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Category Archives: Custom Fixtures: Valet Stands, Towel Shelf with Towel Return Bin, and Locker Cabinets

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

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

Custom Fixtures created using the principles of Sustainable Design

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DeepStream Designs created flexible design components that allow it to meet customers unique requirements while using 100% recycled or recyclable and replaceable components. 

Here are two very different valet stands that use the same materials and components 

Valet Stand

Common components include stainless steel top, recycled plastic lumber, marine anodized aircraft aluminum.

Valet Stand  Valet Stand

Dark Gray weatherproof and maintenance free recycled plastic lumber is used in the large Valet Stand above and Tropical Hardwood color below.

Valet Stand Valet Stand

The same components are used to create the Locker Cabinet below

Locker Cabinate

The movable Towel Shelf with Towel Return Bins with casters below uses Cumaru wood instead of recycled plastic lumber.

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

   Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin

Hotel Towel Shelf with Return Bin