Backyard Water Features: The Many Styles From Which to Pick

wwlhcg-cv__52782.jpg Gardens allow you to escape into nature and be outside when you want. Even though there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and constructed, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; give some thought to adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

A significant improvement to your garden can be accomplished by putting in a water fountain. A place of tranquility and serenity will appear from what was at first just a simple spot. The ambiance 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. Your fountain will promptly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.

Enrich Your Backyard with the Use of Feng Shui

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthy energy into your home as well.

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not especially important when adding feng shui design to it. Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the methods are the same. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to begin by understanding the bagua of the house.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is vital to start by learning how to bolster each of its five elements.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some lovely natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

A water feature is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Aqueducts: The Answer to Rome's Water Troubles

Previous to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was established in Rome, citizens who resided on hillsides had to go even further down to get their water from natural sources. When aqueducts or springs weren’t accessible, people dwelling at raised elevations turned to water taken 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 via the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. During its initial building and construction, pozzi (or manholes) were situated at set intervals alongside the aqueduct’s channel. Though they were primarily planned to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he obtained the property in 1543. The cistern he had constructed to obtain rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water requirements. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat just below his property, and he had a shaft established to give him accessibility.

Contained Water Elements: Are They Useful?

Self-Contained fountains are cheaper and easy to install and are therefore quite common. The plumbing, pump, and other parts come along with the fountain. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository.

If you are looking for an easy-to-install water fountain for a veranda or deck, a self-contained model is definitely recommended. Their versatility is also an advantage, as they are very easy to move around.

The landscaper will first check that the place where you want your fountain to go is level.

Lawns and gardens tend to be lumpy so your landscaper will have to even out the area where you want to put it. You are now prepared to set up your water feature and fill it with water. The remaining step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is stand-alone and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is perfect for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Many fountain owners want them to be the focal point of their yards and place them right in the center, although they can actually go anywhere in the garden. There are a number of materials that can be used to make them including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. To show his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Urban fountains created at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational gatherings.

The Allure of Multi-Tiered Water Fountains

Gardens are typical places to put up a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable.

These types of fountains are common in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean countries. While they can be found anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Traditional or classic locations are ideal places for them. The fountain should blend right into the environment as if it has been there since the start.


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