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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How to Choose the Best Outdoor Water Fountain: 5 Factors to Consider

How to Choose the Best Outdoor Water Fountain: 5 Factors to Consider

Water fountains are a type of water feature, which includes flowing water usually from a pipe or hose into a single or more basins, ponds or pools. They are an excellent choice for your outdoor garden or landscape. However, installing a fountain is a long lasting purchase and requires a considerable investment; hence you should not hurry through it. It is an exciting thought to add a water fountain to your outdoors and you can hardly wait to enjoy it, but you should spend an appropriate amount of time in choosing the fountain. In order to help you with your decision, here are few factors to consider when choosing it.

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Know the Types

There are many types of outdoor fountains in the market – big or small, simple or elaborated. The choices include: animal fountains, bubbling fountains, bronze fountains, contemporary fountains, floating fountains, pedestal fountains, rock fountains, statuary fountains, tiered fountains, urn fountains and wall fountains. You should familiarize yourself with the types of fountains, their benefits, maintenance requirement and aesthetic appeal to your taste and your garden style.

Consider the Size

There are different sizes of water fountains available and you should consider your space restriction in your decision. You don’t want everything else in your garden look dwarf or congested after fountain installation. On the other hand, you don’t want it to be so small as to be barely visible. Your fountain should serve as the focal point of the garden. Hence, you should consider the size and location of your fountain and not choose the first design you like. Before doing design shopping, it is recommended to measure the exact dimensions of the selected spot.

Decide on Finials

Finials are the stone ornament found on the top of a fountain, but they cannot be installed on every style, so if you want a finial, you should choose the fountain accordingly. The finials you choose influences the look of the fountain, as it affects the balance and symmetry. You can find finials in designs of acorn, urn, angel, love birds, acanthus, spiral ball, etc.

Select the Material

The life and durability of the fountain depends on the type and quality of material you use. There are materials that can last hundreds of years longer than others. Concrete is a very low cost material, but it can chip and crack over time, especially in freezing and thawing climates. Bronze provide great color and surface to the fountain, can be molded in different shapes and designs with fine detail work and can last for a very long time. Resin is a synthesized material, is strong but lightweight and can withstand most weather conditions. It can last longer than concrete but less duration then natural stones. Granite, the most recommended material for outdoor fountains, can last hundreds of years. It can be easily cleaned with acid wash and can withstand severe weather conditions, even freezing winter. In addition, it does not wear away due to elemental damage. Other materials used for fountains, but not so common, are limestone, marble and glass.

Choose Installation Method

The choice of the fountain can be influenced by the method of installation. In case you are not the handy time or have no time for a project, you can either purchase your fountain from a specialty company that will install it for you or you can hire professionals. You should incorporate the cost of installation in our overall budget. If you are choosing a big piece, it is probably better to hire outside help. If the fountain is small, you can probably do it yourself. The fountains come with an installation method or you can request one. The tools you would need to undertake the project are: hammers, saws, sockets, power drills, crimps, wrenches, tape measure, shovels, levels and gloves.

These factors, when taken into consideration in your decision, can help you arrive at a practical option, which goes with the theme of your garden, lies within your budget and simply look breath taking.

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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