Revitalize Your Yard with a Water Feature
If your property wasn’t blessed with a natural body of water, why not add your own. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Adding a self-contained water fountain is an easy fix to freshen up a yard in which the décor is a little stagnant. If you have the time and energy to put a bit more elbow grease into a do-it-yourself project, landscaping and constructing your own babbling backyard brook is an inspiring and rewarding project to take on. Choosing any of the following water feature ideas will provide priceless relaxing ambiance and joy to your guests and increase your property value while you’re at it. All that’s left to do is pour yourself a cold beverage and kick your feet up next to your new at-home oasis.
A tasteful water feature can double as a piece of art, making it a great investment. Unlike DIY projects, water fountains offer instant payoff and years of relaxing enjoyment. A waterfall fountain can work in harmony with other water features in your yard when placed next to a pre-existing pool, pond, or stream. With the right mix of plant life and landscaping, a water fountain is a beautiful addition on its own.
Build Your Own Stream
The years of enjoyment you’ll get out of a man-made pond are worth the afternoon of set-up and weekly maintenance which will be required. If your property is on a slight incline, you can let gravity and gravel act as a natural filtration system for your stream. Just install an underground sump at the bottom end of the stream to pump the filtered water back to the top. For a more audible “babbling brook” sound, choose a plot of land with a steeper incline. Only a few inches of incline are needed for your stream to produce relaxing sounds as it flows. Once you have plotted the perfect location and dug a hole (use an irregular shape for the most natural look), simply line it with a waterproof sheet of PVC. Cover the bottom of the stream with smooth, flat stones to prevent punctures in the PVC and hold it discreetly in place. Then enjoy the soothing sounds of your own mini stream as it runs through your property.
This is an impressive and rewarding project for those who like to entertain. It’s especially a hit with children as they can learn to help care for a pet as they watch the fish grow over the years. Koi can grow up to 3 feet long, so be sure to give them a pond with ample space and fresh water which is filtered or changed regularly. Choose a flat area of soft ground for this dramatic new water feature, and buy a pump and a filter to ensure the water is a clean and comfortable environment for your fish to thrive in. Once your hole is dug and your plastic base is cut, placed, and hidden with soil at the edges, spray a protective coating on the plastic and allow it to dry. Fill the pond with fresh spring water, or tap water balanced with a de-chlorinator (read label for instructions). Then add gravel to the bottom, and beneficial bacteria according to package directions. Once your pump and filter are working and the water has been balanced to an optimal quality, introduce your fish and enjoy!
- Brady Draper
Top Modern Fountains of 2016
Sometimes it is the simple curves or the symmetry of objects that brings out the balance of an outdoor space. And often, as it has been said a thousand times over, modern pieces can artfully bring together natural elements of a garden or outdoor patio, and outdoor furniture. The serenity of the outside is perfectly matched by clear cut lines, spheres, and sensuous curves symbolizing beauty of calmness we inherently recognize as a stillness we need against the busy, hurried life we often lead. Adding a contemporary outdoor water fountain is more than just aesthetics.
Below are the top modern fountains of 2016.
1. Scallop Monolith with Ball Outdoor Fountain
Bold, geometric and delightfully unusual, the Scallop Monolith with Ball Garden Water Fountain features a perfect sphere perched atop a picturesque marble like rock face pillar in a square basin. Standing at 74” tall, water streams out from the top of the sphere and over the pillar, sparkling as it catches the sunlight. Imagine the soothing sounds of water flowing in your special outdoor area.
Blending the best qualities of art and a water feature into a truly dynamic display,the Ion Garden Water Fountain is a modern piece with a very soft feel that contrast a modern linear style. Standing at 53” tall, this garden fountain is perfect for any outdoor area. The finishing techniques make every piece a uniquely beautiful and original work of art.
3. Rubix Garden Water Fountain
Combining intriguing texture with the soothing sounds of water in motion the Rubix Garden Water Fountain is a striking addition to your garden. The 48” sphere rests in the center of a wide, shallow bowl as water dances over the textured sides. The result is an enchanting, inviting atmosphere that will have you lingering around the garden every chance you get.
4. Small Vase Garden Water Fountain
Refreshing to the eyes and soothing to the ears, the Small Vase Garden Water Fountain is designed to meet today's artistic features our customers’ desire. Clean and chic lines accentuate the shimmering display of flowing water of this 45” tall water feature. Place this contemporary garden fountain on your patio or in the garden to create a stunning focal point.
5. Spindel Garden Water Fountain
Stunning yet subdued in its sophistication, the Spindel Garden Water Fountain creates a graceful water display as well as soothing water sounds. This modern take on a tiered water fountain features a beautiful ensemble of tall, spindle-like pitchers and vases. Steady streams of water running through them are great for infusing your environment with peace, tranquility and a unique beauty.
6. Servius Garden Water Fountain
Blending the best qualities of abstract art and a water feature into a truly dynamic display, the Servius Garden Water Fountain features a pair of twin fish that are beautifully designed with piercing eyes and fierce gills. Made of glass fiber reinforced concrete, this modern fountain creates a spell-binding focal point and a stunning conversation piece.
Both a work of art and a sense-pleasing fountain, the I Garden Water Fountain features a beautiful curved pillar set in a square basin. Definitely eye-catching, it spans at 84” tall and 43” wide and will make a strong statement in any outdoor space.
8. Small Oblique With Ball Garden Water Fountain
Standing over three feet tall, the Small Oblique With Ball Garden Water Fountain, an exquisite art piece that really stands out and draws the eye. This modern outdoor fountain creates a stunning visual display as water sparkles and shimmers in the sunlight while the flowing water sounds it creates are so relaxing you'll want to sit nearby for hours on end.
9. Steam Garden Water Fountain
An all-time favorite, the Steam Garden Water Fountain from GIST features a distinctive and eye-catching design. Standing at 55” tall and 36” wide, this contemporary garden water feature makes a gorgeous focal point that demands attention even in the largest of spaces.
10. Joli Garden Water Fountain
Take your outdoor setting to the next level by adding the Joli Garden Water Fountain. A modern take on a classic tiered water feature, this modern fountain won't overshadow your landscaping, but allows the flowing water to truly shine as it bubbles up and flows out four sides and into the basin.
- Brady Draper
Top Lion Fountains of 2016
Lion fountains have been around for thousands of years. They are classic and timeless, as they symbolize power, strength and courage. These water fountains have been making a bold statement in outdoor décor for centuries. Used to be a sign of affluence, these lion fountains are now accessible to anyone who chooses this style. A classic look that never goes out of style, adding one of these water features to your property will definitely turn some heads.
Below are the top lion fountains for 2016.
1. Lion Wall Outdoor Water Fountain
Simply designed yet classic in appeal, the Lion Wall Outdoor Water Fountain has a flat back so it can be placed against any patio or garden wall. This wall fountain brings the music of crystal clear running water to a home, creating a serene atmosphere. Weighing only 287 lbs. and standing at 40.5 inches tall and 26.5 inches wide, adding a touch of sophistication has never been this easy because sometimes, simplicity is all it takes.
2. Extra Large Vesuvio Outdoor Water Fountain with Lion Pedestals
Bold but not overpowering, the Extra Large Vesuvio Outdoor Water Fountain with Lion Pedestals is a 103” tall masterpiece with a sea-inspired look that is completed and accented by four gorgeously shaped lion pedestals and 2 stunningly gorgeous tiers. With its unique design, this fountain is able to manipulate the water to move in a way that creates a relaxing scene. The combination of both the sheer elegance that the fountain possesses and the dynamic and aurally-alive display of its water in motion guarantees that your visitors will be captivated as soon as they step into your outdoor living space.
Grace your garden with the Lion Garden Water Fountain. Flat back, this lion fountain is perfect set against garden walls, placed in court yards, patios and alcoves. It features an artfully carved lion head, pouring water forth from its mouth so that it pools in a tier below and then overflows into the basin.
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