Tips for the Most Beautiful Indoor or Outdoor Space

To attain the greatest sense of serenity and harmony, be sure to include a feng shui fountain. A garden or home waterfall is the ideal choice. They are the best addition to your household. p-508__09377.jpg The best place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

Plants and flowers are also important for the most gorgeous water fountains. Opt for plants that keep their appeal year-round. In addition, consider including other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or interesting rocks.

The Many Styles of Wall Water Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to put your wall fountain when you seek out peace and quiet. Additionally, it can be designed to fit into any wall space since it does not take up much room. A spout, a water basin, internal piping, and a pump are vital for freestanding as well as mounted styles. There are any number of models to pick from such as traditional, contemporary, classic, or Asian.

Freestanding wall fountains, commonly known as floor fountains, are considerably big and feature a basin on the ground.

You can decide to place your wall-mounted fountain on an preexisting wall or build it into a new wall. This type of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape instead of an added feature.

Eco-Friendly Fountains: Good for the Planet

Are you looking to beautify your backyard? Stop looking! Solar water fountains are the ideal solution - they bring beauty to any home and at the same time add financial value to the property. They offer all the valuable benefits of electric fountains, such as improving health and general well-being but they also provide tremendous financial perks. In spite of the high initial price, costs associated with these water features are worthwhile. Despite periodic power outages, your fountain will not be affected because it does not run on electricity.

Running water fountains will lead to an increase in your electric bill. Even though short-term expenses might be higher than you had anticipated, don't forget that your home is increasing in value.

Higher bills is not the only issue with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Solar powered water fountains get their energy straight from the sun thus making them the perfect “green” fountain. The environment can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

Less maintenance is a result of adding this kind of fountain. Since these do not run using an electric generator that could clog up with clutter, they need little cleaning. Which ultimately means more time to chill out in your yard.

The Root of Modern Outdoor Wall Fountains

Himself a highly educated man, Pope Nicholas V led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of hundreds of ancient documents from their original Greek into Latin. He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the model capital of the Christian world. Starting in 1453, the ruined ancient Roman aqueduct known as the Aqua Vergine which had brought clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, underwent reconstruction at the bidding of the Pope.

A mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice which was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to put up a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains found in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the modified aqueduct he had reconstructed.

Splash Fountains: Splash Your Way to Fun!

Splash fountains, often referred to as bathing fountains, are designed for people to cool off on particularly scorchingsummer days. For this reason, they are also known as interactive fountains. These features do not need to have lifeguards or supervision because they have nonslip surfaces, leave no standing water in order eliminate drowning hazards, and are created for convenient access. These splash areas, or “spraygrounds”, are usually seen in neighborhood pools, public parks or public playgrounds. Dundas Square set in Toronto, Canada, features a splash fountain heated by solar power which is then absorbed by the unique dark-colored granite slabs. Six hundred ground spigots arranged in groups of 30 - (3 rows of 10 nozzles) - are featured in this fountain. You will find 30 groups of nozzles beneath a stainless-steel grille. In the center of the main passage through Dundas Square are 20 grates organized in 2 rows of 10.

Feng Shui Can Contribute a Great Deal to Your Garden

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your household.

Do not worry if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. The first step is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to use 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 important to use it. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water feature.

The World’s Tallest Fountains

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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