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The Top 5 Considerations for Incorporating a Modern Gas Fire Pit Into Commercial Venues

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

Outdoor spaces in commercial establishments are in high demand, prompting businesses such as hotels and restaurants to seek modern solutions for customer attraction,  warmth and aesthetics. Solus Decor, a leading provider of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) fire pits, offers an exquisite combination of durability and safety. This article explores the safety considerations and unique features our products can provide. For instance, glass wind guards, remote shut-off valves and ignition lock boxes or timers are important when incorporating Solus’ UHPC modern gas fire pits in commercial settings.

Resilient Construction with Ultra-High-Performance Concrete:

Solus Decor is renowned for its commitment to quality and durability, evident in our use of UHPC. This material not only provides exceptional strength but also ensures longevity in diverse weather conditions, making Solus fire pits a reliable choice for commercial venues seeking a long-lasting fire pit.

Glass Wind Guards for Enhanced Safety:

One of the standout features of Solus gas fire pits is the incorporation of glass wind guards. These shields serve as an aesthetically pleasing but protective barrier against gusts of wind, preventing flames from being extinguished unexpectedly. This additional safety measure is crucial in maintaining a consistent and secure flame, when an area is prone to open and exposed wind gusts like rooftop gardens or seaside outdoor patios.

Certifications and Compliance:

Solus Decor understands the importance of adhering to safety standards and local regulations. Our modern gas fire pits are designed with compliance in mind, ensuring that installations meet industry standards. Obtaining necessary certifications is a critical step to guarantee the safety of patrons and staff in commercial settings.

 

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

 

Automatic Ignition Systems and Flame Control Technology:

Solus gas fire pits feature advanced automatic ignition systems that enhance safety by shutting off the gas supply in case of unforeseen circumstances. Coupled with flame control technology, these systems allow precise adjustment of flame height, offering businesses the flexibility to create their desired ambiance, while maintaining control and safety. Personally, we recommend utilizing either a lock box or timer integrated as the ignition system. This level of control allows the commercial venue to direct the activities surrounding the fire pit. 

Incorporating Stylish Glass Wind Guards:

The addition of glass wind guards not only serves a functional purpose but also contributes to the aesthetic appeal of Solus fire pits. The transparent shields allow patrons to enjoy the mesmerizing flames with an unobstructed view. This combination of style and safety adds a unique touch to the outdoor ambiance.

Regular Maintenance for Optimal Performance:

Scheduled maintenance checks are paramount to identify and address potential issues promptly. Regular inspections help businesses uphold the safety and functionality of Solus’ gas fire pits ensuring a consistent and secure outdoor experience for patrons. Solus is the original manufacturer of it’s burners and therefore parts and accessories are readily available should the need arise. 

 

Fire pits for commercial venues/locations

 

Conclusion:

Solus Decor’s gas fire pits are crafted with ultra-high-performance concrete and complemented by stylish glass windshields, offering a sophisticated solution for commercial outdoor spaces. The incorporation of these safety features, along with a commitment to quality and compliance, allows businesses to create a warm and secure atmosphere. By embracing the durability of UHPC and the protective benefits of glass windshields, Solus elevates safety and style in outdoor settings. Consequently ensuring a memorable experience for patrons in hotels and restaurants.

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Comparing Solus Fire Bowls and DIY Fire Bowls

Solus fire pits vs DIY fire pits

When comparing modern concrete fire bowls or fire tables purchased from a manufacturer (such as Solus Decor) with do-it-yourself (DIY) concrete fire bowls, there are several factors to consider. Both options have their own advantages and drawbacks, and the choice between them depends on a variety of factors. For example, personal preferences, skill level, and your desired outcome. Let’s explore the differences between Solus modern concrete fire bowls and DIY concrete fire bowls or fire tables.

 

Comparing manufactured fire pits and DIY fire pits

 

The advantages of Solus Decor’s Contemporary Concrete Fire Bowls and Fire tables

 

  1. Professional Craftsmanship:

Purchasing a modern concrete fire bowl or fire table from a reputable manufacturer ensures a high level of craftsmanship, durability and a proven track record.  However most importantly, it guarantees a fire pit that is certified and safe  (CSA, ANSI, CE or UKCA).  Solus bowls are professionally designed, cast, certified and assembled, providing a polished and aesthetically beautiful finish.

  1. Multiple sizes, shapes and burner configurations:

 Solus offers a range of customisation options, allowing customers to choose from various sizes, shapes, colours and finishes. This provides flexibility to match the fire bowl or fire table with the overall design of the outdoor space and in some circumstances allows the fire bowl to be converted into a table top which adds additional functionality to the space.

  1. Quality Assurance:

Established manufacturers adhere to quality standards and use concrete suitable for outdoor weather.  For instance, our products are backed up by thousands of installations around the world over the past 25 years.  At Solus, we use UHPC (Ultra High Performance Concrete) which is made to withstand climate – Canadian climate – arguably one of the toughest climates on the planet.  This results in a long-lasting fire bowl that withstands outdoor conditions whilst retaining its aesthetic appeal over time.

  1. Ease of Installation:

Concrete fire bowls from reputable manufacturers are designed for easy installation with guides and videos that are easily accessible.

  1.   Consistency in Design:

Choosing a manufactured concrete fire bowl ensures a consistent design and finish. This is crucial for those who want a cohesive look in their outdoor space.

 

Solus fire pits vs DIY fire pits

The advantages of DIY Concrete Fire Bowls:

  1. Cost Savings:

DIY concrete fire bowls can be more cost-effective compared to purchasing a pre-made one. This is  true if you already have the necessary skills,  tools, molds and materials.

  1. Customization Freedom:

DIY projects allow for creative freedom. You can design the bowl to your specifications, experimenting with shapes, sizes, and finishes without limitations imposed by pre-made options.

  1. Personal Satisfaction:

There’s a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction that comes with creating something with your own hands. 

  1. Learning Experience:

 DIY projects provide an opportunity to learn new skills. Working with concrete can be a valuable experience for those interested in hands-on craftsmanship.

Important Considerations for DIY Concrete Fire Bowls:

DIY concrete fire pit

  1. Skill Level:

DIY concrete projects require some level of skill and knowledge. Individuals without experience may need to invest time in learning the basics. It is not as easy as throwing sand, gravel and powder into a mixing barrel despite the you tube videos out there. 

  1. Time and Effort:

 Creating a DIY concrete fire bowl can be time-consuming. It requires careful planning, execution, and curing time for the concrete. All concrete is not created the same and more often than not home made or DIY concrete doesn’t last and often cracks.

  1. Materials and Tools:

Ensure that you have access to the necessary materials, tools, and safety equipment. This includes concrete mix, molds, reinforcing materials, and personal protective gear.

  1. Design Precision:

 Achieving a precise and polished design requires a lot of skills not to mentioned a vibration platform to achieve a polished look.  Individuals should be prepared for some experimentation to get the desired result.

  1. Longevity:

The longevity of a DIY concrete fire bowl is circumstantial, and requires a deep understanding of concrete, as well as the level of craftsmanship. Attention to detail during the construction phase is crucial for durability.

Conclusion:

The choice between a pre-made Solus Decor modern concrete fire bowl or modern gas fire table and a DIY project depends on individual preferences, budget constraints, and the willingness to invest time and effort in the creation process. While manufactured options offer convenience, quality assurance, and customization within certain parameters, DIY projects provide the freedom to create a personalized piece. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the balance between convenience, customization, and the satisfaction derived from crafting your own outdoor feature.

With do-it-yourself (DIY) concrete fire bowls created at home, there are several factors to consider. Both options have their own advantages and disadvantages and the choice between them depends on factors such as personal preferences, skill level, and the desired outcome.

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Exploring 4 Common Fire Pit Toppings or Fillers

Fire pit toppings and fillers, lava rock, fire stone and fire glass

Exploring 4 Common Fire Pit Fillers/Toppings: Comparing Lava Rock, Fire Stones, Glass, and the Hazards of Real Stone

Creating the perfect ambiance in your outdoor space with a modern gas fire pit often involves choosing the right materials that are both safe and aesthetically pleasing. Solus Decor, a company renowned for its contemporary fire pits and concrete products, offers a couple of options to elevate your outdoor experience. In this exploration, we’ll compare popular fire pit toppings, including lava rock, fire stones made to mimic real stone and fire glass, while also shedding light on the potential hazards associated with using real stone.

Lava Rock:

Appearance: Lava rock, a natural and porous stone, adds a rustic charm to fire pits with its diverse shapes and sizes. Solus lava rock is black as although some others use red lava stone, this isn’t as natural or attractive to our eye. What our clients see arguably matters most to them, and therefore is of utmost importance to us.

Functionality: Widely used as a filler material in gas fire pits to cover the burner and plate, lava rock possesses the unique ability to absorb and radiate heat, ensuring a lasting warmth even after the flames have subsided. 

Solus Decor’s modern fire pits come integrated with lava rock, enhancing both the aesthetic appeal and functional warmth of your outdoor space.

 

Lava rock fire pit topping/filler

 

Solus Fire Stones:  Refractory stone made to look like real stone

Appearance: For a modern and stylish look, Solus Decor’s fire stones are available in various colors and shapes, serving as decorative elements.  The purpose of the Solus stone is two fold: To keep the lava in the fire pit when they are wet as they will want to “pop” out when wet with the addition of instant heat.  For safety – the Solus fire stone is actually refractory concrete kiln dried at hundreds of degrees to allow for them to inset into a fire pit safely.  Real stone should never be put into a fire pit as it is extremely dangerous and yet all sorts of companies utilize it for fire pits and it is sold widely on the internet.  Specifically, natural stones are unsafe to use as they will split under heat and become projectiles. We have been in the fire pit business for 19 years and are still befuddled by the “river stone” that is sold by fire pit manufacturers or online retailers. 

Functionality: Primarily chosen for their decorative qualities, fire stones are often placed on top of burners or layered over other filler materials.  All Solus Decor’s fire pits have a centering of fire stone around the burner jets to reduce lava from “popping”.  We do have the option of selling additional stone to fill the entire fire bowl or fire table.

Solus Decor’s range of fire pit, fire bowl and fire tables beautifully complement the use of fire stones and add a contemporary touch to your outdoor setting.

 

Refractory fire stones for fire pit toppings/fillers

 

Fire Glass:

Appearance: Tempered glass, known as fire glass, comes in an array of colors, providing a vibrant and sparkling aesthetic to a fire pit.  Fire glass is a beautiful addition to a sleek concrete fire pit, and if installed correctly, completely safe.  However, a cautionary note, if you are using a propane fire pit be careful that the layer of glass is not too thick.  In the event of a leak, the glass may trap the propane in the bowl (as propane is heavier than air) causing it to sink to the bottom of the vessel.  Nonetheless, unlike lava rock fire glass doesn’t absorb heat but rather reflects flames. This creates a mesmerizing visual display, making it a popular choice amongst our customers. 

 

Comparing fire pit fillers and toppings

 

Weighing up safety concerns and aesthetics:

While natural stone can lend a timeless and earthy feel to fire pits, it’s crucial to be aware of potential hazards. It is a ridiculous item to put in a fire pit and yet it is actively sold and readily available online. Real stone, when subjected to intense heat, may crack or explode due to its porous nature. Therefore posing a safety risk and potentially leading to structural damage. Refractory fire stone on the other hand is made to mimic real stone and is the only safe alternative with the same aesthetic.

When selecting fire pit fillers or toppings striking a balance between aesthetics and safety is paramount. Solus Decor’s offerings showcase a blend of contemporary design and quality materials, providing diverse options to create a captivating outdoor space while prioritizing safety.

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Getting Ready for Winter; How You can Prepare Your Solus Fire Pit In 12 Easy Steps

Getting Ready for Winter; Checklist for your Solus Fire Pit

Getting Ready For Winter; How You Can Prepare Your Solus Fire Pit in 12 Easy Steps.

When your Solus fire pit is not going to be used for months (although it can be enjoyed year round), or will be stored during winter, we recommend the following instructions.

Preparing your Solus gas outdoor fire pit for winter is essential to ensure its longevity and safe operation. By following these steps and the specific instructions provided by Solus or the retailer, you can ensure it remains safe and functional for years to come.

  • Step 1: Shut off the main gas supply and electrical switch (if equipped). Locate the shut-off valve and close it to prevent gas flow. This is to avoid accidental ignition. Remove leaves and stones inside the cage (if necessary).
  • Step 2: Remove all accessories like wood top and glass shield and store indoors. If your fire pit has removable components such as a glass wind guards, consider storing them indoors for the winter to prevent damage and to allow the cover to fit snugly.Clean and dry the components before storing them.
Accessories for a Solus Fire Pit
Accessories for a Solus Fire Pit
  • Step 3: Clean the exterior of the fire pit. Remove all debris, leaves and soot from the fire pit. Moisture, dirt, dust and other surface contaminants must be wiped and cleaned. Use warm water and soap.
  • Step 4: Clean the burner. Use a soft brush and avoid using abrasive materials that could damage the burner.
  • Step 5: Clean the Ignition (if equipped). For electronic ignition, use emery cloth or very fine sandpaper (above 400)  and gently buff the ignitor, the pilot assembly and the thermosensor only if they look discoloured or sooty. If they look clean, leave them alone. For manual ignition with a flame supervision device, if dirty, use the same method of emery cloth or very fine sandpaper.
  • Step 6: Check Pilot Assembly (if equipped). Check and remove any debris and soot inside the pilot cage and within the burner. Any debris can trap moisture during storage and can result in a clogged and blocked orifice. TIP: Using a compressed air duster or vaccum to clean the burner nozzles and pilot assembly really helps to blow any debris or water out and can avoid having to dissemble the pilot and significantly improve the strength of the pilot flame. These can be purchased online or in electronics stores.
  • Step 7: Inspect the firepit. Inspect the burner, gas lines, and ignition system for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage. Look for rust, cracks, or loose connections.  This requires you to remove the rocks (put them in a bucket) and pull the burner up via the burner manifold and inspect the connections underneath.  Ignition issues can often be a simple loose connection.  Make sure you put a blanket or some sort of fabric to protect the rim or the surface of the fire table.  The metal stand of the fire pit burner can scratch the surface so please be careful. 
  • Step 8: Protect Gas Lines. If the gas lines are exposed, consider insulating them with pipe insulation to prevent freezing. Freezing temperatures can cause the gas lines or hoses  to contract and split and potentially lead to damage.

For any replacement parts, please visit our online store; www.thegasfirepits.com/product-category/replacement-parts/

Part replacement should be done by a professional technician or gas fitter.

  • Step 10: Cover your firepit with a Solus high-quality, weather-resistant cover. You must keep the burner dry. This is to protect your investment. If you have a table surface, the cover must be tented to ensure water does not pool on top of the firepit which will affect the surface negatively. Ensure the cover is securely fastened to protect the fire pit from snow, rain, and debris.  The all metal covers will also protect the firepit over the winter. If you no longer have your Solus cover or the all-weather cover is old and started to lose its’ shape (water can pool on top of the cover in winter). A replacement can be purchased from our online store.
All weather covers for your Solus Fire Pit
All weather covers for your Solus Fire Pit

REMEMBER to test run. If you are going to use your fire pit this winter (and why not!)…DO THIS FIRST.

It is not uncommon for people to not use their fire pit for some months and then decide to throw a party. Or it is the first time using your fire pit in the Spring. If you are planning to run your fire pit, do a trial run before hand.

  • Step 11: “Purge” the gas line of air. If the fire pit is started after some time off, air can become trapped in the line or hose. In this case, the firepit needs to be purged.
  • Step 12: Perform a leak test – reverse and sequence plus. Before the first use, conduct a leak test to ensure there are no gas leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check all connections for bubbles, indicating a leak. If you find a leak, contact a professional for repairs. It is suggested you use compressed air on the burner jets prior to ignition.

And remember for electronic ignition to take off the cover!

 For further information, here is our troubleshooting guide to help: troubleshooting guide.

info@solusdecor.com.es

Shop online for parts, accessories and fire and water quick ship products; www.solusdecor.com.es

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Fire Pit Feature Project: Carol Kurth in The Berkshires

Hemi fire pit

Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors is the focus of our feature project this month. The project is located in the foot hills of the Berkshire Mountains in Conneticut.  We saw a snaphot of this project through Carol’s Instagram and we had to get in touch to find out more.

The Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors is an award-winning integrated full-service architecture and interior design firm located in Bedford, NY. From luxurious modern retreats to urban high-rise living, the firm’s design projects span the tri-state area and beyond. Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, and her talented team create distinctive and welcoming architecture and interior spaces. The firm’s multidisciplinary design approach is inspired by the creative process, developing unique solutions for their clients.

Carol Kurth Hemi Fire Pits
The Oasis by Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors

The Oasis as the project has been called is thoughtfully integrated with the site to create a sense of connectivity and privacy. This outdoor retreat exudes the ultimate in relaxation. Rolling terrain, wetlands and a conservation easement required complex approvals to achieve the axial design which is infused with modern architectural language. The gravitational and environmental energy of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water served as inspiration for the dynamic architectural forms which are illustrated through water features, the hemi fire bowls and a covered cabana designed with cathedral ceilings to capture the summer breeze. The dramatic rectangular pool with waterfall edge is a counterpoint to the covered pavilion. The integrated spa, lounge ledge and arch sprays offer an immersive aquatic experience. The space was designed to encourage conversation and entertainment.   The oversized dining area sits adjacent to an outdoor workspace with a vertical herb garden as a backdrop to the extended buffet, celebrating farm-to-table cooking.

Hemi Fire Pits in he Oasis by Carol Kurth Architecture

Carol Kurth Architecture and Interiors has incorporated the Hemi fire pit with metal drinks ring into the design of the oasis. The Hemi fire pits frame the pool and create a wonderful impact combined with the infinity pool.  The show stopping infinity pool was by Wagner Pools 

 

The oasis by Carol Kurth was recently featured in Cottages and Gardens,  entitled a poolside pardadise againts the odds. This title could not be more accurate when you look at the space before and after. We are thrilled to see a solus fire pit incorporated in this sensational design.

 

This project like any is a success due the fantastic talent on board

Architecture + Exterior Design: Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors

Project Team: Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID

Diana Wawrzaszek, AIA

Builder: Pelham Home Builders, Joe Fossi, Principal

Landscape Designer: Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors with Michael & Sons

Photography: Mike Van Tassell

 

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Boost Your Business with a Fire Pit

hotel firepit

Boost your business this winter.  As winter approaches many commercial settings lose out on valuable space as they close their outdoor areas, but that doesn’t have to happen.  Boost your business with the a fire pit. With a firepit you can make use of outdoor areas all year round and see the financial gains.

Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes are always looking to maximise their capacity as this translates into betters profits. However typically at this time of year outdoor dining and drinking become increasingly difficult as the temperatures drop. We have helped many commercial clients with the introduction of a fire pit or numeruous firepits to make these spaces warm and inviting and allow them to remain open all year round.

 

The Hemi fire pit in use at The fairmont Hotel and Spa in Canada, The Lakeside Hotel and Spa in the UK and Armitice Coffee in Seattle.

 

Event spaces such as the Brass on Baltimore above can benefit hugely from making use of outdoor spaces throughout the winter months. This allows for mutiple funtions to take place both indoors and outdoors such as Christmas parties to take place at the same time to build revenue during the winter period. The Elevated Halo is shown here which is coffee table height and lend itself perfectly to commercial spaces with the surrounding space perfect for resting a drink or appertizer plate.

Our firepits are available with a range of accesories including hardwood and metal table tops. This allows the firepits to function as a coffee table when not in use making it a multi functional piece of furniture for your commercial setting.  We are often asked if safety is a concern when in a commercial setting, to ease this concern we have a range of glass shields to protect the flame.

Our fire pits are designed and manufactured by our team in Vancouver with a wealth of experince to helo you. Get in touch now to help make the most of your outdoor space and boost your business in the winter months.

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Fire Pit Feature Project with Marlene Lento Design Studio

hemi fire pit Kent

This month in our fire pit feature project we have Marlene Lento Design Studio. Marlene designs gardens in Kent and East Sussex. Her designs range from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on creating outdoor living spaces that are usable and beautiful throughout the seasons:

 

“There is really nothing that you can’t do outside, even in our UK climate”

Marlene Lento

 

 

We are focussing on a recent project that Marlene undertook for a client in Otford, Kent.  When discussing the client brief with Marlene it was simply to design a spectacular entertainment area at the top of their steep garden overlooking the Kent countryside. Looking at the end result she certainly fulfilled the brief and more!  A garden of this nature needs the help of a designer to realise its true potential and really give it the wow factor, which Marlene has definitely done with her design.

In order to fulfil the brief  Marlene designed two circular decks that are set into the slope, one of which is a lounge area and the other a dance floor! The centre piece of the lounge area is a large Solus fire bowl which is surrounded by cosy upholstered outdoor furniture. A cantilevered heater adds further warmth making it a year-round destination. The elaborate lighting scheme and mature planting, some of which were helicoptered into the garden create real impact and luxury within this Kent garden.

hemi fire pit

Marlene has incorporated our Hemi fire bowl with gas connection and drinks ring.  The gas pipework has been carefully concealed beneath the decking; a key part of the planning process and something that we are on hand to help with along with any technical questions.

We are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic garden transformation. Get in touch with Marlene Lento Design Studio to see how she can help with your garden project.

The Look Book 

Plants/ Trees – Architectural Plants 

Decking – Millboard

Cantilevered Heater – Cuckooland

Outdoor Furniture – Indian Ocean

Fire Pit – Solus Decor 

 

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Fire Pit Feature Project with Andrea Newill Garden Design

Cinder elevated halo firepit

This month we are featuring Andrea Newill Garden Design as part of our fire pit feature project; with a spectacular outdoor living space in Greenham.

 

Andrea Newill garden design is based in Berkshire and her design ethos is based around the client first and foremost. Andrea’s work is primarily in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. Her project in Greenham is the focus in our fire pit feature project.

The gardens I design are always client focused, interpreting my client’s ideas to create a garden that also complements the style of the house and sits comfortably within the surrounding landscape. Always focusing on practicalities like budget and build quality my aim is to ensure that investing in a new garden always meets and surpasses expectations.

We love to work with garden designers and see how they incorporate our products within their designs and Andrea has created an exceptional outdoor space for this client. Andrea has included our elevated halo fire pit in cinder to create a focal point in the relaxed outdoor seating area which is covered with the pergola from Harrod Horticultural. A firepit can really anchor an outdoor seating area in garden designs as it becomes the heart of the seating area adding both warmth and ambience to relaxed outdoor seating, as seen here in Andrea’s design.

 

In the project  Andrea has opted for the gas option to fuel the firepit. All our firepits are available with the option of natural gas, LPG and biofuel subject to what works best for your setting. The firepits are also available in 12 colours and we have a wide range of accessories to help customise your fire pit; metal and wooden table tops, glass flame protectors, covers and additional stones.

Andrea has cleverly created different zones within this scheme, with the all important garden studio, which have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years with the growing need and desire to work from home. Who wouldn’t want to work from home in a setting like this!

Elevated Halo cinder

The Look Book

Porcelain from London Stone

Aluminium Planters and retaining wall from Adezz

Garden Studio from Green Retreats

Pergolas from Harrod Horticultural

Fire Pit from Solus Decor

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Fire Pit Feature Project by Catherine Clancy

Catherine Clancy Greenwich Garden

This month on the blog we are featuring Catherine Clancy; who has long been a trusted garden designer by Solus Decor.

 

Catherine is based in London and designs residential projects throughout London and the South East. Catherine’s garden style is based around beautiful, careful and considered design with a simple aesthetic and a focus on quality to ensure longevity.  Catherine works closely with clients to create a garden with a wow factor that also fulfills the needs of everyday life whether for a family or an individual.

We are focusing on a recent project completed by Catherine Clancy,  The project is located in Greenwich in south East London. The starting point is the client brief, which then allows Catherine to then move forward with the design process.

Client Brief:

We have a small back garden in Greenwich that we had not really used in the four years since we moved in. An old shed took up much of the space and the rest of the garden was planted with large trees and bushes, leaving little available space to enjoy. We asked Catherine to design a patio garden that we could spend lots of time in and have various areas for entertaining. 

Catherine Clancy Greenwich Garden

Catherine worked with Bes Landscapes to create the perfect outdoor living space for her clients to enjoy with friends and family.  Catherine has carefully combined dark grey stone with squid ink paint softened with beautiful planting to give a contemporary look and feel to this outdoor space.

Materials:

London Stone – silver grey porcelain
London Stone – Chelmer Valley charcoal grey pavers
Paint and Paper library squid-ink paint on the rendered walls
Plants from Provender nurseries

The seating area in this garden is centered around our Elevated Halo fire pit in cinder, which compliments the garden tones perfectly and allows Catherine’s clients to make the use of the garden throughout the year.  The elevated halo is available with natural gas, LPG and bio fuel, making it adaptable for a variety of outdoor spaces.

 

If you are looking to make the most of your outdoor space get in touch with Catherine to see how she can help you.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2022

solus at chelsea flower show 2022

Last week saw the return of the Chelsea Flower Show  in its traditional place in the month of May and Chelsea Flower Show 2022 did not disappoint. Guest were met with an array of colours, beautiful blooms, complex planting and well considered garden design as they entered the gates in Chelsea.

 

This year saw the first collaboration between Solus Decor and Cedar Nursery. As we marked the second anniversary of our first UK showroom at Cedar Nursery it seemed fitting to show how the two brands fit together to provide the ultimate location for planning and sourcing for outdoor living.

This year at Chelsea Flower show also saw the debut of the new Water Box, the latest addition to our product range.  The Water Box is a fresh take on the water dome; still self circulating, still plug and play just a different shape. It was fantastic to see the reception to the new design and we look forward to adding this to our outdoor living  showroom.

 

 

water box

The water box wasn’t the only water feature getting the attention at Chelsea Flower Show. We were fortunate to have been asked to be a part of the Mandala, Meditation & Mindfulness Garden designed by Nikki Hollier, who incorporated a Solus water dome to provide the calming sound of water within this garden design.

Nikki created a fantastic space to escape to as a way to relax and unwind, which was inspired by the events of the last two years and the judges though so too. We were thrilled that Nikki was awarded silver for her container garden design. To find our more about Nikki and her clever packages to help you get the most out of your garden planting take a look at her website.

We will be posting some of our highlights from the show on Instagram and Facebook over the coming weeks.

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Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Preview

solus decor autumn

We will be displaying the ultimate in outdoor living as we team up with Cedar Nursery at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

For Chelsea Flower Show 2022 we are teaming up with Cedar Nursery where our UK showroom is based.  Cedar Nursery provides the one stop shop for everything you need for outdoor living.  Our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery is surrounded by everything you need to create your outdoor living space; outdoor kitchens, decking, planters, plants, outdoor furniture, garden rooms and of course fire pits and water features.

We are thrilled to be able to feature just a slice of these outdoor living components at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Outdoor Furniture from the Cane line furniture range

 

Outdoor Kitchen featuring the impressive Wolf outdoor grill

 

 

Outdoor Grill
Wolf Outdoor Grill

 

Fire Pits; our signature firepits made from high performance concrete

Water Features; our range of water features including the Pacific Rim, which combines both fire and water

This year at Chelsea Flower Show we will be at stand PW608, if you would like to find out more about how you can create your own outdoor living space at home pop by and say hello!

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Top 3 Questions when contemplating a fire pit?

Fire pit questions

We thought we would share some of the key questions we ask when people visit our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery to ensure they invest in the right fire pit that works for their lifestyle and location. These questions apply whether you are installing a fire pit in London, Vancouver, Maui or Marbella, we ship to all locations!

 

Pipework -The very first thing we ask – are you planning for a gas fire pit and if so, have you thought about the pipework. If you are in the planning stages of your garden, we always say “lay the pipework and better still lay electrical cables too”. Having this infrastructure in place allows to have not only a gas fire pit but the option for electrical ignition to light the fire pit.

We have talked to countless people who discover that they would love to have a fire pit, but the porcelain tile or concrete base has already been installed.  Having this infrastructure in place at the beginning opens up your opportunities later down the line.  There are solutions for this but if you have the opportunity “lay the pipes” even if you don’t install the fire pit for a year or two.  Future proofing by laying the pipework and cables gives you so many more options when you come to eventually install a fire pit in your garden.

solus hemi fire pit

Fuels – What will work best for you, your lifestyle and location? If the amount of heat is important and candidly in most countries heat is important and one of the key reasons for installing a fire pit then you should be considering natural gas or LPG.  Natural gas is the easiest and least expensive but requires pipework to go in before patio or decking is installed.  LPG is the second choice and if you are working with an existing garden design it is possible to surface mount with a quick disconnect hose across the surface that can be concealed beneath outdoor furniture or within planting. Alternatively, if you are looking for ultimate flexibility, perhaps space is at a premium or maybe you’re renting a property then you have ethanol fuel as an option.   As much as everyone loves a wood fire you cannot escape the mess, smoke in the eyes, and the lasting smell of the wood fire caught in your clothes and hair at the end of the night.

Warranties– Consider warranties and what the warranties cover. Many fire pits are made overseas and candidly the certification standards are somewhat suspect. The warranties are very short, in some cases non existent and often it does not cover every element of the fire pit.   If anything is going to fail it will be the ignition system, the burner or the vessel (or bowl) itself.  Certification costs where we make them in Canada are $100 – 150 per unit.  If you are looking at something online retailing at £400 – 500 you must question the durability and safety of these products. How you can provide a warranty for something that that costs next to nothing in comparison to certification costs.  Ask yourself how safe is it?  How durable is it? How sustainable is it?  What sort of warranty does it have – if any?

For more information please see our SAQ and FAQs

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An Autumnal Outdoor Santuary

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This year at Chelsea Flower Show we created an Autumnal outdoor sanctuary as the show was held in September.  We opted for warmer tones and materials, which gave us more of a woodland feel. Here’s a look at our trade stand and how we created this sanctuary.

We collaborated with some fantastic brands to add the design elements to the stand that really brought it to life. We were fortunate enough to work with Artizans of Devises, which inspired the woodland element of the stand.  Artizans of Devises launched their National Trust tile range earlier this year and we were thrilled to be able to use the Woodland Glade Porcelain tile as part of our stand. The Woodland Glade tile was the starting point for the overall look of the stand and fueled the mood board.

With a move to a more autumnal, woodland feel we knew that we wanted to go with warmer tones with both paint and decking. Having previously worked with Envirobuild at both Chelsea and our UK showroom we were keen to incorporate their Hyperion decking into the design.  Having previously opted for their grey tones we knew that we needed to add warmth with the decking on this occasion and opted for their oak Hyperion decking which compliments the colour palette of the Woodland Glade tiles perfectly

For the overall framework of the trade stand that created the all weather cover we used venetian fence panels painted with Little Greene Tom’s Oil Eggshell paint in Livid. This Little Greene paint is designed for outdoor use with excellent coverage and the colour complimented the woodland autumnal feel.

We teamed these outdoor living range products with a range of products from our high performance concrete fire and water products; including the new Tavolo fire table and the bio fuel Pacific Rim combined fire and water feature to give the wow factor and heat to our autumnal outdoor sanctuary.

 

We were very privileged to work with the very talented artist; Carrie Anne Funnel on a bespoke glass dome for our 36″ water dome. Carrie Anne worked with the colours in the Artisan of Devizes tiles to create a beautiful bespoke element to our outdoor sanctuary.

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Get in touch with us to find out more about the range of products on display at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

 

 

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Feature Designer – Royal Pacific Landing

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We are focusing on Royal Pacific Landing; a landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver.  The team is headed up by founder Lu Xu and they specialise in Executive Residential and Multi-family Landscape architecture design. With an East meets West aesthetic. They seek to create a harmonious balance to your outdoor living space that is grand, elegant and refined.

 

We have been drawn to Royal Pacific Landing and the way in which they incorporate both fire and water into so many of their designs for outdoor spaces, creating the perfect sense of balance in the spaces they create. We are thrilled that they have incorporated a number of Solus products within their designs.

This development by H20 with landscape architecture by Royal Pacific Landing blends the fire and water harmoniously in this  boutique garden. A contemporary design using natural textures to bring the outdoor space to life.

 

Royal Pacific Landing have incorporated our elevated halo fire pit in cinder which combines perfectly with the concrete stepping stones and Mexican polished black pebbles. Take a look at the full project.

 

Royal Pacific Landing have once again incorporated the Halo fire pit in this elegant and refined project which blends seamlessly with the interior design by Beyond Beige Interior Design . A classic take on contemporary design is evident in this outdoor living space that works hand in hand with the interiors.

This project was a full garden renovation to both the front and rear sections of the garden. The design creates separate spaces  for outdoor entertaining and places for children to play. They have incorporated our halo low fire pit on the decked area which connects flawlessly with the inside entertainment area. Take a look at the full project.

To find out more about the products used by Royal Pacific get in touch with our team

 

 

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Preparing for Chelsea Flower Show 2021

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The Solus team are excited to be preparing once again for Chelsea Flower Show, which is set to take place in September this year.  After last year was cancelled we are thrilled to be able to able to show our products again at the world famous show and have the opportunity to collaborate with some fantastic brands that compliment the Solus fire and water features.

This year the RHS are breaking with tradition by holding the Chelsea Flower Show in September rather than the historic May date. This creates both challenges and opportunities for the designers working on the show gardens due to the change in season and the need to look at alternative options for plants in bloom at that time of year.

It’s lovely to see how garden designers are translating the challenges faced by the health system over the last year with tributes through their garden designs at Chelsea Flower Show this year. These gardens have an emphasis on calm and tranquility, with the idea of these spaces being a place of sanctuary.

Solus Decor will be creating our very own retreat for Chelsea Flower Show with a touch of a woodland escape inspired by the wonderful new National Trust range recently launched by Artizan of Devises. We have collaborated with Artizan of Devises for the show this year and can’t wait to use the woodland glade porcelain tiles.  We have taken colour inspiration from the tiles, which we hope to continue in the planting set against an oak backdrop created by the decking from Envirobuild.

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Concept board for Solus Decor stand at Chelsea 2021

 

We can’t to see our fire and water products on display with this woodland retreat backdrop, we will be exhibiting a range of both fire and water and we are thrilled to be exhibiting our Tavolo fire table for the first time in the UK.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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Delivery Times and Stock Availability in 2021

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The last year has been unprecedented for any company on the outdoor world and like so many other businesses this has impacted Solus in many ways.  As we move into the summer, we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on a few changes and how this impacts you as the client when ordering.

 

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26″ Hemi fire pit

 

Solus designs, manufactures and ships all our products from our workshop in Vancouver, Canada where the business was originally founded. As we continue to ship our products to the UK, we can’t deny that the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit has had an effect on our lead times combined with a growing demand for outdoor living products in the UK.

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As a business we have hired multiple new staff and are currently running  seven days week to cope with the high number of orders. However, we are still impacted by increased shipping times.  We know this is frustrating as a client so we are doing are best to provide as much information as possible to help you plan your garden projects and ensure you can place orders ready for the next shipment.

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To assist you we have updated the website to include details of items currently in stock in the UK and items available in our next shipment arriving in August and available for immediate sale.  Should the item you are looking for not be in stock or available in the August shipment get in touch with us now to ensure you secure delivery in October. Should you require faster delivery please contact us to discuss air freight options which we are able to facilitate.

 

Don’t miss out, take a look at our current stock page and get in touch to make the most of your outdoor space!

 

 

 

 

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Which Fire pit is best for you?

Hemi Gas Concrete Fire Pit

Are you looking to install a fire pit to bring warmth and comfort to outdoor meet ups in the garden but not sure what you need and what will work in your outdoor space? We have a quick guide to help with some of those initial decisions.

 

Balcony and Small courtyard garden

When space is at a premium that does not mean you can’t have the benefit of a fire to keep you warm on chilly days on long summer evenings.

The ideal fire pit for you would be a  Hemi 26”.  In a smaller setting we would recommend using bio fuel, which eliminates the need to any pipework and no need to find extra space to store an LPG tank.

 

Relaxed Seating Area

The height of outdoor sofas and armchairs pairs perfectly with both our Elevated Halo and Hemi fire pits.  Both of which are coffee table height and have the dual function to work as a coffee table when using the metal table top or hard wood table top when the fire pit is not in use.

 

Both these fire pits have the option of LPG fuel, natural gas and bio fuel. Using a fire pit in an outdoor seating area gives more flexibility in concealing pipework. Pipework can be concealed behind or underneath the furniture or if planning ahead the pipework be run under decking and stonework. Thinking of where the LPG tank goes? LPG tanks area available in a variety of sizes, so you can create bespoke screening for the LPG tank; conceal it in a box made from your decking with ventilation or screen with planting.

 

Outdoor Dining Area

For outdoor dining we would recommend our linear fire pit, they are our thinnest fire pit allowing the maximum amount of space for seating and they can be joined end to end ensuring the whole dining area is heating. The linear lends itself particularly to a commercial outdoor space as it also creates a fantastic divider between areas.

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We recognise that there are a multitude of things to consider when installing a fire pit, we have more guidance in our FAQS and we are on hand to answer your queries if you are thinking of installing a fire pit.

Get in touch with us to talk through your outdoor space

 

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Garden Trends 2021

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What will the big Garden Trends of 2021 be? We’re looking at the top trends to inspire and and watch out for in 2021. The garden is set remain a place of sanctuary and these ideas will help you make the most of your outdoor space in whatever shape or form it comes in.

 

Balcony Gardens

Recent research found that one in eight households in the UK have no access to private or shared gardens. Those living in urban areas are looking for for clever ideas to incorporate nature in the home environment. Balcony gardening is set to be on the rise in 2021. According to Country Living there is plenty of choice to make a functional space really come alive, whether you opt to make the most of any wood on your balcony, go for minimalist design, or choose to go all out wildlife oasis.

The plants required  for this garden trend will depend on your style, but by opting for plants like jasmine, lavender, foxglove, bamboo, eucalyptus, snake plants, and peace lilies, you’re on the right track

 

Wild Gardens

For many people this year, the days of pruning, mowing and meticulous garden maintenance are in the past. Whether you opt for wildflowers or leave a patch of your lawn unattended, wild gardens are brilliant for creating a haven for bees, butterflies and hedgehogs to thrive. Some of the plants to get your hands on include single-flowering varieties of plants and open flowers, too.

Inside Outside

This  garden trend was big in 2020 and it looks set to continue in 2021. It’s all about make your outside space an extension of the home, creating a natural flow between the two.

Tiny Gardens

Many of us may not have a large outside area, but 2021 will see a trend for households to make the most of what they do have — regardless of size. In previous years these spaces have been disregarded in favour of visiting large open spaces.  People are learning to make the most of whatever outside space they have. Some of the plants to have on your radar include long-flowering perennials, evergreens and climbers. It’s all about making the space look bigger. Options include growing up to use your vertical space, laying borders, having clear pathways, and creating specific zones or outdoor rooms.

Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are an asset in smaller spaces; you can control your soil better, reduce soil compaction and care for your plants much easier.

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Permaculture Gardening

Permaculture gardening means “permanent agriculture” and it’s defined as working with natural forces; wind, sun, and water  in order to provide food, shelter, water, and whatever else your garden needs. With more people working from home, a push to work harder to protect the environment this is a trend that looks set to grow in 2021. To achieve this look in your garden, opt for annual vegetables like beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers and squash, while adding in plenty of flowers and greens to create a permaculture look.

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White Gardens

Dazzling white flowers and bright white furniture have been growing in popularity over the recent months. They add an air of calm and tranquility in your outdoor space. Key steps to create a white garden, include choosing a dark backdrop, varying up the foliage and changing up shapes and sizes, repeating form, and finally adding some eye-catching white flowers to fill the space.

Windowsill Gardening

A windowsill garden is ideal for creating a kitchen garden to add a little something extra to your cooking and ideal to add some nature to your home if you don’t have a garden.  Think herbs, chilli, kale,  pea shoots, spinach. You might not have a sprawling space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow fresh plants and flowers in your home.

Grey Gardens

A Pantone colour of the year for 2021 and one of the most popular paint colours for the home, but it has also been making its way into the garden. Whether you opt for grey patio paving, fence paint, gravel, or garden path, there are many ways you can tap into one of 2021’s biggest trends.

Cottage Gardens

The charming feel of an English country garden has a warm and inviting feel that many are looking to create in their own gardens this year. If you are looking to create this at home  consider planting roses, foxgloves, poppies, sweet peas, and delphiniums.

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Looking for some extra help to make the most of your outdoor space? Get in touch and see how we can enhance your outdoor living space in 2021.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2021

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Pantone have announced the colour of the year for 2021 and we couldn’t think of a better combination of the soft grey of Ultimate Gray and sunshine yellow of Illuminating. The combination of these Pantone colours is ideal for an outdoor space as we move into the New Year!

 

 

We’ve put together a little inspiration to show how you can combine these colours in your own outdoor spaces together with our fire and water products. We have a wonderful range of colours for all our fire and water features and we think that Nori is a great match to Ultimate gray.

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Shop this look and add a little sunshine to your own outdoor space

If you’re looking for a little place to relax and unwind with the calming sound of water why not combine these Pantone colours with a Solus water dome.  The perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee while you sit at this charming bistro table set.

 

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Shop this look and add a little sunshine to your own outdoor space

We’re all looking forward to 2021 and a fresh start after a difficult year.  Get in touch with us to help you add a little bit of wow to your outdoor space and start the New Year with a little ray of sunshine.

 

 

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Feature Project: Sabina Hill Live in Gallery and Studio

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We take a look at the picture perfect Sea Forest Guest Suite; a self contained holiday rental providing an immersive experience for art, design and nature enthusiasts.

The Sea Forest Guest Suite is part of the live in gallery and studio owned by the Canadian artist and designer; Sabina Hill. The Sea Forest Guest Suite is located in Madeira Park overlooking Pender Harbour. Sabina has created a spectacular deck complete with hot tub and fire pit to allow guests to appreciate the breathtaking views all year round.

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Sabina Hill creates art, interiors, limited edition furniture and custom textiles which merge the rich mythology of the Pacific Northwest Coast with a contemporary design aesthetic. Sabina is creating an immersive experience for collectors and appreciators of art, design and nature. Guests staying at the Sea Forest Guest Suite can see the inspiration that runs through Sabina’s work in the interior details that makes this a truly special property.

 

Sabina has incorporated a Solus Hemi fire pit on the deck to ensure guests can enjoy this space and the views all year round.  The Hemi fire pit is available in three sizes; 26″, 36″ and 48″. Solus offer the ultimate in flexibility with a choice of three fuel options allowing you to choose a fire pit that suits both your lifestyle and your outdoor space.

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If you’re inspired by Sabina Hill’s artistic retreat get in touch with us to help you make your own inspirational deck.