If you have been browsing the Internet trying to find the perfect outdoor water fountain you may have been disappointed that none was exactly what you wanted. Learning how to design a fountain is not as difficult as it sounds, and will allow you to create your own bespoke water fountain, just right for the space you want to install it on. Designing a water fountain is not as difficult as it seems, and you may even be able to build it yourself and save yourself some extra cash.
Start with looking at the available space and the location where you intend to place your outdoor fountain. Water fountains are composed of three main elements: a water reservoir, a pump and visual elements to create the desired aesthetic effect. The principles of how to design a fountain apply the same to large stone garden fountains and small portable models, the only difference is the size and assembly. However, some types of water fountains require landscape adjustments, such as digging up a pool or terrain tiers to create a waterfall.
You should draw a basic blueprint for your fountain, as that will help you estimate the strength of the pump you will require. The strength of the water spray will be given by the power of the pump and the size of the reservoir: a powerful pump and a small water reservoir produce the tallest sprays. For a bubbling pond or a gentle cascading fall you can use a smaller pump. The water reservoir can be anything, from a water barrel to a dug pool with goldfish. You may be able to re-use second-hand items, such as an old wooden barrel. Large pots can made great tabletop fountain ideas for outdoor use, though if you intend to use them indoors you will need to make sure they are totally water-proof.
Once you have a location, the right pump and a water reservoir all you need is decorative elements to hide the circuit. You can use rocks and plants to create a natural looking fountain, or industrial looking metal items for a more contemporary look. If you want to design a fountain that is also fascinating at night, purchasing LED lights can help you create a magic atmosphere if you place them underwater or right at the base of the spray.
Water Fountain Design Tips
Keep in mind that even if you can purchase large fountain water pumps cheaply, they will need to be connected to a power supply and a large spray will make your fountain lose water much faster. Always design your fountain considering the size of the space you want to decorate: there is nothing more annoying that a fountain that needs to be turned off because otherwise anybody near it gets soaked while having dinner outside.
Keep in mind that outdoor water fountains require power, so either use a cable that is compatible for outdoor use and make sure it’s not a tripping hazard, or choose a solar water pump instead.
One of the benefits of knowing how to design a fountain is that the sky is the limit, and you can let your imagination run wild. Use the Internet to inspire yourself, or look at ways to use discarded items to create a unique looking fountain made by you.
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Category: Outdoor Fountains