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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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Western Living Designers of the Year 2017

Western Living Designers of the Year 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Solus Decor have been selected as a finalist in Western Living Magazine’s Designers of the Year 2017

 

 

 

Western Living Designers of the Year 2017
WL Designers of the Year 2017

 

 

 

Solus Decor have been selected as a finalist within the industrial category with the key focus being around product design and we are among some fantastic designers within our category.  It is always an honor to be recognized for your design by the industry but it is particularly special when the focus is on your home town.  It means a huge amount to be part of Western Living’s initiative to recognize the talents of designers in Western Canada. Take a look at the finalists.

 

 

Take a look at our product entries for WL Designers of the Year 2017

 

Water Dome

 

 

The Water Dome

These water bowls feature polished metal domes that appear to float inside of concrete vessels. Water flows up through the center of each dome to run over the reflective surface of the hand-spun metal and then drop off the edges into the surrounding water creating sound. Like our concrete pieces, each metal dome is handmade and unique. The variations, inconsistencies and undulations characteristic of hand-spun metal create the beautiful water movement and reflections that define these water features.

The three dome sizes each have a different character as the curvature of the metal domes increases with their diameter. The Water Dome 26  has a modest curve that reads almost flat, reflecting its surroundings on its polished surface to create a pool like effect. With it’s wider surface the Water Dome 36 has a soft curve that bends and reflects light, arcing above the rim of the concrete bowl. As the largest dome the Water Dome 48 is generous and bold with a pronounced, rounded contour.

 

 

Scupper with Basin

 

 

The Scupper with Basin

An adaptation of our Scupper water bowls this version combines two concrete vessels to create a simple, self contained water feature. As with our original Scuppers, clean edged, mechanically formed metal and smooth concrete are brought to life by the liquid movement and pleasing sound of water. The Hemispherical bowl fills with water from a central hole in its base, creating a deep pool that spills out through the reflective channel of the scupper into the basin below. These water features can be used in any level location that has access to a standard electrical outlet. Appropriate for residential and commercial installation indoors and out.

 

 

Hemi with ring

 

 

The Hemi with Ring 

Expansions of the original Hemi line of Solus concrete fire pits the Ringed Hemis add a wide ringed surface to the top of our classic fire bowls to create contemporary fire tables. We designed the ring tops to respect the clean contours of the original bowls while providing a functional surface for small glasses and plates. A clean, modern reveal around the bottom edge of each ring adds visual lightness. The formal simplicity of these fire tables allow them to be used in a wide range of aesthetic settings. Available in 36″ and 48″ sizes to suit most spaces.

 

 

This year’s judging panel is made up of some exceptional names in the design industry, find out more about the panel.

 

 

The winners of each category will be announced on 31st August, thank you again to Western Living Magazine for selecting Solus Decor as a finalist

 

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Solus Decor Garden Inspiration

Water Dome

Summer is here and we have put together some ideas on how to incorporate a Solus fire and water product into your garden scheme this summer.

 

 

Water Dome
Garden Inspiration with the Water Dome

 

If you are looking to add a little calm and relaxation into the garden then the Water Dome is the perfect addition to your garden.  It is self circulating making it simple and easy to install in any garden scheme. The Water Dome is shown here in brass and cinder teamed with a lounger from Crate and Barrel allowing you to lie back and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the water.  To add some extra detail we have incorporated accessories with elements of metal to compliment the Water Dome, also available at Crate and Barrel.

 

Elevated Halo Firepit
Garden Inspiration with the Elevated Halo Firepit

 

 

If you are looking to add the element of fire into your garden and keep the chill away on those summer nights, the Elevated Halo is a brilliant addition to an outdoor seating area.  The Elevated Halo is coffee table height making it ideal when enjoying a drink with family and friends around the fire on a summer evening.  The Elevated Halo is shown here in portland, a neutral tone that works well with both contemporary and more traditional outdoor spaces.  We have combined the Elevated Halo with an L Shaped outdoor sofa from Crate and Barrel, a large cantilevered parasol by Skyline Design available at Lux Deco and accessories from Crate and Barrel.

 

To find out more about our products and to add an element of fire and water to your garden this summer get in touch.

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The Canadians take Chelsea Flower Show by storm

Solus dome water feature fountain

For the second year in a row Solus are exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show in London

 

Chelsea Flower Show is the epitome of all things British; gardening, flowers, afternoon tea and even the Royal stamp of approval.  The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show is a garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London.  The show has a long history and has been held in Chelsea since 1912 so as you can imagine it is steeped in tradition as we found out when we exhibited for the first time in 2016.

 

Chelsea Royal Hospital Front View

 

The show is a great opportunity to see new garden and outdoor living products and many are seen for the first time at Chelsea but for many the main draw is the incredible show gardens.  The show gardens take centre stage at the show with incredible vision and creativity displayed, not to mention the huge amount of hard work and labor involved to create the gardens.

 

Chelsea Barracks Garden Designed by Jo Thompson

 

We are very proud of our Canadian roots and taking Solus products to the world’s stage.  Solus designs its fire and water features for the extreme climates of Canada and the US.  One of the key things we wanted to do was add a fresh take to outdoor living, showing the traditional British gardener how we do it in North America.  The outdoor fire pit is still a relatively new concept in the UK so the Canadians definitely caused a stir at the show last year, so much so that we were shortlisted for Garden Product of the year for our fire cube.  The smallest of our products that is ideal for lighting up dark corners or if you have a small outdoor space, which is perhaps more common in the UK particularly in a city like London.

 

Solus Decor Fire Cube
Fire Cube, shortlisted for RHS Product of the Year 2016

 

The Canadians are back again this year in fine form and we are excited once again to be shortlisted for product of the year, this time we’re impressing with our water; our 48″ Water Dome.  We are hoping to bring back gold and make Canada proud at the Chelsea Flower Show!

 

Solus Decor Water Dome
48″ Water Dome, shortlisted for Product of the Year 2017

 

 

 

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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.