Chelsea is at the forefront of the shows for the garden industry. This year is no exception and we are excited to see the CHERUB HIV Garden: A Life Without Walls designed by Naomi Ferrett-Cohen. Naomi is working with HIV partnership CHERUB to help raise awareness about young people living with HIV in the UK and beyond. Featuring a Solus Water Dome, Naomi has designed a space that could be recreated within a home garden context. The garden uses specialist planting and design to take visitors on a powerful symbolic journey helping to promote acceptance and understanding about the condition.
About 3 million outdoor firepits/fireplaces are installed every year in North America according to the Hearth Patio & Barbeque Association, as part of an overall trend toward more extensive outdoor living spaces”
Reinforcing this growing popularity is the results from a recent Residential Landscape Architecture trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that fire pits are the 3rd most popular outdoor feature after lighting and dining.
“Homeowners know that designed landscapes add value to their lives as well as their property values,” said ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA. “They’re interested in livable, open spaces that are both stylish and earth friendly.”
When considering a firepit you can expect to see a range of costs – from a few hundred dollars for a small portable fire pit that will last for a few years, to a few thousand for a luxurious fire pit that makes an architectural statement and will be a permanent feature of your home. There are also several fuel options for your fire pit – such as natural gas, propane or ethanol (bio fuel).
The convenience of natural gas or propane gas fire pits are well known. In many communities wood burners are either not allowed or banned during many parts of the year that you would probably want to be outside by a fire. The mess a wood burner creates can be substantial.
Other considerations include non combustible clearances to overhangs, the amount of heat you may or may not need and how your outdoor seating may interact with the firepit.
Like fireplaces, there are numerous questions about firepits and a Solus Decor Design Consultant would be happy to assist you with your project.
Give us a call at 1+ (877) 255-3146 or visit our firepit gallery at www.solusdecor.co.uk/photos/
Are fire pits legal? Are they safe to use? Do they require permits in Vancouver? These are some common question we get asked so we’d like to take a moment to clarify.
First and foremost, fire pits are absolutely legal in Canada and United States. We also ship worldwide. If you live outside of North America and would like to order a fire pit, first check with your municipality/city but we would be surprised if it wasn’t.
As for whether or not Solus fire pits require permits in Vancouver, unlike wood-burning fire pits which are banned by most municipalities, Solus fire pits adhere to municipal bylaws because they are generally fueled by natural gas or propane. Also, because no materials or substances are burned in the fire pit (i.e. waste, paper, plant material, wood or vegetation) you do not require a permit in Vancouver. And if that’s not great news, some burners fueled by ethanol can even be used inside landscape structures such as gazebos. Think of the décor possibilities!
Social benefits of having a fire pit:
Fire has always been a natural draw for those spending time outside. Today’s fire features are more than just focal points; they’re also social magnets. People are just naturally attracted to fire. Most people tell us after they’ve installed a fire bowl, that it becomes a gathering place, a natural conversation pit.
How to choose a fire pit:
Once you have chosen the fuel type (natural gas, propane or ethanol), deciding between a fire pit, fire table or fire bowl comes down to personal preference, functionality and style. The fire table is quite popular because it allows you to place a small plate or a glass on the surface, although we now also offer this ability on our 48″ Hemi firebowl thanks to the new Orbital ring we just launched. Fire bowls on the other hand tend to kick out more warmth and inspire more conversation. Of the Solus product line, the Hemi 36″ firebowl is a big seller.
If you’d like to see for yourself which model you’d prefer, feel free to drop by our showroom or give us a call 1(877) 255 3146 so we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.
As you can see below, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces came in third to Lighting (98.3%) and Seating/Dining areas (97.7%) as the most popular or in-demand outdoor living features. It’s no wonder we are seeing a rise in popularity for fire pits. Not only do they provide a substantial amount of heat allowing people to use their outdoor spaces for longer periods during the year, they also provide the perfect, convivial ambiance for social and family experiences that are welcoming, lively and enjoyable. And if that’s not enough, they can also increase the curb value of one’s home.
2014 Outdoor Living Features Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular:
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