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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Choose the Best Outdoor Water Fountain: 5 Factors to Consider May 9th, 2016WaterfallNow
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:
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.
Waterfall Fountain: Bird Baths, Garden Water Features September 24th, 2014WaterfallNow
Are you looking to add a waterfall for your garden? Here are some tips and helpful words of advice.
Adding even a small waterfall can change the ambiance of not only your yard but of your neighbors. The sounds of trickling water are very enjoyable when sitting outside in your garden. Whether you like to host parties, relax by the patio, or spend time with the kids or dogs a water feature is a great addition to the yard. If you like to host parties then the addition of a pool may be something of interest to you.
Where to Start?
First things first. You will need to make a list of the things that you need ON PAPER. Don’t make the mistake of doing it in your head and make a habit of getting things down in writing. Not only is writing things down a good habit in general but a good principle for organizing tasks for landscaping projects.
You can think of your next landscaping project almost as a simplified version of a business plan. You want want such and such to get done and will need such and such resources. Many people underestimate the amount of money they will need to change their garden. It can help to look at photos of completed jobs along with the budget spent and reverse engineer the process from there. It can help to do some of the work yourself but it will also be beneficial to hire a professional do the work.
For those not limited by a budget and who want the absolute best the biggest challenge is simply in finding the right contractor for the job. Waterfall landscaping contractors are plentiful yet only a few have the ability to give clients what they really want. Having several decades of landscaping experience in both residential and commercial landscaping, WaterfallNow’s crew is well aware of all waterfall and water feature designs. The crew has created multiple designs using natural stone as well as concrete, styrofoam, bricks, mortar, and other materials. The biggest issue with the natural stone cascading rocks was the huge amount of maintenance required.
Many water feature landscaping contractors don’t mention the amount of maintenance that these can require. While they look great for the first few weeks just a few days of heavy rain or a few weeks without care can turn it into a swamp. It is advised that you check with your contractor on their maintenance rates and make sure that you can afford them long-term.
The moss and algae that grows within the cracks and within the water stream quickly becomes dirty and requires the rocks to be pulled out, thoroughly rinsed, and laid back into place. It requires almost as much work to thoroughly clean one than it does to have one installed in the first place. This isn’t to say that they aren’t a viable option but just a word of caution to the less informed.
Do you have a small yard? Many garden landscaping projects are aimed at maximizing smaller spaces. If for example your yard is on a slope you may want to consider adding a deck. Alternatives to a deck would be to install a retaining wall (usually from concrete, wood, or bricks).
Do you like to cook outdoors? If so, it would naturally follow that the addition of an outdoor kitchen would be a great move to further enhance your outdoor living design – if you can afford it.
While WaterfallNow encourages even a dinky water feature over nothing, it is also important to consider the types of flowers you plan to use. Colour schemes from certain flower arrangements can affect different moods.
Remember that it is your garden and you can do what you like with it. Some people find that it helps to give their garden a name or a theme. Do you like birds? WaterfallNow has created some fountains in the past that became a regular visiting area for birds in one of our clients yards. That is an additional benefit that our client continues to enjoy.
Pergola’s are a nice addition to backyard landscaping projects that can offer shade to sit and relax by the waterfall. Don’t forget to plant some vines.
Want a private resort in your own backyard? WaterfallNow’s rocks are lightweight enough to create any size rock. We also have experience in concrete forming and concrete rock waterfalls. The weight becomes an issue for larger projects but if that is your preferences then let us know. It costs 40-50% more than our popular lightweight version but if you request it then WaterfallNow will handle it. Call the Vancouver number for details on that.
Here is a great looking waterfall. Virtually anything is possible with artificial rock waterfalls. The only real limit is ones budget and how much they are willing to spend.
Waterfall Landscaping For Gardens May 26th, 2014WaterfallNow
Can a water feature save your life? Well… Maybe not, but they may help.
Imagine coming home from a hard working day and relaxing by the patio next to a soothing garden water fountain waterfall.
The soothing sounds of running water helps to relax the mind, providing a sense of calm.
Have you ever experienced the joy of having a water feature in your yard? Having a beautiful water feature will not only increase the property value (if properly maintained) but will also create a harmonious environment.
There are health benefits of having water features as well.
So what can we do? Having a water feature can be part of the solution to reducing stress levels. There are many other things you can do to further reduce your stress levels.
1. One effective method that has worked for thousands of years is meditation. It is never too late to learn how to do this or take a local class.
2. Breathe deeply. Did you know that most people either take shallow breaths or breathe incorrectly through their mouth? Diaphragmatic (belly) breathing is a simple way to ensure that you are getting the correct flow of oxygen through your body.
3. Being more present. Slowing down for at a few intervals can actually help you be more productive throughout the day. Being more conscientious about where you are in the world, relaxing tense muscles can all help to improve your health.
4. Fad diets are just that ‘fads’. Take a long-term approach to your health by making healthy eating a habit. Things such as eating more omega 3 fatty oils than omega 6 or trans fats, eating less processed foods, more vegetables, getting enough vitamins and minerals through natural food sources, drinking lots of water, and doing a detox every now and then are all going to help you feel better.
By being more self aware about your health you can extend your life by 10-20 years. Good health doesn’t start at the mouth, rather it starts in the mind. A healthy mind is far more likely to take measures to care for the body and avoid self-destructive behaviour.
Enough stress can cause heart attacks. The relaxation benefits offered by garden water features can in a way help to reduce the stresses that surrounds everyday life.
You don’t need to call WaterfallNow to get a big luxury custom waterfall fountain but we still recommend getting something that you can enjoy everyday – even if it is just a small tabletop fountain made in China.
Garden Water Features: Can They Save Your Life? May 13th, 2014WaterfallNow
Do you feel the need to spend more time outdoors? In just a month or two from now, the weather should be hitting high 30’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a water feature in your backyard that you can enjoy in the early mornings or evenings when you are back from work? After scouring the web in search of the perfect water features for the garden, our customers came across WaterfallNow. They now love to invite friends over for barbeques, drinks, and sitting out in the evenings by their beautiful water features.
Many people are starting to look for the best ways to decorate their gardens for the summer of 2014, which is ‘likely’ to be the hottest on record – at least in the UK. But let’s just pretend it will also be the same case in BC, Canada just so that I don’t have to figure out the El Nino patterns and other weather related information. If you feel the need to educate me please do.
Here are some ideas of water features for the garden ideas that you can implement this summer.
1. Drop by the nearest pond and water garden nursery in your area. Once at the store you can browse determine the types of flowers, plants, and designs that you like best. If you are unsure of what plants to buy, ask the staff if they can assist you. Certain plants thrive better in the shade or in damp areas. These are the types of plants that you would want to incorporate into your water garden. Man-made water features look great when combined with the right plants. The plants add greenery and help to provide a more realistic looking water feature as you would find in nature.
2. Do you want a pond? Ponds are undoubtedly beautiful but only if maintained. They can require a lot of manual labour from taking the rocks out, cleaning the basin, putting the rocks back in, so on so forth. Without this maintenance the pond will eventually turn into green pea soup which I’ve seen a lot of. How deep do you want the pond to go? Before you dig, call http://www.bconecall.bc.ca/. It is free to call. Don’t do any digging without calling to avoid causing damage to any pipelines, telecommunication cables, sewage lines, and electrical wires.
Back in our landscaping days we used to get calls to do maintenance on ponds – something that we often didn’t look forward to. You may be familiar with a TV show called dirty jobs. That’s what cleaning these ponds resembled. It was a dirty, disease ridden mess. Eventually some of them called us in after they’d had enough maintaining the ponds and asked us to fill the pond with dirt and lay fresh turf over top. Problem solved. The racoons on the other hand weren’t as happy because there was no longer any fish to eat.
Some people don’t realize that having a pond requires continual maintenance. (Slap my head). It DOES. But, some people actually enjoy working on their ponds on a daily basis. If not, then a pond might not be your best choice.
All ponds require some level of maintenance. When you are looking to care for koi fish you must keep the water clean otherwise the fish will develop diseases and die. Using a variety of water plants such as water lilies or water cress can help to naturally clean the water. There are different schools of thought on whether or not you should have a gravel or dirt bed. I prefer to go without the gravel basin. If you are going to make a pond, don’t make a small pond because the fish will grow. It is also an addicting hobby and you may wish you had a bigger pond.
If you already have a pond then you probably have a grasp by now of how they need constant cleaning. We prefer the pondless or invisible waterfall water feature designs to minimize maintenance and maximize the time spent enjoying the project. Ponds are undoubtedly an excellent addition but unkempt ponds harbour diseases, mosquitoes, and are unattractive. Make sure you know what you are getting into.
20 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Build a Koi Pond – Watch this very informative video
3. Decide on how much space you have to allocate to a water feature for your garden. For smaller gardens, focus on height to maximize horizontal space. WaterfallNow is fairly good at doing this as our lightweight artificial rock panels can be stacked to any height. Natural rocks typically require more horizontal space to achieve the desired cascading effects of mini waterfalls.
4. Pondless features are gaining in popularity. WaterfallNow’s pondless water feature system means that you can run these rock fountains in all 4 seasons with no maintenance. Just add water and let it run. To clean our rocks simply spray them with a pressure washer. You can even change the colour of the rocks from one year to the next using a special paint. They can be set to run on a timer or set up to a remote control switch. This would allows you to switch on the rock waterfall sitting in your backyard at night from inside your home.
These look spectacular at night when the floodlights are shining on them. The occasional sweeping of leaves and other debris that might otherwise clog the water pump and ensuring that the water level does not get too low is the majority of the maintenance requirements. Should you decide to not run the waterfall in the winter we advise to drain the water basin, disconnect the water pump, give it a rinse, and store it indoors to prevent cracking or damage to the internal parts from freeze-thaw. They can be set up again simply by connecting the water pump back to the hose, adding water to the mini pond and turning the water feature back on.
The majority of WaterfallNow’s rock fountains are pondless meaning the size of the pond is built to hold just enough water for the water feature to operate.
Add a faux rock water feature to your backyard for stunning results
5. Determine the type of sound that you want to achieve. Taller water features often produce more of the crashing sounds of water. The amount of water pressure or the size of the pump used plays a significant role in the sounds. There are low-sound water pumps that can reduce sound coming directly from the pumps motor. If you prefer a smaller trickling sound consider a cascading waterfall feature. The horizontal movement of water followed by small overhangs produces very relaxing sounds. WaterfallNow can adjust all of these sounds by adjusting the angle and speed of water flow.
6. Do you want something permanent or moveable? This is one of the decisions that one must make when working with concrete which is permanent. WaterfallNow used to use concrete until we realized how little our customers could use their water features. The damage from weathering over the years meant multiple leaks and cracks which can cost a lot of money to constantly repair. But that was back in the day. GFRC concrete employed today is much more durable. WaterfallNow no longer employs concrete but uses fibreglass instead. It can be as strong as steel while remaining flexible enough to avoid cracking. Should something crack we can easily repair it. Sometimes our customers will call us a year later to come and add another section to their rock waterfall. Other times our customers will sell their home and call us to help them move the rock fountain to their new home. It is all about your personal preference. WaterfallNow caters to a wide-variety of requests.
7. What kind of lighting do you want to use? Many of our customers enjoy the backyard paradises that we’ve created for them. Some of the pool waterfalls which we don’t have any pictures of look amazing at night. The white floodlights shine on the waterfall spillway while purple, blue, and green lights all create a unique ambiance. We are very proud of some of the projects that we’ve created because of how happy our customers are. It is only a matter of time until more people can experience the joy of enjoying their own backyard paradise with a water feature built the way they had in mind.
Rock waterfalls not your thing? Then check out articles from popular sites for other ideas:
Visit Houzz to brainstorm some visual ideas of water features for the garden. It won’t be long until you find yourself sitting outside in the summer with a cold drink glad about the choices that you made.
HGTV – 15 unique garden water features: outdoors home & garden television
Pinterest – This is currently the most popular and fastest growing social media website to view photos and get ideas for garden water features.
For updates and free stuff head on over to our Facebook page and let us know what you like best about garden water features.
Water Features For The Garden – Just Add Water
Water Features For The Garden June 26th, 2014WaterfallNow
WaterfallNow can create custom hand-made ‘rock column fountains’ but using concrete or fibreglass materials. While the majority of our requests comes from clients seeking luxury resort style waterfalls in their backyards from time to time we like to switch things up.
Here is a sample of something we did many years ago just to try it out. We can of course use different fountainheads, lighting techniques or shapes depending on the requests that we receive. A common request that we receive is for fog/mist or bubblers fountains. We are not too busy to help you with your smaller renovation needs.
Sample custom fibreglass rock column fountains
There are many ways to decorate your yard. Depending on the cost of your time you may even want to consider some do it yourself options. Here is one video that you might find useful for creating your own basalt column fountain. WaterfallNow uses a different technique partly because our method allows for more customization in terms of size but also in terms of the types of fountainhead or lighting attachments that can be installed.
Here is a DIY (Do it yourself) method for those creative types
If you’ve ever created your own water features in the past then you know how much fun it can be – or frustrating. Most stone or rock column fountains are very simple to construct. There are many versions including the most common which is mass produced. This would be real rock drilled up the middle. The only real challenge is in transporting them from one place to another often due to their massive weight.
Here is a sample of a real basalt stone pillar fountain by a company in the US. This one weighs almost 2000 pounds according to the description. WaterfallNow does not employ this method but instead uses our own fibreglass rock panels which we cut, bend, and shape into unique sizes with different lighting or fountainheads. We like all methods but our ultimate goal is to do what our client likes best.
If you would like to learn more about getting some information on a custom rock column fountain get in touch with us. WaterfallNow can send someone over to provide you with a free friendly consultation. If you are open to it, we can also provide you with alternative options. This is to ensure that you will be happy with the final decision and not wish you went with something else instead.
We can work within your ideal budget limits. Our clients are typically those who have paid off everything from their home, car, and all other expenses – owning everything outright. They request our services as an addition to enhance their lifestyle making it extra luxurious.
We typically receive requests for something eye-catching and awe inspiring. We love working with these clients because they make our promise to deliver excellence that much more achievable. We still cater to clients who want to start small, not too small, but small.
We cannot promise miracles for delivering on all of the smaller projects due to budgeting & time constraints of our own but should we get a request will still consider it. WaterfallNow ultimately wants to be in a position where we can provide every new home with one of our amazing garden water features.