Style Ideas for Outdoor Water Features

alp_gxt686__20101.jpg When you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. If you are planning to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it right. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your property will be driven up when you install an eye-catching garden. There are many ways to improve the visual beauty of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can make a considerable difference to the beauty and tranquility of your garden. A place of balance and serenity will appear from what was originally just a simple spot. The feeling 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. Before you know it, the entire garden or yard will have a new centerpiece.

Multi-level Water Features for your Garden

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and typical especially in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain traditionally have lots of tiered fountains. Piazzas and building courtyards are very popular places where you will see tiered fountains. Impressive carvings can be found on some of the most elaborate tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

Traditional or classic locations are ideal places for them. If done properly, anyone seeing the fountain will think it has been there forever.

The Results of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

The introduction of the Normans in the latter half of the eleventh century considerably modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. Engineering and horticulture were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However, there was no time for home life, domestic architecture, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole region. Most often constructed upon windy summits, castles were straightforward constructs that enabled their occupants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently placed in only the most fecund, extensive valleys. The serene practice of gardening was unlikely in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle is most likely the most intact model in existence nowadays of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A significant terrace serves as a discouraging factor to invaders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge cut into the form of crude battlements.

Enrich Your Yard with the Aid of Feng Shui

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

Do not worry if your garden is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. A huge space is great for those privileged enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to learn the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to utilize each of them to maximize the energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is necessary to use it. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a tranquil Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Think about integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Aqueducts: The Solution to Rome's Water Troubles

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started off delivering the men and women living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had counted on natural springs up until then. If residents living at higher elevations did not have accessibility to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to rely on the remaining existing systems of the time, cisterns that accumulated rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from below ground. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a newer strategy was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to supply water to Pincian Hill. Throughout the time of its initial construction, pozzi (or manholes) were added at set intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. During the some 9 years he possessed the property, from 1543 to 1552, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi made use of these manholes to take water from the network in containers, though they were originally designed for the purpose of cleaning and maintaining the aqueduct. The cistern he had built to gather rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water needs. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran underneath his residence.

Things You Will Require for a Garden Fountain

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. People sometimes forget the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of setting up their newest purchase. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor socket, though an extension cord can always be added. You will also require a water resource close by so that you can effortlessly fill your water fountain. Carrying large amounts of water requires strength so you do not want to have to haul it a long distance. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a great deal more convenient. If you have an specialist on hand, you may want to look into getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much easier in the long run.


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