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Solus Launches New Outdoor Gas Firepit Design at HDExpo 2018.

Solus Decor Launches New Gas Outdoor Firepit at HDExpo 2018

Solus are looking forward to once again showcasing our modern backyard fire pits at this year’s Hospitality Design Expo, held at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

This year we are excited to launch a new Linear fire pit. This new Solus gas firepit is 6ft in length and can be used as single height or stacked for double height. Either composition will have an impact in your outdoor space.

Solus Décor Linear Gas Firepit. Suitable for backyards or commercial spaces. Showcasing at HDExpo 2018. The new design is the result of the talented Solus team’s dedication, vision and many man hours put in to produce an innovative and contemporary design. It is unmistakably Solus.
Solus Décor Linear Gas Firepit. Suitable for backyards or commercial spaces. Showcasing at HDExpo 2018. The new design is the result of the talented Solus team’s dedication, vision and many man hours put in to produce an innovative and contemporary design. It is unmistakably Solus.

Are you are looking to make an impact with your entrance? Or a design statement with a modern fire pit for a restaurant or hotel terrace. The Linear can provide semi-private areas when double height, or a divide areas for dining and drinks. It will also provide warmth and atmosphere but not take up valuable seating space. Made in Vancouver, Canada and shipped all over the world. Hence the Solus Linear firepit could be ideal for your restaurant, hotel or other commercial needs.

Along with the new fire pit is the metal table top.  This can convert into a drinks ring for the 36 and 48 Hemi fire pit. Solus started selling this earlier in the year and it has proved very popular for both commercial and domestic requirements. A simple disk table top is also available for the smaller 26 Hemi.

Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Also available as a metal table top. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. Ideal when not used as a fire pit.
Solus Décor Hemi Gas Firebowl Firepit. With metal drinks ring. Also available as a metal table top. Shown on the terrace at Predator Ridge Resort Canada. Ideal when not used as a fire pit.

Made out of noncorrosive aluminum and stainless steel which compliments the concrete material of the fire pit. The Hemi with drinks ring provides a sculptural fire bowl design, along with somewhere for guests to put drinks. The table top turns a fire pit into a multi-use product. A modern, unusual table that also protects the gas burners when not in use.

HD Expo is the premier trade show and conference for the hospitality industry. The show has been running since 1992 and is presented by Hospitality Design magazine and today it remains at the forefront of the hospitality industry offering the newest and most innovative products.  The conference is an opportunity for those in the industry to share ideas and provide inspiration by connecting with other hospitality professionals.

On our booth, we will of course be displaying and demonstrating a selection of our best-selling fire pits and water features alongside the new additions to our collection. If you are visiting this year, please come and see us and our products on booth 1874. We look forward to meeting you.

Contact us for more information on Solus products or visit our website: www.solusdecor.com

T: 1.877.255.3146

For more information on the HDExpo visit: www.hdexpo.com

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Trinity Western University Memorial Garden: Feature Project

Solus Hemi firepit lit at memorial garden university of trinity western langley BC

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

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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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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Concrete Inspiration and Design

Solus dome water feature fountain

It’s no secret that we’re fans of concrete and it is a fundamental part of what makes our fire and water features so unique, but why Concrete?

 

According to Houzz, 2017 is seeing a push in design to incorporate the use of more sustainable and durable materials in furniture and bathroom and kitchen design. This is filtering its way through to the high street as we can see the introduction of more concrete and other durable and sustainable materials into furniture and home accessories. We’re taking a look at the production of concrete, the key elements that make it such a great material to use in design and in the process picking some of our favorite images that team together metal elements with concrete just as we do in our own designs.

 

 

Solus Water Dome combining elements of concrete and brass

 

Why Concrete

 

  • Concrete is one of the most ubiquitous construction materials on the planet, it is incredibly durable and versatile.
  • Concrete is composed of materials that are readily available and often local.
  • The production of concrete is a relatively simple process.

 

Concrete flooring with brass border detail via www.myfriendshouse.co.uk

 

 

The production of concrete:

Concrete is formed when hydraulic cement reacts cHemically with water and binds with a blend of aggregates. This reaction, called hydration, causes the concrete mixture to harden and continues if there is free moisture to react with the cement.

 

This hydration stage is called “curing”. Curing can continue on a minuscule level for months, even years, but most concrete markedly cures in 28 days. During this time, concrete gains the bulk of its strength and loses most of its moisture content to the cHemical reaction and to evaporation.

 

For aesthetic concrete used for home and garden design, the initial 28-day cure is of great importance as this is when the concrete will undergo a change in appearance – from a darker, wet-looking surface to a lighter, dry one.

 

Concrete bathroom design with elements of mirror and polished chrome via www.dovcorbathrooms.co.uk

 

This is also the time when the concrete’s true color, with all its nuances, reveals itself. Concrete cured for at least 28 days is not only stronger than younger or “greener” concrete, but it is more aesthetically stable.

 

It is worth keeping in mind that proper cure time is essential to the creation of a quality hand cast concrete product. Patience is part of the recipe for a lifetime of function and enjoyment from any concrete feature whether used indoors or outdoors.

 

Bespoke concrete kitchen via www.molitili-interier.nl

The hard-wearing nature and aesthetically pleasing elements of concrete is precisely the reason we continue to see concrete used as a key element in today’s interiors; kitchens, bathrooms, staircases, flooring, lighting, and accessories.

 

 

Combining the elements of concrete and brass in bathroom design via www.madaboutthehouse.com

The nature of concrete means it is ideal for the modern home due to its durability and longevity, fitting perfectly with the current desire to incorporate more sustainable and environmentally conscious thinking in design. This current trend is synonymous with the Solus design philosophy; to design and produce beautiful, long lasting designs that run counter to a culture that has been obsessed with trends and disposable products.

 

 

To find our more about our beautifully crafted concrete products get in touch.

 

 

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Solus Decor Renovation and Relocation

Hemi Outdoor Fire Pit Solus

Solus Decor Relocation

 

After many happy years at 1445 Powell Street in Vancouver we are relocating to a much larger facility at 109 Braid Street with a mix of emotions. We have many happy memories from Powell Street looking back at what we have achieved and seeing how the fire and water features have developed.  However, we are hugely excited about 2017 and the additional space at Powell Street allowing the team to have greater space and efficiency for the manufacture of our fire and water features.  All our products are made from hand cast concrete, a skilled technique requiring specialist equipment and an accomplished team to manage all aspects of the processes.

 

Solus Decor Renovation

 

The Renovation of the new facility has been spearheaded by our General Manager Gam Yeo who has given the same attention to the renovation and relocation as he does with our fire and water features on a day to day basis.  The relocation and greater space has enabled us to invest in new equipment, which in most cases have been custom made for Solus Decor products.

 

 

Solus custom hopper for pouring concrete to create firepits
Customized Hopper

 

 

Our custom hopper above is for pouring concrete, this hopper will significantly increase our efficiency in pouring. It can hold enough concrete for up to four 36’’ Hemi Fire Bowls, whilst providing our pouring team with much improved ergonomics.

 

Click to find out more about our Hemi Fire Pits

 

 

One of the big changes in the new facility is the new push rack system, but what are the benefits of a push rack system?

 

 

New push rack system

 

  • Exceptional use of space, eliminating unnecessary aisles – good use of space is good, green thinking!
  • Allows for both selectivity and dense storage
  • More picking face locations
  • Fewer moving mechanical parts
  • Accommodates all pallet sizes
  • Allows us to rack, cure and store 560 units in a footprint of 40 feet x 70 feet

 

It’s safe to say we are looking forward to an exciting 2017 in a new location, working with our customers on their own renovation projects.

 

Click here to get in touch and see how we can help you with your own renovation project.

 

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FAQ’s about Fire Pit Certification and Warranty

Hemi 36 with Ring displayed in front of window. Solus warranty is the best in the business!

Questions you should ask when selecting your fire pit about certification and warranty:

 

Is your fire pit Certified as an Appliance?

Fire bowl

What does this mean?

New requirements are that both the burner and the vessel or enclosure must be certified to CSA/ANSI standards and tested as such. European testing (CE) will be complete in April 2016.

Most fire pit companies buy a “certified UL or CSA” burner off the shelf and simply insert it into their vessel. This means that the burner and vessel have not been tested in relation to each other.

The change in this requirement is due to regulatory and insurance demands in the field. Many states and provinces are introducing new regulations for fire pits to be fully certified as appliances. The rapid availability of fire pits in big box retailers and online has spawned a wave of regulatory and insurance changes.  Therefore the code and compliance of fire and fire pits in residential and commercial settings is becoming more stringent.

Why does this matter?

Simply inserting certified burners into bricks, concrete, metal, or other materials (as was done commonly in the past) is on the way out. This is because the burners and vessels are not tested and/or certified in relation to each other. The heat of the burner can react differently with different materials and the quality of the vessel. Improper ventilation or improper shut offs can also be dangerous and are also considered in the CSA/ANSI certification process.

What has happened to instigate this change?

In many jurisdictions the gas fitter or inspector has rejected burners that have been set into non-certified vessels or enclosures built on site. The gas fitter or inspector must sign off on the installation and will be looking for the “tags” for the whole appliance – not just the burner.

Because Solus fire pits were inspected (and passed), States and Provinces where we know this to be on the radar as of 2015 include: New York, Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. It is our anticipation that many other jurisdictions across North America will follow suit and reject non-certified fire pits in the coming year. Massachusetts serves an example of what is likely to be required of fire pit manufacturers in the near future.

Why don’t more fire pits companies certify?

Certification is painful, expensive, time consuming, laborious and requires deep technical expertise. Furthermore it has to be done in relation to each product that you manufacture, therefore if you have metal and concrete vessels you have to certify for each material – not just the burner.

Ask about Warranties and ask for details:

When shopping for your fire pit, ask specifically: What are the details and length of time for the warranties? Who handles the burner warranty? Who handles the warranty on the vessel?

Having undergone the entire certification process we introduced the best warranty in the fire pit world. As of 2016 Solus burners carry a 5 year warranty, 25 years when purchased with a cover.  They are made of brass, don’t rust and we are the manufacturer.  Solus concrete carries a 5 year warranty when purchased with a cover.   Our electronic systems carry a 3 year warranty when purchased with a cover.  This is an extension of the 6 months or 1 year cover normally given by electronic fire pits.  Solus warranty – the best in the business.

 

 

 

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Solus fire bowls by New York’s Wall Street Journal

The Hemi is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall. Solus Decor Hemi 36 pictured here in linen

Wall Street Journal reviews the Solus

Playing With Solus Fire

By LAILA KEARNEY

Fire pits have evolved from caves and campsites to become a central part of outdoor living. In a survey of 166 landscape architects, fire pits ranked as one of the most requested residential outdoor features of 2013, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. The pits are increasingly designed to use gas instead of kindling for environmental reasons and safety, while still bringing heat and art to the outdoors.

The Hemi is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall. Solus Decor's Hemi 36 pictured here in the colour Arbutus.
Solus Decor’s Hemi 36 pictured here in the colour linen.

Blazing Bowls

Hand-cast concrete décor company Solus built its first fire bowl six years ago for a client wanting flames to rise from within her cascading swimming pool in coastal Victoria, British Columbia. Fire pits have since become the Vancouver-based company’s best-selling product, said company president Brad Carpenter. Solus pit designs include this Hemi fire bowl. The Hemi pictured is 36-inches in diameter, 16.5 inches tall and can be built to use a propane burner or, more commonly, a natural-gas line that runs beneath the surface of the product.

 

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Top Ten Tips for Renovating an Existing Fireplace

Fireplaces don’t have to be the ugly duckling of your home – but so often they are!  It is true that we have seen our fair share of ugly fireplaces in our 18 year history.  This article deals with the top ten considerations when renovating your existing fireplace area.  The approach is the same whether you “Solusize it “ or simply change out your firebox.

Attractive fireplace features factor big in the enjoyment AND  in the resale of a home – right after kitchens and bathrooms., And yet, they are often left to the very end of a renovation in both time and budget.  Sometimes what goes in can be quite a design disappointment.Ugly old fireplace

So to help prevent some of those post renovations blues, Solus presents you with the Top Ten Tips that we recommend you consider before redesigning your existing fireplace.

1. Fuel Choice: Based on what is available at your location, you will need to determine if you want a natural gas, electric, wood-burning or a bio-fuel fireplace.  Reputable fireplace shops in your area should be able to steer you in the right direction.  Most fireplace retailers carry a select number of brands and specialize in providing a safe flame for your home. It’s a good idea to visit at least two shops within your local area, as they will have competing brands and should give you up to date advice about fuel choices that can be delivered to your home.

2. Size and Scale: slider1You will need to keep in mind the scale of the room and how much of a statement you wish to make with the fireplace. The general rule of thumb is that the bigger and taller the room is, the more you can entertain the idea of a larger fireplace and/or surround /cladding combination.

3. Focal Point: Is the fireplace going to be the focus of the room to gather around or will it only be used on special occasions? The furniture placement will greatly effect where the fireplace is viewed from and how.

4. Style: Consider what style you are looking for as the fireplace and surround can dramatically alter the look of a room. Is the style of the home contemporary, traditional or transitional (somewhere in-between)?Fraser with Overmantel Concrete Fireplace Surround

5. Hearth: Does it require a hearth? You can have no hearth, or one that is flush with the floor, an elevated hearth or sitting hearth.  A substantial hearth will add great prominence and don’t forget elevation.  Although a hearth is not essential, one will greatly add to the look of your fireplace.

6. Mantel:  Would you like a mantel? If hanging stockings is important it will require one. If considering tile, flagstone or paneling then one might not be required. More than being a place to store nick-naks, a mantel can break-up the look of the wall and also distribute heat away from any paintings or TVs above the fireplace.

7. TV Screen:  This one is usually the most contentious issue when designing a fireplace – as one party may want a 60″ inch behemoth on the wall and the other one wants… well TAPER in HALVA anything else!  Of course any good relationship is about compromise so let’s mount that TV, but make sure it’s not too high or your neck will pay the price and remember to use a heat barrier, like a concrete mantel, to keep the heat away from the AV.

8. Sub Straight:  A bit more technical, but your fireplace installer will be able to help.  As you get closer to the installation date you will need to decide on a sub straight, which can be anything from concrete board, plywood or drywall depending on the surround, cladding or fireplace box you are going forward with.

9. Structure: Find out what structural limitations you may have to work within. There may be all sorts of things lurking behind your wall that dictate what you are able to install. You will want your contractor or builder to review prior to going full steam ahead with you renovation.

10. Budget: Last, but certainly not least!  What is your budget?  Remember to allow for the cost of the materials plus the cost of installation.  A fireplace renovation done wrong is not easy to undo. It is not something one does every day – consider a professional.

If you ask yourself all of these question you are one step ahead of the game for having a

Happy at home by the Fireplace
Happy at home by the Fireplace

hassle free and on-time fireplace installation. Then all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your beautiful fire feature or share it and invite your friends and family over so they can tell you how great your new fireplace looks!

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Can a fire pit add value to your home?

Solus Hemi 36 Firebowl Photo credit: Houston Landscaping
Solus Hemi 36 Firebowl Photo credit: Houston Landscaping

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/

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Festive Deliveries and Holiday Mantels

Beautiful hearths decorated with the season’s finest have been a tradition in northern and southern climes for hundreds of years.  Through the chimney, the fireplace hearth has been credited as a favored landing spot for our man in red and white.. good ol’ Santa Clause.

Santa’s got a tough job, but with a great deal of experience and an excellent team of elves, he’s able to rise to the challenge year after year and deliver perfectly wrapped and operating toys all over the world.

Cornice surround with Solus 16" x 48" tile in Halva
Cornice surround with Solus 16″ x 48″ tile in Halva & in holiday mode.

Solus understands this job perfectly!  We crate and ship our contemporary fireplace surrounds, hearths, mantels, tiles etc., all over the world! And like Santa’s, our products arrive at their new homes in perfect condition, ready for local installations … and perfect delivery portals for our good friend Santa Claus.

Festive Halva Cornice surround with Solus 16" x 48" tile in Halva and natural light.
Festive Halva Cornice surround with Solus 16″ x 48″ tile in natural light.

This festive Cornice  fireplace surround and the Solus 16″ x 48″ concrete tile in Halva was shipped over 2000 miles, and perfectly installed by a local tile setter – and now it’s ready for Santa’s arrival!  “Our installer finished the fireplace on the weekend. It looks fabulous! Your website is good but the photos don’t do the product justice. They are very beautiful and we love it… the experience has been great.  Your shippers are amazing and everything got here fine.  Thanks for everything …”. from our happy Solus customer.

We also thought it would be fun to share some links for some last minute inspiration … or for you to keep on reference and book mark to prepare for next year.

Holiday Fireplace decor from Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/all-aglow-holid-162159

Holiday Mantels by Houzzers on Houzz.com http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5736320/list/25-Gorgeous-Holiday-Mantels-by-Houzzers

Have fun preparing for Santa and Happy Holidays from Solus Decor!