Recommendations for the Choosing the Ideal Water Feature for You

brk-346__50387.jpg Before picking out a water fountain, carefully consider precisely where you want to put it. The entryway to a hotel or building is an ideal place for them, as they offer a lovely welcome to guests.

There are models such as wall fountains designed expressly to be hung against a flat surface. Typically, they have something on the back of them like a hook or a bar with which you can use to attach them to a wall, post, or some other secure place. There are many natural hazards such as wind or animals which can knock over your fountain if you do not securely affix it to the wall, so do not neglect to do this immediately.

The garden sculpture style, yet another option, is perfect for parks or any place people are inclined to hang out to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.

Exterior Wall Fountains: The Many Designs on the Market

If you want to have a place to relax and add some pizzazz to a small area such as a patio or courtyard, wall fountains are ideal because they do not occupy much space. Traditional, antique, contemporary, or Asian are just a few of the designs you can pick from when looking for an outdoor wall fountain to your liking. If you are looking for a unique design, a custom-built one can be specially made to fit your specifications.

The two kinds of fountains available to you include mounted and freestanding models. Small, self-contained models can be hung on a wall are known as mounted wall fountains. Wall fountains made of resin (resembling stone) or fiberglass are usually light so they can be easily hung. In large free-standing fountains, otherwise known as wall fountains, the basin is situated on the ground with the smooth side positioned against a wall. Typically made of cast stone, these water features have no weight restrictions.

Landscape professionals often recommend a customized fountain for a brand new or existing wall. A skilled mason is required to place the water basin against the wall and correctly install all the plumbing inside or behind the wall. You will need to integrate a spout or fountain mask into the wall. Custom-built wall fountains lend to a unified appearance because they become part of the landscape rather than look like a later addition.

Animals and Outdoor Fountains

Give some thought to how your pet may react to a water feature before you buy one. Your pooch could think that your freestanding fountain looks like a big pond to drink from or a pool in which to bathe.

Think about setting up a water element in your backyard since it is a feature that will impact your much loved pets favorably. You may need to think about where you will locate the fountain as birds may take it as a bathing pond. Install a birdbath if your aim is to draw birds to your property. Wall water fountains are great for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these issues. It is common to find these kinds of fountains in dental or medical offices as well as in lavish homes.

The World’s Tallest Fountains

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. The water here jets up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. It propels 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 shoots water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at number 7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Choose from all Sorts of Outdoor Water Features

Turn your garden into what you have always desired – an oasis of serenity. The soothing feeling provided by outdoor fountains is just one of the benefits of including a water feature in your garden.

The stream of water sent high up into the air by a spouting fountain is an spectacular sight to see. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much difficulty. Parks and historical stately homes often have one these water features.

Outdoor water features are available in varied shapes and sizes, one of which is a fancy wall fountain. Even with a smallish backyard, it is possible to put in one of these water features. Wall fountains make an understated impression, contrary to the big effect created by spouting fountains. In this simple process. the water which is forced out of a small opening, moves down a beautifully textured wall and is then collected at the base before being pumped back to the top.

Themed fountains are perfect when the style of your garden allows for them. Consider a classic type of statue, such as a cherub supporting a spout, for the fountain if your home or garden is rustic in style. Something special and bold could be an alternative for more modern gardens. Choosing what to do is totally in your hands.

The central characteristic of tiered fountains is the multiple levels spewing out water. Water flows down numerous tiers in a cascading fountain.

Since external fountains occupy a great deal of space, think about putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. Fit in one of these fountains if your space is limited since their reservoirs are concealed from sight below ground.

If you seek a feeling of peacefulness and calmness, install a Japanese fountain as these are thought to bring about such sensations. In this style of water feature the water runs through bamboo sticks. A rustic bucket or shaped stone is placed at the bottom of this feature to collect the flowing water only to have the pattern repeated over and over again.

An additional sort of fountain is made of glass. Producing a more classical look are trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. Gardens with numerous sharp edges as well as modern shapes and designs are better for these types of water features. The water produces a spectacular effect when it streams down the surface of the glass. LED lights are also used in some fountains to flash color across the water as it flows down on the glass sheet. With water softly flowing down its surface, rock waterfall fountains, often made of fake rock, are a possible option for your garden.

Bubbling rock fountains are big stones drilled with holes which are then filled with pipes in the middle. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the result of the low pressure used to force the water upwards. The water returns gently dripping down the sides of the rock to reach its starting point. This is yet another option for gardens with limited space. Water is moved at low pressure in this kind of fountain, so you can be assured knowing that it will not spray all over should the wind pick up.

Solar driven fountains have become more popular recently since they run on sunlight. The lack of cables, the decreased difficulty in dealing with them, the lower energy bills, and the benefits to our ecosystem are just some of the reasons for this increased interest. There is no need to settle on a specific model of outdoor solar-powered fountain because of the wide range of styles available on the market.

How Fountains can be Ideal for the Environment

Are you seeking to beautify your residence? Well, think about adding elegance and value to your residence by installing a solar water fountain. You get all the advantages of an electric fountain, as well as other financial benefits and an overall betterment to your health. Even though there may be a greater expense at the beginning, the long-term investment will make it worthwhile. Electrical power shortages will no longer impede utilizing your fountain since it will run on the energy of the sun.

Running water fountains will lead to an increase in your electric bill. Although short-term costs might be more substantial than you had anticipated, don't forget that your residence is increasing in value.

Higher bills is not the only problem with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. Becoming “green” is just one of the pluses of installing a solar water fountain running only on the power of the sun. Using solar power to run a water feature is not only worthwhile to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

This type of fountain demands less maintenance than others. Clogs don't occur because there is no motor - which means less cleaning. Which ultimately means more time to chill out in your yard.

Water Elements Common in Japanese Gardens

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not include a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The water moves through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they position plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a beautiful add-on.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Think about adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. You can also gather flat stones and place them close enough together that they look like water in motion.


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