7 Ideas for Your Outdoor Water Fountain

7 Ideas for Your Outdoor Water Fountain

Do you think that your garden is missing a focal point? Or, it looks nice but needs something dramatic? Or, you simply love the sound of flowing water? Whatever the reason is, adding a fountain to your outdoor garden can improve the look and appeal of the space. You add a new dimension of style and aesthetics to your garden, enjoy the soothing sound of flowing water and benefit from many health benefits associated with it. Outdoor water fountains can be great addition to any landscape. But your need a design that works well with your landscape, complementing colors and styles and fulfilling your desired purpose. Here are few ideas to help you choose or design your fountain.

Three Tier Outdoor Fountain

A three tier fountain can serve as the focal point of your patio. You can choose a white marble fountain lined with potted ferns and hydrangeas, which can bring life to your space and soften the symmetry of the landscape. The water flowing slowly from one level of the fountain to another can create a soothing sound and relaxing environment. It can work well with a Spanish style patio.

Moorish Style Wall Fountain

The beauty and style of your outdoor fountain can be dramatic, interesting and fun backdrop. You can opt for hand painted, glazed Mexican tiles placed in a Moorish style. The water flows softly from an opening into a semicircular pool also finished with the same tiles. You can add more style by adding an accent piece. You can incorporate the fountain into an existing wall or fence.

Small Fountains for Restricted Space

Small fountains are perfect for small gardens or restricted space parameters.  The sound of running water creates calm, soothing impact on your guest. It brings big character to your landscape. You can choose blue tinted bricks forming a circular pattern around the base of the fountain. It gives the water a nice blue gray color. It fits beautifully with blooming plants and colorful flowers.

Japanese Influenced Concrete Fountain

If you want to give your garden a touch of ancient culture, you can choose Japanese influenced concrete fountains which blend especially well with stone-lined pond. It is supported by a central stand with water exploding from the center of the stone slab and spilling into the underneath pond.  The water flowing downward forms a sheet of water around the edges, catching sunlight and adds to the natural and visual beauty of the garden.

Victorian Appeal Fountain

Statue can be an ideal base of your outdoor fountain. You can choose a metal statue, say a woman clinging to an ornate obelisk, to add the touch of Victorian style. You can place terra cotta planters around the brick basin. The water flowing over the statue appears breathtaking.

Tabletop Fountain

In case you want something different from the traditional outdoor fountains, you can create a tabletop fountain. You can add a spout for water to dribble from and a pot to serve as the water container. The bronze spout can be shaped into any form, for example frog prince, and couple it with an intense colored cobalt pot. You can add floating flowers to the pot to add an extra flair.

Contemporary Cast Stone Fountain

A simple and modest fountain in an informal and casually styled garden is a perfect sight for eyes. You can opt for a cast stone fountain with definite lines and a natural shape. Water erupts from the opening directly into the basin. It is an elegant piece but simple. The water sound creates a soothing environment and you can set the water level in the basin as per your preference.

These are few from many ideas available for your outdoor water fountain. As long as your fountain complements its surrounding, it can be an amazing addition. You can customize your own design, simply tap into your creative side.

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3d Aquarium Rock Background (Fiberglass)

Due to several requests, WaterfallNow has recently experimented with different 3d rock backgrounds for freshwater and saltwater fish aquariums and reptile tanks.

I looked at a few sites online to research whether or not regular epoxy resins (the kind used to seal boats).

One concern is whether or not non specific resin could potentially leak chemicals into the containing water and kill the fish.

 

When resin mixed with hardener that is properly mixed fully cures, it will not leach and basically becomes similar to a hard plastic. To be on the safe side, a hot curing process can create a stronger fiberglass product. In most cases direct sunlight on a hot day can do in a pinch however a hot box with a higher temperature will also create a much stronger bond.

A specific resin I came across that is specifically designed for use in aquariums is Sweetwater Epoxy made by Aquatic Ecosystems Inc.

Another resin is Max ACR resin which can be purchased on Amazon.

While general purpose resin is used for the construction of many aquariums, it is also sanded down and in some cases painted.

The worry with a 3d rock aquarium wall made with fiberglass resin would be that since natural rock sediments are mixed in, there may be some potential for leaching.

In the coral video below, one fellow claims to have tested his fiberglass coral for 12 months without incident.

I have not yet tested  this out myself with real fish but have begun with putting a fiberglass rock in a water tank and will run a few tests in several months to see if the water quality has been affected.

Because most people will change out an aquariums rock wall background or fiberglass corals out every year or so, the chances of leaching are likely very small when the correct ratio of hardener to resin is used.

There is very low risk of leaching when used for reptile tanks as there is no water in the tank. However, you could risk creating a toxic environment for your lizards if there was to be humidity combined with improper curing techniques. In general, once fully cured, the resin can be assumed to be safe for use. To be on the safe side, you could opt to use a foam or rubber type material instead which can also be found and purchased on Amazon.

Sample of some of our fiberglass faux rock panels. The panels made using concrete GFRC are much heavier and thicker.

Making a small intricately designed rock mold and 3D rock background is not a difficult DIY project however it will cost more than simply purchasing one online.

Retrofit artificial rocks to an indoor aquarium. No limits to how you want it made!
Made by WaterfallNow in Vancouver, BC, Canada

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How to measure aquarium in order to get 3d aquarium background – short video tutorial

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DYI – 3D aquarium coral reef background (using fiberglass)

Waterfall Fountain: Bird Baths, Garden Water Features

WaterfallNow can create beautiful waterfall fountains and water features for your garden. One of the interesting side effects that our clients have experienced in the past was a sudden increase in bird visits.

One of the things we do is creating custom hand-made rock fountains where birds simply love to hang out!

There are several benefits associated with bird baths that you may not have been aware of. Birds can help to aerate the surrounding soil, control pests, attract wasps which eat pests such as cabbage worms, and attract other beneficial insects that help pollinate vegatation. Of course many people also find the sound of chirping birds just outside the window quite enjoyable as opposed to an eerie quietness.

If you are interested in a bird bath fountain water feature there are many different types to choose from. You can usually find them at your local Rona, Walmart, Lowes, or Home Depot for under $100.

Here are some links to a few good waterfall fountain do-it-yourself ideas:

http://www.bobvila.com/diy-branches/44300-wing-it-16-approaches-to-a-diy-birdbath/slideshows#!0

http://www.laspilitas.com/garden/howto/birdbath.htm

http://www.pinterest.com/reginadoughman/birdbaths/

The leaf bird bath is a popular diy project with many video tutorials online: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-bird-bath/diy-leaf-bird-bath/

If you are looking for a custom fiberglass bird-bath and want to be able to pick different lighting styles, built-in heaters, custom fountain heads, colors, sizes, designs, and so forth, get in touch with us.

Feel free to email a sketch or photo of what you have in mind.

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How To Create Quality Do It Yourself Outdoor Water Features

Here are a several resources available on creating your standard DIY water features.

Here is a tutorial on how to build your own water fountain using pots

As you can see from the above video, it doesn’t take much money or time to create your own patio water features. The sound of trickling water can enhance the ambiance out on the deck.

The next 4 part video courtesy of The Pond Digger features a mix of natural and faux rocks that are used to create a basalt column rock bubbler bird bad fountain. Don’t be afraid to add more variety with the types of rocks or plants used and to experiment with new ideas. Another recommendation is to find a spot clear of trees and to avoid placing them in areas where you get lots of falling leaves as that can cause the water to flow out or clog the pump.

Not sure where to buy a faux basalt rock column? Here is a do it yourself tutorial courtesy of Arteolike.

Basalt column fountain installation kits can sometimes be found at your local garden shop. However, this method demonstrates one of the many techniques to creating a faux basalt column. Real basalt rock columns for garden purposes can weigh thousands of pounds and requires heavy machinery to install. That is something better left up to the professionals.

Indoor Water FeaturesThe artificial rock water features such as waterfalls and fountains created by WaterfallNow do not fall under the do-it-yourself category.

Indoor water feature

We have spent many years developing our skills and experience creating custom water features while constantly stepping out of our comfort zone. However, there was a time when we once failed miserably at creating small do-it-yourself water features.

Fast forward to 100’s of water features later we can say that we are definitely much more experienced than we were many years ago.

Whatever your next DIY project, just remember that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t just trying trying hard enough. Get creative. All you really need is a small pump, tubing, drill, screws, glue, and some creativity. Now you have a few examples of how to create quality do it yourself outdoor water features. Start with the basics and maybe someday we can combine our work on the same project.

Hopefully you’ve stumbled across this page because you were looking for some inspiration and found it. Feel free to share your ideas with us on our Facebook page.

DIY Water Fountains

Struggling to budget for a larger waterfall? They don’t come cheap. An alternative is to create something smaller.

Do It Yourself – DIY  Water Fountains

Fountains for the garden come in all shapes and sizes. In fact, they can be made in any size or shape you desire. It is almost a universal fact that people are drawn to waterfalls and the sense of relaxation or connection with nature that they create. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a professional.

Why Are They A Good Investment?

The Chinese design philosophy Feng Shui claims that the sound of flowing water has a positive effect on our overallhealth. Most people who own one will agree that it helps reduce stress which in turn increases happiness and promotes increased physical and emotional health.

So what can you do if you can’t afford to buy one? There are many water features available for virtually any budget so there is almost no excuse not to have one. Smaller water features are also easy enough to create yourself which may save you some money or help you turn junk into art. Just remember that you need the water that goes up to come back down without losing water in the process.

There are many creative ways to create your own water feature. Have an old wine rack? You could use those old wine bottles to create a small fountain. You can create small water features out of almost anything you want using just a small pump, tube, and a prop. Even an old piece of trash could be re-purposed into artwork. No, this does not mean you should turn your old 32 inch LCD TV into a water feature.

DIY Water Fountains

Wine Bottle Fountain

Adding food colouring to the water or different LED lights can make for a more interesting look.

Drinking several bottles of wine at once just to make a fountain is not recommended.

Want To Create DIY Water Fountains or Water Features?

Do it yourself garden water fountains or water feature projects can be made using common tools:

  • Get some rocks (20-40 varying sizes). People post ads for free rocks on Craigslist.
  • Spillway (Flat rock or aluminum/plastic water sheer)
  • Get a Submersible pump: The GPH rating on pumps commonly reflects a 0-1 foot lift so use something a bit larger than expected.
  • More rocks.
  • Tubing. Pump plumbing, sump pump hoses, etc.
  • Pond Liner (EPDM) can be purchased from Home Depot.
  • Leveling tool.
  • Black Foam Spray for cracks and concrete cements to hold importantrocks in place.
  • Sand (Apply an inch layer to the bottom of the hole before the liner).
  • Shovel and pick axe for digging if surface is hard.
  • Wood planks or ladder for accessibility.

Whether you want a water wall, waterfall, fountain, cascading feature or something not listed here you can find a tutorial online. Do a quick search on Google or YouTube for a DIY tutorial on how to create the type of water feature you desire.

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