accessories, you can create an inviting outdoor space that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to host cozy winter gatherings or serene summer evenings, Solus Decor has everything you need to make a sanctuary out of your year-round outdoor spaces.

 

 

For more information on our fire pits, tables and bowls
info@solusdecor.co.uk | 020 8819 1495

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Build a Rainwater Collection System for Your Garden

Solus Dome water feature fountain

Enhance Your Solus Decor Dome Water Feature with an Eco-Friendly Rainwater Collection System

Rainwater harvesting is an environmentally friendly and efficient way to make the most of natural resources. At Solus Decor, we recommend integrating this system with your Solus Decor Water Feature to enhance both its functionality and sustainability. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you build a rainwater collection system for your garden.

Understanding the Basics

Before you begin, it’s important to understand the primary components of a rainwater collection system:

Catchment Area:
Typically, this is your roof, where rainwater is collected.

Gutters and Downspouts:
These channel the water from the roof to a collection point.

Filtration System:
Ensures the collected water is free from debris and contaminants.

Storage Tank:
Where the filtered water is stored.

Distribution System:
Channels water from the storage tank to your water feature.

Rain water collection system at Solus Decor UK showroom
Rain water collection system at Solus Decor UK showroom

Selecting the Right Components

Catchment Area and Gutters
Ensure your roof is suitable for rainwater harvesting. The surface should be clean and free from pollutants. Install gutters and downspouts made from non-toxic materials to channel the water effectively.

Filtration System
Choose a reliable filtration system. Basic options include leaf guards and mesh screens, but for cleaner water, consider a first flush diverter, which discards the initial runoff that may contain contaminants.

Storage Tank
Your storage tank can range from simple barrels to larger, more sophisticated tanks. Ensure the tank is food-grade and UV-resistant. Calculate the required tank size based on your local rainfall data and the roof area.

Distribution System
A pump might be necessary to move water from the storage tank to the water feature. Ensure the pump is compatible with the water feature’s requirements.

Installation Steps

Step 1: Prepare the Site Choose a location for your storage tank that is stable and near the downspouts. If your water feature is far from the tank, consider trenching for underground pipes.

Step 2: Install Gutters and Downspouts Install gutters along the edges of your roof, leading to downspouts. Ensure they are securely fastened and sloped correctly for efficient water flow.

Step 3: Set Up the Filtration System Attach the leaf guards or mesh screens to the gutters. Install the first flush diverter on the downspout to ensure cleaner water enters the tank.

Step 4: Install the Storage Tank Place the tank on a level surface. Connect the downspout to the tank’s inlet. Ensure there is an overflow outlet to handle excess water during heavy rains.

Step 5: Connect the Pump and Distribution System Install the pump, such as the Tuthill FHRP32V, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Connect it to the tank and the water feature using suitable piping. If necessary, install a pressure regulator to maintain a consistent water flow.

Self-Contained System Benefits

One of the standout features of Solus Decor water feature are their self-contained design. This means the water feature does not require a continuous connection to a mains water supply. The system recirculates the water it uses, making it ideal for integration with a rainwater harvesting system. Here are some benefits:

  • Water Conservation: By using harvested rainwater, you reduce your dependency on the municipal water supply.
  • Eco-Friendly: Harvesting rainwater reduces stormwater runoff and erosion, contributing positively to the environment.
  • Cost-Effective: Once set up, the rainwater collection system minimizes water bills and maintenance costs associated with water supply.

Encouraging people to use a rainwater collection system instead of relying on a water supply ensures sustainability. It promotes an eco-friendly approach by reducing water consumption and the overall carbon footprint.

Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your rainwater collection system.

  • Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Check for clogs and remove debris regularly.
  • Monitor the Filtration System: Clean or replace filters as needed.
  • Check the Storage Tank: Inspect for leaks and clean the tank periodically.
  • Maintain the Pump: Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for the pump.

Enhancing Efficiency

To maximize the efficiency of your rainwater collection system, consider the following tips:

  • Rainwater Harvesting Calculator: Use online tools to estimate potential water collection based on your roof size and local rainfall data.
  • Water Usage Planning: Plan how much water your Solus Decor Water Feature requires and adjust your storage and usage accordingly. For example, the 36″ Dome Water Feature will require approximately 15-30 litres of water.
  • Advanced Filtration: If you plan to use the water for purposes beyond your  water feature, such as gardening, consider additional filtration like carbon filters or UV sterilizers.

Solus Scupper Water Feature

Conclusion

Integrating a rainwater collection system with your Solus Decor Water Feature is a sustainable choice that enhances the aesthetics and functionality of your garden. By following these steps and maintaining the system properly, you can enjoy a beautiful water feature while conserving water and reducing your environmental footprint. Happy harvesting!