Why a Water Feature Can Make Your Environment More Enjoyable

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two health benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and peace, both of which will better your quality of life. twf006__93672.jpg

You might not even be aware of the degree to which a water fountain, whether inside or outside, will complement your daily life. People around the world flock to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely driven by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While there are many extravagant ways to integrate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more accessible option is to install a water feature in your home.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more relaxing, think about installing an outdoor garden fountain. Outdoor water elements can further elevate even the most enchanting space. If you have a screened porch, consider installing one there, or if not, then on the exterior wall above your patio. Add charm and the lovely sound of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to unmoving water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for cleaner water for wild birds. The final touch your garden area needs to be a haven of peace is the sound of flowing water.

Style Ideas for Exterior Fountains

When you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot.

There is nothing as beautiful as one to relax in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. The value of your home will go up with a lovely garden area, as it will enhance the “curb appeal” of the property. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; think about adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

A water fountain can dramatically transform the aesthetics of a garden. It will change a plain area into a gorgeous place of peaceful tranquility. The mood of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will attract. All attention will now be focussed on the beautiful fountain.

The Influence of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century significantly altered The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. Engineering and horticulture were abilities that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But yet there was no time for home life, domestic design, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole region. Castles were more basic designs and often built on blustery hills, where their tenants spent both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were considerable stone buildings, mostly situated in the widest, most fruitful hollows. Peaceful pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most unspoiled style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is rumored to have been conceived during the time of William the Conqueror. A significant terrace serves as a hindrance to intruders who would try to mine the walls of the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge trimmed into the figure of crude battlements.

A Peek into the Origins of Outdoor Water Fountains

The Roman scholar Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) took the initiative to have hundreds of ancient Greek books translated into Latin. Turning the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to beautify it. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also revived the Roman custom of installing lavish fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The interesting background of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti.

The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, rebuilt aqueduct.

A Small Garden Space? Don't Fret! You Can Still Have a Water Feature

The reflective properties of water means it can make small spaces look bigger than they are. Water features such as fountains profit from the reflective qualities stemming from dark materials. When the sun goes down, you can use underwater lights in a variety of colors and shapes to light up your new feature. The sun is indispensable to power eco-lights during the day time while underwater lights are great for night use. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to reduce anxiety and tension with their calming sounds.

Water just blends into the greenery in your backyard. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the central component of your backyard. Small verandas or major gardens is the perfect place to install a water feature. The ambience can be significantly altered by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Contemporary Garden Decor: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

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 enhance your home.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to provide drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow down or jet high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the artist. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entryway of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public spaces and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.


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