Style Options for Outdoor Water Features

Gardens are great places to take a breath from the day-to-day drudgery and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. 526_hounds_open__47787.jpg While there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and built, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Investing in a beautiful garden is good, as it will boost the “curb appeal” and value of your home. There are many ways to boost the visual charm of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can significantly transform the aesthetics of a garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very ordinary spot. You are not the only one who will enjoy the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly creatures visiting. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the lovely new fountain.

The Many Designs of Water Wall Fountains

Small verandas or courtyards are a perfect place to install wall fountains because they add style to an area with little space.

Traditional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just a few of the designs you can choose from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. While there are innumerable prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a custom-built fountain if none of these are appealing to you.

The two types of water features available to you are mounted and freestanding models. Mounted wall fountains are small and self-contained versions which can be hung on a wall. Wall fountains made of resin ( similar to stone) or fiberglass are typically lightweight so they can be easily hung. Sizable free-standing wall fountains, often referred to as floor fountains, have their basins positioned on the floor and a flat side leaning on a wall. There are no weight constraints on these types of cast stone water features.

Many skilled 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 required 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 panorama rather than a later addition.

Factors to Know When Installing an Outdoor Water Feature

When considering where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water.

The thrill of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. If you require an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as conventional power cords are only 12 feet long. You will need to fill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water close by. Hauling water is hard and laborious. The simplest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. If you have an specialist on hand, you may want to consider getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much easier in the long run.

Add the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

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

Do not fret if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a big area is great 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 approaches are the same.

The initial part is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. The ideal addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

People thinking about adding a water feature 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).

Disappearing Water Fountains: Some of the Plusses of Having one in your Backyard

The term “pondless fountain” is one other way to call a disappearing fountain. You do not see where the water comes from, as it is below ground. Disappearing fountains add tranquil sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people gather. They are available in an array of distinct styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

Disappearing fountains also come with many advantages. The water comes from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is minimized. As such, it is safe for children to play near it.

Moreover, no water will evaporate since it is not exposed to the open air. As a result, your fountain will not use as much water as other styles of fountains. The time needed on upkeep is also minimized since algae does not grow underground and rubbish can not get into the water supply. Finally, due to its smaller size, it is less difficult to fit it where you want it than other types of fountains.

A Peek into the Roots of Fountains

The Roman scholar Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) took the initiative to have hundreds of ancient Greek books translated into Latin. Making the city into the deserving capital of the Christian community was important to him, so he also took steps to embellish it. Beginning in 1453, he called for the restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a wrecked Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice also revived by Nicholas V. The interesting roots of the Trevi Fountain go back to an older water fountain he had commissioned to the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The water which ultimately provided the Trevi Fountain, as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the rebuilt and modified aqueduct.


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