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.

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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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