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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finalists for New Product of the Year Award – Chelsea Flower Show
Solus Decor UK is very pleased to have been selected as a finalist in the New Product of the Year Award 2016 at the Chelsea Flower Show.
A Fire Pit for Everyone
This is our very first year displaying at the Chelsea flower show. We are pleased to be participating in this prestigious event. We met so many people who visited our display – all with different sized gardens and patios. Our Firecube 16 is versatile for all of these applications. Small enough to fit a cozy apartment or small garden, this fire pit has the advantage of a biofuel (ethanol) burner. For larger gardens and outdoor spaces, the Firecube looks wonderful displayed in tiered clusters of 2 or 3 or placed in a seating area in multiples. The Firecube is also available with a Natural Gas or Propane burner. This makes it very convenient to burn for extended periods of time. Firecube 16 is compact and modern with a surprising amount of heat output for its small size. Clean-lined and functional, it fits easily into gardens and spaces of any size. It also transitions into a table when paired with its concrete lid.
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.
Earlier this summer, we launched our fire products into the UK at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London. Since then, Landscape Architects around the UK have been enamoured with the idea of our fire pits due to the warmth, ambience and conversations they bring to the world renowned British gardens.
Recently, an article was published in The District Post in the UK about our fire products and we’re very excited for what the Brits are saying about us. Read the entire article here:
Fire pits are a relatively new feature in the UK design and gardening world. They came over from warmer regions such as California, where the trend started, and are a luxury accessory that can easily be incorporated into garden designs in the UK as they are perfect for generating some warmth in our chillier alfresco lifestyle.
Solus Decor is a Canadian company founded 17 years ago by Brad Carpenter. They are unique in that their products are crafted almost entirely by hand and their ethos is very much geared towards sustainability. “The design is obviously a key feature of our fire pits,” says Brad, “but it’s also really important to us that they are sustainable. We strive for a small footprint – we use certified lumber, recycled materials and draw the bulk of our energy from human power. We believe sustainability and longevity go hand-in-hand.”
From humble beginnings, Solus Decor have now shipped their products all over the world to continents including Asia, Australia, Africa, North America and Europe. They launched the British arm of the business at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show this year and hope to expand their business all over Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa in early 2016, with plans to include Australasia in 2017.
After the discovery of fire many hundreds of thousands of years ago, it’s believed that fire pits were created by our ancestors to control the flames and the output of heat. They were initially holes dug in the ground, fuelled by wood and were designed for warmth, to ward off predators, to be a signalling beacon and later to cook food on. Fire pits in 2015 are – as you would imagine – far more sophisticated. Solus Decor fire pits can be fuelled by natural gas and bio fuel and are products of real beauty. They don’t need to be fixed into the ground and can be moved.
Before their launch this year, Jack Dunckley met with Brad and was really taken with his products. He is now incorporating them into some of his landscape designs. “The British are world renowned for their garden design, however the one thing we don’t tend to do is incorporate heat into our gardens, which is surprising considering our climate!” says Jack. “I think they are a great conversation starter, providing atmosphere and warmth and can really add a dimension to a garden.
According to the ASLA (American Association of Landscape Architects), fire pits are the number one design feature sought by clients for outdoor living spaces in America – who knows, in the next few years BALI (British Association of Landscape Architects) might be saying the same!
In the UK, you can order our fire products through Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery. Tel. 01273 494058
Last February, we launched our Solus Water bowls; the latest in West coast design. The feedback and sales have been incredible and complimentary but we felt it was necessary to address some common questions that have come up about them.
1 – Is there any maintenance to consider? Yes, the first consideration is to drain the bowl if you live in a climate that has a risk of freezing or even frost. The second is to to keep an eye on the water level as it will need occasional replenishment due to evaporation.
2 – Can the water feature be utilized alongside another pump or incorporated into a full pool or pond water feature?
Absolutely! The volume of water is going to dictate the pump that you may need to access if you are looking to incorporate it.
3 – Is the water totally contained within the vessel?
Yes! The domed Solus water bowl and water spigot with basin are totally self contained units where water recirculates on itself.
4 – How hard and how long does it take to set up?
Amazingly easy – set up time varies from 20 – 60 minutes.
5 – Does it come complete?
In North America, it comes with everything but the water. In Europe, due to CE regulations, it comes with the pump and cord but without a plug as specified by governmental regulations.
6 – Does it green or algae up?
The answer is, it depends – on your water, where you place it, if it is on all the time or sits and doesn’t circulate for some period of time. If concerned, there are simple, green additives you can add to the water to prevent algae build up.
Never hesitate to come by our presentation centre and view the water bowls or call us at 1-877-255-3146 ( North America ) or 44 208 819 1495 ( UK & Europe ) to learn more.
Are you looking for the perfect contemporary piece to decorate a hotel lobby, entryway to a winery or patio on a golf course? Or perhaps a treat for yourself to accent your garden, walkway or the front of your house? Introducing the latest in West coast landscape design, Solus water bowls.
We launched the Solus water bowls at the Vancouver Buildex show in February and the response was so outstanding that we knew we had a new gem on our hands, and had to launch them immediately.
Solus water bowls not only offer the perfect, tranquil ambiance to your outdoor space, they are also easy to install. So easy in fact that we call them ‘Plug & Play’, as you just need to add water.
Currently we offer two styles; domed or scrupper (seen below) which come in different sizes. The scrupper water bowl is available with the 26″ bowl. The dome water bowl comes in three different bowl sizes; 26″, 36″ and 48″. The flexibility of sizes make them the ideal match for either a cozy front yard or a spacious outdoor space.
In addition to their beauty, Solus offers fantastic customer service. Just check out our testimonals.
For more information, feel free to call us toll free 1 877 255 3146 or visit us a www.solusdecor.co.uk.
Solus Decor is happy to have donated $500 to Qoola frozen yogurt bar in Vancouver. They are trying to raise $8000 for Habitat for Humanity to support the Philippines.
You might remember some 6 months ago on November 8, the strongest typhoon in world history, Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) hit the Eastern coast of the Philippines causing massive floods, landslides and destruction. Typhoon Haiyan affected more than 10 million people across 44 provinces, that’s about 2 million families or one-third of the Canadian population. More than 1 million houses were also destroyed.
As of April 2014, Habitat for Humanity has distributed more than 17,834 shelter kits throughout Eastern Philipines. They have also raised 70% of the funds needed to supply their targeted 30,000 kits. More money is still needed.
if you would like to help re-build Philippines, please also consider donating to Qoola.
As one of three finalists in the contest, she received a rendering of her space by Sarah Gallop Design.This breathtaking design featured a multi-leveled deck, a hot tub along the back of the house and a fire pit area on the side of the house. This dream of a design inspired Melissa to get everyone she knew to vote for her, eventually leading her to winning the contest.
As reality would have it, however, Melissa knew that $10,000 wouldn’t be enough to cover everything set forth in the rendering. Thus, the big decision to choose a hot tub versus a fire pit commenced. Melissa knew that although lovely, the hot tub would eat up the majority of the budget taking away from the deck and other finishing touches. Plus, a strong benefit to having a fire pit is that entertaining is much more spontaneous, frequent and convivial around a round shaped firebowl which creates that campfire feel at home. Thus, she decided to go with a fire pit for the final design.
Melissa ended up contracting Jonker Custom Building who specialize in sustainable designs to redesign her backyard. As seen in the image above, our Hemi firebowl was made the star of the yard while leaving enough space for a vegetable garden on the side.
We are thrilled that Melissa chose to include our Hemi 36-inch firebowl amongst her design and make it apart of her lifestyle. We know she will be more than satisfied, as well as toasty warm during the September to May chilly months.
The renovation is currently underway and we will update you with pictures once completed.