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Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

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Using DeepStream’s large wood garden planters with privacy screen, and matching wood trash bins, these owners have made a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio that will endure for decades.

 

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

 

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

Wood garden planters with privacy screen make a cozy Manhattan rooftop patio

Large wood garden planters with glass windscreen for sidewalk restaurant patio

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DeepStream used the principal of Sustainable Design Large wood garden planters with glass windscreen for sidewalk restaurant patio.  Modular construction and replaceable parts  allows the owners to reconfigure the space over time to meet changing needs.  Rugged aircraft aluminum frame allows for a lifetime structural warranty while the waterproof plastic liners keep the soil from touching the wood for longevity.  All parts are recyclable when the projects life cycle ends.

 

DeepStream's large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

DeepStream’s large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

 

DeepStream's large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

DeepStream’s large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

 

DeepStream's large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

DeepStream’s large rectangular wood planter with glass windbreak

Recycled Plastic Lumber: Helping the world’s Rain Forests and slowing Climate Change.

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In 2009, DeepStream started offering Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL) as an alternative to tropical hardwoods. While more and more of our customers have been choosing RPL over the past eight years, in 2017, RPL is being specified more often than real wood.

RPL is a win for the environment and for our customers, as RPL reduces maintenance costs while enhancing their properties and brands through the timeless beauty and environmental statement that DeepStream RPL planters and bins make.

Like many successful companies, DeepStream was created in a response to a need. While building a condominium project and reviewing the “universe” of garden planers, we found that what we wanted was not available elsewhere. Wood planters were all carpenter-built with wood-on-wood construction, and as I’ve detailed in my planter blog link, http://planterblog.com/blog/?p=1, and they just don’t last. The valuable wood harvested from the world’s rapidly diminishing rain forests is wasted, as the planters tear themselves apart and are thrown away in a few years (typically 3-4 years here in Miami).

If your project absolutely must use tropical hardwood, then specify our Mariner planter system as it is engineered with the principles of Sustainable Design to use, or even reuse, hardwood in a design that honors the wood, allowing construction that extends wood life by decades.

Harvesting tropical hardwood destroys important habitats around the world, even if “sustainably harvested,” as hardwood trees take 50 years or more to reach maturity. Like offsetting our carbon foot print by buying carbon credits, another way to reduce this impact is to replant far more trees than we use, and we do so through Trees for the Future. To date, using proceeds from the sale of our products, DeepStream has planted more than 333,000 trees in our customers’ honor, reflecting DeepStream’s commitment to the environment we are leaving for future generations.

Sustainable Design: measure twice cut once

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A key component of sustainable design is adaptability. Good design allows for the replacement, or reworking, of components to preserve the value and materials of an earlier design when a situation requires it. Even if that situation arises early in the life cycle of a design.

Nowhere is that more apparent than when an error has been made on large complex projects where a miscalculation between initial measurements and “as-built” dimension means that components ordered months earlier in a project do not fit when finally installed.

You can see in this example where DeepStream’s modular planter design allowed us to cut down the lengths of planks in the middle section of a multi-section planter to accommodate an unrecorded change in dimensions at very little cost in dollars or materials.

 

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While the wood will take a week or so to fade to the match color the same design feature allows for replacement of parts or further adaptation for the life of the planter.

To put the principal of Sustainable Design to work for your project go to www.DeepStreamDesign.com