Factors to Consider When Setting up an Outdoor Water Feature

When considering where to install your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. People sometimes fail to remember the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. or-106__80614.jpg If you require an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as standard power cords are only 12 feet long. You will also need to have a water source close by so that you can easily fill your water fountain. Water is hard to move by yourself from place to place. The simplest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. A water fountain autofill will make your life less complicated in the long run, but this requires a trained expert to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

Select from Any Number of Outdoor Wall Fountain Designs

Small patios or courtyards are an ideal place to set up wall fountains because they add style to an area with limited space. Conventional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just some of the styles you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. Your preferences determine the type you buy so while there may not be a prefabricated fountain to satisfy you, you do have the option of having a custom made one.

Depending on your requirements, you can pick from mounted or freestanding types. You can install a mounted wall fountain because they are little and self-contained. Typically made of resin (to look like stone) or fiber glass, these kinds of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. Free-standing fountains, often referred to as floor fountains, are sizable, have a basin located on the ground and a smooth side which leans against a wall.

There are no weight restrictions on these sorts of cast stone water features.

Custom-made fountains which can be integrated into a new or existing wall are often prescribed by landscaping designers. The basin and all the necessary plumbing are best installed by a trained mason. The wall will have to have a spout or fountain mask built into it. The cohesive look produced by custom-made wall fountains make them appear to be part of the scenery instead of an afterthought.

The Multiple Types of Wall Water Fountains

You can find peace and silence when you add a wall fountain in your backyard or patio. You can also make use of a small space by having one customized. Whether it is stand alone or mounted, you will need a spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump. There are any variety of models to choose from most notably traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Usually quite large, freestanding wall fountains, also known as floor fountains, have their basins on the floor.

A stand-alone water feature can either be integrated onto a wall already in existence or fitted into a wall under construction. This style of fountain contributes to a cohesive look making it appear as if it was part of the landscape rather than an added feature.

Anglo Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before centering on home-life or having the occasion to contemplate domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Monasteries and castles served separate functions, so while monasteries were large stone structures built in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on learning offensive and defensive practices. Gardening, a placid occupation, was impracticable in these fruitless fortifications. The finest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent today is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period.

As a method of deterring assailants from tunneling beneath the walls, an immense terrace encircles the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and surrounded by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.

The Allure of Multi-Tiered Water Features

For a long time now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, especially in gardens. You can see many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Common places to see them are in courtyards and city squares. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more conventional setting is sometimes more suitable. It should look as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

A Chronicle of Water Fountains

Countless of classic Greek writings were translated into Latin under the authority of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. Continuing in his quest to make the city deserving of being called the capital of the Christian world, he resolved to exalt the beauty of the city as well. Starting in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent restoration at the behest of the Pope. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman custom of installing imposing fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to put up a water fountain where we now see the wondrous Trevi Fountain.

The changes, as well as the extensions included in the restored aqueduct, ultimately made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.


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