Factors to Think About When Installing a Garden Water Feature

brk-316__92400.jpg When thinking about where to install your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. Occasionally new owners get so caught up in the romanticism of their new purchase that they forget vital details. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and need a 120v outdoor outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. It will be necessary to fill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Carrying large amounts of water is difficult so you do not want to have to haul it a long way. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose close by will make the task of filling the fountain much easier. The ideal setup is with a water fountain autofill, but this has to be connected to an external water line and needs a skilled person to install it.

A Peek into the Roots of Outdoor Water Fountains

During his reign (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the erudite Pope Nicholas V authorized countless of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. In addition, beautifying the city and making it the true capital of the Christian world was at the heart of his ambitions. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an historical Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent reconstruction at the behest of the Pope. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an ancient Roman practice of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. At his behest, the architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the building of a wall fountain in the place where the magnificent Trevi Fountain now stands. The aqueduct he had refurbished included changes and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Acqua Vergine: The Remedy to Rome's Water Troubles

With the manufacturing of the 1st elevated aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, individuals who lived on the city’s foothills no longer had to be dependent solely on naturally-occurring spring water for their requirements. Throughout this period, there were only 2 other techniques capable of delivering water to higher areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which amassed rainwater. To offer water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they employed the new approach of redirecting the stream from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground network. Through its original construction, pozzi (or manholes) were placed at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. During the roughly 9 years he owned the residential property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi utilized these manholes to take water from the network in buckets, though they were previously designed for the purpose of cleaning and maintenance the aqueduct. The cistern he had constructed to obtain rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water needs.

That is when he decided to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran under his property.

Vitalize Your Backyard with the Aid of Feng Shui

Incorporating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Size is not the main concern when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. A huge area is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your home’s bagua, so it is important to figure out your home’s first.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water element.

Exterior Fountains Come in Many Forms and Sizes

Is it possible for you to transform your garden into a haven of serenity? You can benefit from a water feature by adding an outdoor fountain to your garden and creating a place of tranquility.

A dramatic impact is made when a spouting fountain sends a shooting stream of water high into the air. Large, existing ponds can have one of these built-in without much difficulty. You can find these in community recreational areas or old mansions.

Wall fountains are an great illustration of outdoor wall features. Even with a smallish backyard, it is possible to add one of these water features. Wall fountains are not flashy water features as compared to a spouting fountain. In a very simple procedure, the water flows out of a spout, trickles down a beautifully textured wall only to be pumped back to the top.

Themed fountains are perfect when the look of your garden allows for them.

In a rustic themed bungalow or yard, a classical styled statue for your fountain could include cherubs holding the spout. On the other hand, a more modern yard can include more of a bold design. Just let your creativity to run loose.

The main attribute of tiered fountains is the multiple levels spewing out water. Water flowing down multiple levels of this water feature is the main attribute of a cascading fountain.

The space required for an outdoor fountain can be vast, therefore, a better alternative is to install a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. These types of water features are ideal for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are concealed underground.

Tranquility and well-being are a few of the key sensations imparted by Japanese fountains. The water flows through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. The repetition of water pouring into a bucket or shaped stone is one of the main attributes of this kind of fountain.

Fountains made of glass are another type on the market. A more traditional look is provided by trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this style of water feature is better suited to backyard gardens with many sharp corners as well as contemporary forms and design. The water produces a spectacular effect when it runs down the outside of the glass. Some fountains also include colorful LED lights to shine onto the sheets of glass as water cascades downwards. With water softly running down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of imitation rock, are a viable option for your garden.

The feature which distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain is a large rock drilled with holes where pipes can be inserted into its center. In this sort of fountain, water is forced upwards at low pressure to cause it to bubble and gurgle at the top. The water returns gently dripping down the sides of the rock to get to its starting point. This sort of fountain is ideally suited for little gardens. The low pressure used in this sort of fountain hinders water from being splashed about in case of a windy day.

Powered by sunlight, solar fountains are growing to be increasingly trendy. There are numerous reasons for this newly found appeal such as the absence of cables, less difficulty in running them, a reduction in electricity bills, and the benefits to the environment. The varied designs in outdoor solar-powered fountains means you will not have to compromise on style.

From Where Did Fountains Come From?

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the area. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or jet high into the air.

Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and celebrate the designer responsible for building it. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times utilized by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.


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