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Feature Project: Solus Fire Pits at the Ocean Edge Resort, Cape Cod

A look at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Cape Cod. A relaxed and laid back vacation destination steeped in history.

Ocean Edge resort and golf club combine the luxury of the historic mansion with the villages that give the flexibility of your own home. From here you can explore the surrounding area and the wonderful facilities that the Ocean Edge Resort has to offer.  The Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club is an exquisite Victorian-style Mansion. It houses the Ocean Terrace, Bayzo’s Pub, and gorgeous flexible wedding, meeting and public spaces. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It resembles an English country manor with a luxurious feel for visiting guests to the area of Cape Cod.

The Mansion Ocean Edge Resort, Cape Cod
The Mansion at Ocean Edge Resort, Cape Cod

For those looking for their own space to relax and unwind, the Ocean Edge Resort has a collection of villas, that allow you to enjoy all the wonderful facilities. Whether that be the golf or the beautiful beach with your own private accommodation.

We couldn’t be happier to see our Hemi fire pits in this beautiful setting. The Ocean Edge Resort have created a relaxed and inviting space. Using a combination of the different Hemi sizes, they have a wonderful area for guests to enjoy all year round.

Fire Pits at Ocean Edge Resort
Hemi Fire Pits at Ocean Edge Resort

 

Fire Pits at Ocean Edge Resort
Hemi Fire Pits at Ocean Edge Resort

To find out more about Ocean Edge Resort and their many facilities get in touch with them directly.

If you would like to learn more about the Hemi or our other fire and water features get in touch with us.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

 

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Feature Project: Memorial Garden at Trinity Western University

A scholarship and courtyard renovation honor 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 recognized the deep impact that the University had on Jordan’s short life. They felt that making over the Douglas courtyard would not only honor 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.

 

Trinity Western University
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: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

 

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Feature Project: Residential Luxury in Vancouver BC

Luxury residential design by CE Miles and Evoke International Design in our home town of Vancouver.

Our latest feature projects blog are two luxury properties in Vancouver. Built by CE Miles Construction and designed by Evoke International Design who have worked together to create these beautiful properties. We are also thrilled to see our fire pits installed in these modern houses.  CE Miles Construction are based in Vancouver. They manage commercial and residential building projects with a focus on modern design.  Much like CE Miles, Evoke International Design have vast experience in both commercial and residential design. Evoke also have a flair for contemporary style, whether they are designing an office space or family home.  When these companies worked side by side, the result is two exciting properties in Point Grey and Kerrisdale in Vancouver. In doing so they have created a perfect back drop for our fire pits.

Point Grey, Vancouver

Point Grey Vancouver
Residential Property by CE Miles and Evoke International Design at Point Grey

 

Solus Fire Pit
Point Grey by CE Miles and Evoke International Design with Solus Fire Pit

 

Kerrisdale, Vancouver

Solus fire pit Kerrisdale Vancouver
Kerrisdale by CE Miles Construction and Evoke International Design with Solus Fire Pit

The Solus Elevated Halo fire pit has been chosen for both properties. These fire pits serve as the central point for the relaxed seating areas in the carefully landscaped gardens, which compliment the open plan interiors.  The concrete material of the fire pits balance with the finish of the buildings. This brings the whole scheme together to create a feeling of modern luxury.  The Elevated Halo fire pit is available in two sizes; 36″ and 48 “, three fuel options and 10 different colours. They are suitable for any scheme and in both commercial and residential designs.

 

Elevated Halo Fire Pit
Elevated Halo Fire Pit

For more information on Solus fire pits and our other products please contact us.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

 

 

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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.

Solus Firecube

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.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

*Source: Country Living

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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 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 centre. This allows you to take in everything that Honolulu has to offer.  The hotel also features wonderful architecture and design to ensure the guests can enjoy the spectacular views wherever they are in the hotel. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanais.

Waikiki Beach Hawaii
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

The world-famous neighborhood of Waikiki is located on the south shore of Honolulu and was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. It is known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters,”  and 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, 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.

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. The Hemi also provides the additional benefit of heat to the outdoor seating area on cooler evenings. It ensures that 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. This makes 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.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

 

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Top things to consider when designing for a firepit

There are many things to consider when designing the space and making a firepit a main feature.

 

Hemi Firebowl with Ring

DESIGN

This may seem obvious, but you really don’t want to be moving the firepit around the area – it is much easier to move the furniture than the firepit.

FUEL SOURCE

One consideration is the fuel source that will be used. Will it be natural gas, liquid propane, bio-fuel, wood burning? There are pros and cons to all of them. Operating costs, fuel refilling, clean up (or none) and maintenance are all things to think about.

If you are designing the space from scratch and have the ability to run a gas pipe, do so even if you haven’t selected the fire pit yet. Even if you opt for a bio fuel or wood burner, it will allow for future placement of a gas unit before you place your pavers, decking or tile.

SAFETY

Consider children.  How does the firepit operate?  What safety concerns are there?  How is it kept unlit when adults are not about?

Hemi outdoor gas fire pit Solus

MULT-FUNCTIONALITY

A good thing to consider is multi-functionality. Could the firepit be used as a table when not in use as a fire pit? This could possibly replace the need for a coffee table in your design.

Solus firebox gas fire pit with wood table top

LOCAL FIRE CODE

Consider the local fire code. Not all fire pits are created equally. Many states, provinces and counties require the entire fire pit to be certified as an appliance, not just having a certified burner. Most burners these days are certified, but once installed into a custom built brick pit they become uncertified.  If longevity is important – consider the warranty.

IGNITION SYSTEMS

There are a number of ignition systems to consider which include:  Manual lit ignition, Manual lit with flame supervision, Electronic ignition and electronic ignition with adjustable flame. There is also the high-tech option of the smart home kit. Our sales team would be happy to explain these different options in further detail along with how they can best suit your design.

RESALE VALUE

Consider the resale value – even if you are not planning to move or sell, fire pits have been (and continue to remain) one of the top three desired features of all outdoor landscape projects alongside lighting and dining.

Contact us for more information on our products and what to consider.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

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Feature Project: The River, the ultimate in Calgary luxury living

Our feature project is a new development in Calgary. The River is the ultimate in luxury living.

The new River development can be found in the Mission area of Calgary. This area blends old and new architecture. 4th Street is located here and is very popular, with it’s fashionable shops and restaurants. This sought after area, riverside location and great design has seen The River become a popular piece of Calgary real estate.

The River development Calgary
The River, Calgary

The talented team that created The River included Ledcor properties. Ledcor acted as both the developer and construction team on the project. They have been responsible for landmark buildings such as the Shaw Tower and the Shangri -La Hotel in Vancouver.  The architects firm Dialog led the design team, with luxury interiors by McIntyre Bills.  Dialog have also been behind some of Canada’s most famed buildings. Through the use of stone, glass, concrete and steel, they create buildings that relate to their environments.  McIntrye Bills are a interior design firm with over 20 years experience.  They are well known for their creative mix of elegance, comfort and functionality.  The strengths of this team are clear to see in the River development.

The River Calgary
The River luxury interiors by McIntyre Bills

Like many developers and designers, they understand the value of outdoor space in these buildings. They have maximized this potential by installing Solus fire pits into the balconies and terraces within the overall scheme.  The Solus concrete designs do compliment the overall exterior design of the building. The high grade materials we use to create our fire pits sit well with the luxury feel of this development.

Hemi Fire pit
The River master bedroom patio with Solus Decor Hemi fire pit

This image show a Hemi 26″ fire bowl. The fire bowl has added a touch of luxury and warmth to the balcony of a master bedroom suite.  The Hemi is available in 3 different sizes and 3 different fuel options. They are hugely adaptable to any outdoor space and location. The design of the Hemi works very well in this setting but there are other Solus designs available.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more about the Hemi or similar products.

TF: 1-877-255-3146

E:info@solusdecor.com

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A Romantic Stay at the Faimont Pacific Hotel

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and we’re taking a look at a luxury suite at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in our home town.

We are well aware of the romantic ambiance a Solus fire pit can can create. We have seen them take centre stage of marriage proposals and romantic wedding receptions. Not forgetting the Bachelor Canada.  So it’s no surprise that the Fairmont Pacific Hotel installed a Solus fire pit as part of their luxurious Chaiman’s Suite. This is a sensational suite. It is ideal for a romantic break, whether you are visiting from overseas or simply treating a loved one to a night of luxury.

The Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel is located in the heart of the financial district of Vancouver. It features a wealth of luxury services and facilities well known with the Fairmont brand.  The hotel is home to the Botanist cocktail bar and restaurant and the luxurious Willow Stream Spa to help you make the most of your Valentine’s stay.

 

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Hotel
Hemi Fire Pit at Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Hotel, Vancouver

However if you would like to make a truly lasting impression during your stay at the Fairmont Pacific, take a look at the Chairman’s Suite. Nicknamed the “Rock Star Suite” due to its lavish features including a custom, 8-foot-long Swarovski crystal chandelier. It also features a private elevator, a hand-carved soaker tub and two stunning living room areas. All designed in the style of a contemporary Balinese Villa.  The pièce de résistance is an exclusive rooftop patio with views of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains. This exclusive roof terrace includes a private gazebo with a meditation pond. Of course a Solus fire pit is featured to create the ultimate venue for a romantic stay.

Chairman's Suite at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
Hemi Fire Pit at Chairman’s Suite at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

 

Terrace chairman's suite fairmont pacific rim
Private Terrace with Hemi Fire Pit, Chairman’s Suite, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

 Get in touch with us to create your very own romantic haven at home. Find out more about our products.

Or get in touch with the Fairmont Pacific Rim to treat your loved one to the ultimate in luxury.

TF: 1.877.255.3146

E: info@solusdecor.com

W: www.solusdecor.com

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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, can conform to safety requirements. An optional table top also means it is multi-use.

Solus Décor Firecube
Solus Décor Firecube

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

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

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

Solus Dome water feature
Solus Dome water feature

Water features are also an option on a terrace and can create a calm and tranquil

environment – 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 which mean 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 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 Décor fire pits and water features please contact us.

*Source: Country Living

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Outdoor Trends for 2018 including wabi-sabi…

With offices on both sides of the Atlantic (North America and the UK) Solus gets a unique insight into the plans of designers and architects.

 

It always leads to some interesting observations and noticeable trends such as water conscious gardening, embracing imperfections and smart home and garden automation.

The Solus Dome water feature embracing wabi-sabi
The Solus Dome water feature embracing wabi-sabi

Water conscious gardening is a movement towards the more considered use of water for outdoor settings. This extends from understanding the most efficient uses of water during droughts to the most elegant uses in water-rich environments. Particularly in drought prone areas outdoor landscape designs are using more appropriate plants, storing and re circulating rainwater and installing irrigation systems that water the roots directly. In more water-rich environments gardeners are installing water features and water gardens to maximise the ambiance of their gardens and outdoor patios.

Smart home automation has been a major trend that is being seen throughout Europe and North America. Products like Amazon Echo and Google Home (that allow you to control everything in your home from your thermostat to your lighting) have made home automation achievable in any home or setting. This trend has been carried outdoors into gardens and outdoor spaces. Firepits, water features, hot tubs, irrigation systems and outdoor lighting are all examples of products that can now be controlled by smart devices. Solus Decor’s water features and electronic ignition firepits can be hooked up to home automation systems.

 

levated Halo fire table in Portland
Elevated Halo fire table in Portland

The Japanese philosophy of embracing imperfection, called wabi-sabi, has become an industry buzz word of late. For gardens using or recycling materials like concrete, stone and wood and avoiding the use of plastics or synthetics wherever possible. These natural materials all are beautiful because of their imperfections and they help reflect the organic nature of a garden. At Solus we embrace this philosophy with concrete product features that are hand cast and imperfectly perfect.

 

For further information on any Solus product please contact us.