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Feature Project: Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Hawaii

Hemi Outdoor Fire Pit Solus

A look at the Luxury Hyatt Regency Hotel just steps away from the world famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is a synonymous with luxury and the Waikiki Beach hotel is no exception.  The hotel is equipped with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range or the exhilarating city center, allowing you to take in all everything that Honolulu has to offer.  The hotel features wonderful architecture and design to ensure the guests can enjoy the spectacular views wherever they are in the hotel with all rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanais.

 

Waikiki Beach Hawaii
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous neighborhood of Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters,” Waikiki was introduced to the world when its first hotel was built on its shores in 1901. Today, Waikiki 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 they 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.

 

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki fire pit
Hyatt Regency Waikiki featuring Hemi Fire Bowls

 

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Club Lounge

 

The fire bowl creates light and ambiance in the hotter months and provides the additional benefit of heat to the outdoor seating area on cooler evenings to ensure guests can make full use of the terrace throughout the year.  The Hemi fire bowl is available in 3 sizes, 10 different colour options and 3 different fuel options making it adaptable to a wide range of settings, both commercial and residential.

 

To find out more about the Hemi or similar products we would love to hear from you or to book a stay in Waikiki get in touch with the Hyatt Regency.

 

 

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Feature Project: Maui Vacation Home

Halo 36 Hawaii

 

We are featuring a recent residential installation as part of a fantastic project in Maui, Hawaii.

 

 

The client made contact with us directly as they began to look at the landscaping of the exterior of the major development they were undertaking in Maui, Hawaii. As things progressed with the majority of the build their attention soon turned to the landscaping element of the project and how they would develop this to compliment the architectural design of the main house.  The client is Canadian and were familiar with the Solus product given its Canadian roots and despite living overseas for many years they were keen to incorporate an element of the Canadian design into their new beach side home.

 

 

Hawaii Halo 36
Feature Project, Maui with Halo Low 36″

 

 

The overall concept and design of this sensational space was designed by the prestigious architect, Rick Ryniak.  Rick Ryniak is a Hawaii based architect who has built a solid reputation for creating sensational designs for the rich and famous in Hawaii. Rick’s design ethos is built around creating designs that work for his client’s lifestyle by understanding the way they live to incorporate these elements into his designs.  This house is no exception and we are thrilled to see our products in such incredible surroundings.

 

 

Halo 36 Hawaii
Feature Project, Maui with Halo Low 36″

 

 

The client opted for the Halo Low 36″ fire pit to compliment their landscape design and architecture. Each Halo cradles its flame, allowing the flickering fire light to reflect on its polished concrete surfaces.  Recessed bases create the impression that the concrete tops float, adding visual lightness for a modern feel.  The Halo Low is available in 36” and 48”with the option of natural gas, bio ethanol fuel and liquid propane making then easily adaptable for any outdoor space.

 

 

 

Feature Project, Maui with Halo Low 36″

 

We can’t think of a better place to sit back, relax and watch the sun go down.

 

To find out more about the Halo Low and our other products to create your dream outdoor space don’t hesitate to get in touch

with us.

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The Various Benefits of a Water Feature

Whether you’re planning out a landscape design for a private residence, or in the final stages for decorating a hotel lobby, adding a water feature will be beneficial.

 

This is because among the numerous benefits, water has been proven to act as a calming agent for the mind. According to Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, “We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken,” Nichols writes in  Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Happiness, however, is only one of the benefits. In this article we’ll take a look at how water features are not only benefitting individuals but also the environment.

 

One of the more unknown benefits of a water feature is that it reduces noise pollution. This is heavily dependent on the type of water feature that is installed. For instance, a stagnant pond is only going to provide minimal noise reduction whereas waterfalls and bubbling fountains are known to absorb noise to a greater extent. Part of the noise reduction is because it has its own soothing sound that an individual is likely to tune into. So it allows them to block out the sound of a barking dog, or the bustle in a lobby.

 

Solus Decor Water Dome
Solus Decor Water Dome

 

In addition to reducing noise, a water feature also helps filter the air in two ways. The first is by attracting dust particles due to the negative ions emitted from the flowing water. The second is through the formation of water vapors that help filter the air.

 

Another benefit of a water feature is that it acts as a focal point for gathering. This happens regardless of the water feature being a pool, fountain, waterfall, or pond. Since people are naturally attracted to water, it means that the conversations will continue longer and the individuals within the circle are more likely to bond.

 

Along with a water feature providing a focal point, it also provides individuality to the landscape. This occurs through the the size, shape, colour, design and placement of the feature. It also provides movement to an otherwise still area in the form of the water rushing and with wildlife visiting the water feature.

 

Solus Decor Scupper
Solus Decor Scupper

 

Another benefit is that the water features require minimal maintenance – as long as they aren’t a swimming pool. Essentially fountains, waterfalls, and ponds continuously recirculate the water from within. This not only limits the amount of water used but also reduces the chances of bacteria growing out of control. Of course, some maintenance must be done initially like filling up the water feature upon installation, but the majority of it is relatively maintenance free.

 

Perhaps one of the more appealing aspects of a water feature is that it raises the real estate value. This is because a water feature enhances the look of the property as it creates a harmonious and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Overall, a water feature is the answer for you if you’re looking to benefit the environment, the landscape, or yourself.

 

This article was written by CADdetails.com, the leading provider of manufacturer-specific building product information, high-quality CAD drawings, 3D models, BIM files, and projects. All of their high quality, digital content is available for download here 100% free of charge.

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Feature Project: The Brass on Baltimore, Kansas City

The Brass on Baltimore Kansas City

Our feature project is the sensational event space, Brass on Baltimore in Kansas City

 

The Brass on Baltimore is a unique event space, which seamlessly combines the old world charm of a historic social club with the modern luxury of society today.

The Kansas City Club as it was formerly know was originally formed in 1882, one of the premier social clubs in the Midwest. Like many clubs at the time the purpose was to cultivate social and business relationships between leading businessmen in Kansas City.  So historic is the building and architecture that is is appears on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was designed in the Gothic Revival style by the Kansas City architectural firm of Smith, Rea and Lovitt, construction of the Kansas City Club Building was started in 1918 and completed in 1922.

 

 

 

The Brass on Baltimore Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club

 

The club has now been given a new lease of life to create a unique event space by the Kansas City based architects, Helix Architecture & Design.  Helix have beautifully mixed both old and new in the club to create a luxury event space, whilst retaining the history of the building and looking to the future with contemporary elements.  The majority of the spaces have retained the period features from the early 1900’s where hand-hewn walnut, carved stone, stained glass, and gilded plaster were often used.

 

The Brass on Baltimore Club Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club, Kansas City
The Brass on Baltimore Club Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club, Kansas City

 

The contemporary elements of the building are exemplified on the fantastic roof terrace with expansive views across the city, which also features a Solus Elevated Halo fire pit to create the perfect location for cocktails and canapes, an after dinner drink or a quiet spot for a bride and groom to reflect on their special day.

 

The Brass on Baltimore Club Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club, Kansas City

 

The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for commercial outdoor spaces like the roof terrace at The Brass on Baltimore. With their clean profiles and soft curves the Halo Elevated fit well into a wide variety of outdoor environments, from traditional to modern. Both sizes offer the warmth of fire along with the functionality of a table and can be used in conjunction with standard seating. The Elevated Halo compliments the contemporary style of the roof terrace at The Brass on Baltimore with the historic architecture as a sensational backdrop.

 

The Brass on Baltimore Kansas City
Helix Architecture + Design, The Brass on Baltimore Club
 Find out more about the Elevated Halo and our other fire pits.
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Feature Project: Urbana Development, San Diego

fire pits Urbana San Diego

Urbana is a new take on urban living in San Diego, providing not only accommodation but also a lifestyle.

 

Urbana is located in the heart of the East Village a thriving area located east of the Gas Lamp District that has seen significant regeneration in recent years.  The opening of Petco Park in 2004 saw the area change and began the influx of upmarket restaurants, cafes and boutiques combined with the introduction of new apartment buildings for those keen to live in the up and coming area.

 

Urbana Development San Diego

 

Urbana is very much part of this regeneration and they have created a lifestyle rather than just a place to live with preferential rates and discounts with restaurants and local businesses in the area.  In addition to this Urbana offer a range of on site facilities and benefits to enhance the lifestyles’ of residents including on site fitness classes, games room, lounge space and the Vitamin D Lounge roof terrace complete with pool, grill stations and fire pits.

 

Urbana San Diego

 

Urbana have incorporated our Elevated Halo fire pits as part of the outdoor living area in the Vitamin D Lounge creating the prefect place to relax and enjoy a drink with friends all year round.  The fire pits create a focal point in the relaxed seating area whilst at the same time creating a space to rest a drink due to the enlarged space around the fire and coffee table height. The Elevated Halo is available in 36″ and 48″ in 10 different colors and 3 different fuel options making it easily adaptable for any commercial or residential installation.

 

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Elevated Halo fire pits at Vitamin D Lounge, Urbana, San Diego

 

If you like the sound of Urbana living get in touch with them to check on availability and rates or if you would like to create your own outdoor living space with an Elevated Halo fire pit get in touch with us to find out more at our San Diego number at 619.639.1231.

 

 

 

 

 

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Feature Project: A residential redevelopment in San Francisco

Our feature project is a look back at a fantastic redevelopment in the Noe Valley area of San Fancisco as featured in Dwell.

 

A tech industry couple made the decision to make the move from Palo Alto to seek out a new life in San Francisco.  They were keen to create a contemporary property that could take on their style and smart technology that encompasses their day to day lives.  After much searching they eventually found the right property in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco but it needed considerable work to make their dream a reality.  In order to make their dream a reality they called on architect Christi Azevedo. Christi is a San Fancisco based architect with an impressive portfolio with an eclectic mix of property styles who is well know in the San Francisco area for her expertise in giving worn out houses a new lease of life.  The property in Noa Valley was a compartmentalized 1970s style property and Christi Azevedo transformed the property into an open plan living space with an emphasis on indoor outdoor living, by careful focus on the materials used both indoors and outdoors.

 

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San Francisco Project by Christi Azevedo

 

Exterior of San Francisco project by Christi Azevedo

 

The external facade of the building was transformed by the use cedar boards that were charred using the ancient Japanese art of shou sugi ban. The couple researched the technique extensively, and even considered doing it themselves, before Azevedo convinced them to outsource the job to a Texas studio, Delta Millworks.  The couple were thrilled with the results and love the contemporary back drop this creates for the outdoor living space that is opened up fully thanks to the installation of bifold doors.  To complete the renovation of the exterior the rear patio was raised to bring in line with the level of the kitchen and the original redwood decking was reused and supplemented with recycled pieces from other projects.  The couple added a Solus Hemi fire pit to complete this well designed outdoor living space. The couple selected the cinder finish to compliment the overall color scheme to the external facade.

 

Hemi fire pit
Exterior with Hemi fire pit as featured in Dwell

 

 

The Hemi fire bowl creates a contemporary focal point to an outdoor seating area, and ideal spot to relax in the evening as the sun goes down and perfect for the weather in San Francisco, ensuring that the indoor outdoor living space can be used all year round even in the cooler months of the year. Available in three sizes to suit any space these round, concrete fire pits add heat, atmosphere and simple beauty. Our ‘cross-jet’ and ethanol burners provide ample flames and are built to last. As with all of our fire pits, Hemi 26, 36 and 48 are fully certified and come with warranties on parts and performance.

 

Hemi Fire Pit
Hemi Fire Pit in Cinder

 

We are thrilled to see our fire pit featured in such a sensational design, to find out more about the project read the full article on Dwell.  To find out more about the Hemi fire bowl or any of our other project get in touch.

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Feature Project: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica is the perfect blend of sun, sea and surf and the Santa Monica Beach Hotel is at the heart of it all with beach side luxury.

 

We are lucky enough to have worked with the renowned Loews hotel chain on a couple of occasions and each installation is different subject to the style and location of the hotel.  We love the beach side location and the relaxed setting of the Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Santa Monica Beach Hotel is recognized as one of the best Santa Monica Pier hotels where you can relax by the ocean view pool with a cocktail and enjoy the spa and restaurants. When you are ready to venture out there is the ocean right on your door step and you can wander along the Santa Monica beach and find out what Santa Monica has to offer.

 

Santa Monica Beach Hotel Pool
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, ocean view pool

 

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. Unlike many areas of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is known as a walkable and bike-friendly town, so it’s easy to get around and experience the wealth of shops, restaurants and attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade.

 

Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Beach

 

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel have used our Elevated Halo fire pits to add a warmth and ambiance to their outdoor areas for guests to enjoy as they watch the sun go down. The Elevated Halo fire pit is ideal for this setting with the coffee table height and large surround allowing you to rest a drink and small appetizer plates around the fire.

 

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with Elevated Halo Fire Pit

 

For those seeking out a romantic spot to enjoy an evening drink then you might want to opt for a poolside cabana with your very own Elevated Halo fire pit.  The pool side cabana allows to relax privately with a cocktail or a glass of Californian wine with a fire pit to keep you warm as the sun goes down.

 

Loews Hotel Santa Monica
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel poolside cabana

 

If you would like to enjoy a stay at the Santa Monica Beach Hotel get in touch with Loews Hotels or to find out more about the Elevated Halo or similar products get in touch with us.