How Feng Shui Turn Your Backyard into Sanctuary

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

When adding feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small area is adequate. It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be utilized for your interior decor as well as your garden design. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house. kay-64320__72666.jpg

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

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. This could be the optimal spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about adding a water element into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Rome’s First Water Delivery Solutions

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct built in Rome, started off delivering the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had depended on natural springs up till then. When aqueducts or springs weren’t accessible, people dwelling at greater elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill by way of the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. The aqueduct’s channel was made available by pozzi, or manholes, that were positioned along its length when it was first built. Though they were originally designed to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi began using the manholes to collect water from the channel, commencing when he acquired the property in 1543. Although the cardinal also had a cistern to amass rainwater, it didn’t provide enough water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat under his property, and he had a shaft opened to give him accessibility.

The Different Designs in Backyard Fountains

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside whenever you want. There is nothing as lovely as one to unwind in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your home will be driven up when you set up an eye-catching garden. Many people opt to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or including a water feature.

A water fountain can make a substantial difference to the charm and tranquility of your garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very ordinary spot. 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 entice. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the charming new fountain.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture located at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept people away.

It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the work to put down the foundation of the church. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

The Wide Array of Designs of Outdoor Wall Fountains

Wall fountains are well suited to little verandas or gardens because they do not require too much space while also adding a bit of flair and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. The multitude of styles in outdoor wall fountains, including traditional, classic, contemporary, or Asian, means that you can find the one suitable to your wishes. If you are looking for a distinctive design, a custom-made one can be specially made to meet your specifications.

Mounted and free-standing fountains are readily available on the market. Mounted wall fountains are small and self-contained versions which can be displayed on a wall. Fountains of this kind need to be lightweight, therefore, they are typically fabricated from resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass. Floor fountains are freestanding, sizable, and also have a basin on the ground as well as a flat side against the wall. Normally made of cast stone, these water features have no weight constraints.

Many experienced landscapers prefer custom-built fountains which can be integrated into a brand-new wall or an existing one. Employing an expert mason is your best option to construct the basin and install the essential plumbing. You will need to incorporate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. If you want a cohesive look for your garden, buy a customized wall fountain because it becomes part of the scenery rather than a later addition.

A Back Story of Water Fountains

The Roman scholar Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) decided to have hundreds of historic Greek texts translated into Latin. Making the city into the worthy capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. The damaged Roman aqueduct which had carried fresh drinking water in the into the capital city from countless miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his request. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an ancient Roman tradition of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to put up a water fountain where we now see the breath-taking Trevi Fountain.

The aqueduct he had reconditioned included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled 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.


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