What would you do without your screen door, or the screens in your home’s windows? What did people do before these things were invented? You might be surprised to learn that horse hair and cheese cloth played roles in the origins of what we now take for granted.
Screened Garage and the Front Porch
The Sundrop by Sunesta: Versatile. Functional. Durable. Beautiful.
About 4 years ago Solaris began carrying Sunesta products in our shade solution portfolio. We made the move to Sunesta for 3 reasons:
1. Experience – Sunesta has been a leader in the market for decades
2. Quality – Sunesta products undergo the most stringent durability tests
3. Service – Sunesta stands by their products with a recently introduced limited lifetime warranty and by providing exceptional service.
With few natural wind barriers, Alberta is prone to windy conditions. Calgary is one of the windiest of Canada’s large cities. On average, 28 days a year have strong winds (at least 52 Kph). The wind blows at an annual average of 14.2 Kph in Calgary with wind gusts upwards of 100 Kph, and much more at the top of the highest buildings.
Awnings over decks, doors and windows have been commonplace in Europe for many years. High energy costs for air-conditioning is a major factor in their popularity. As well, European homes often incorporate outdoor living spaces which are greatly improved with awnings.
Almost everyone agrees that sitting around a fire is a relaxing, pleasurable experience. Because this appeal seems universal, it’s easy to believe that our fascination with fire is instinctual.
A Google search for ‘2017 predictions’ quickly provides long lists of gloomy, bizarre or outright terrifying possibilities for our new year. At Solaris, we take a more pragmatic and positive approach. As we consider what to expect in 2017, this is what catches our eyes:
The salutation ‘Happy Holidays’ has become embroiled in the conversation around being politically correct. The term does, however, lend itself well as an effort to capture a period that contains several holidays, Holy Days or other observances.
Winter officially starts next week on December 21, coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice. To be precise, in Alberta it will happen at 3:44 am. This is the astronomical method of marking the seasons. Astronomically, Spring starts with the Equinox in March, Summer starts with the Solstice in June, and Fall with the Equinox in September.