Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

50307slcop__22320.jpg The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply drinkable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow down or shoot high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the artist. The main components used by the Romans to create their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Gravity was replaced by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for amazing water displays.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.

Backyard Elegance: Wall fountains

Nowadays you can just put your garden water fountain against a wall since they no longer need to be connected to a pond. Digging, installing and cleaning a nearby pond are no longer needed. Due to its self-contained quality, this fountain no longer needs plumbing work. All the same, water has to be added regularly. Your pond and the nearby area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to drain the water from the basin and replenish it with fresh water.

Garden wall features come in many different materials, but they are usually made of stone and metal. Knowing the style you wish for shows the best material to use. It is important to buy hand-crafted, light garden wall fountains which are also easy to set up. The fountain you purchase must be easy to maintain as well.

While there may be some instances in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which demand scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging parts. Little exertion is needed to enliven your garden with these types of fountains.

Use a Water Wall Fountain To Help Boost Air Quality

An otherwise lackluster ambiance can be livened up with an indoor wall fountain. Your eyes, your ears and your well-being can be favorably impacted by including this kind of indoor feature in your house. If you doubt the benefits of water fountains, just look at the research supporting this idea. Modern-day appliances create positive ions which are balanced out by the negative ions released by water features. When positive ions overtake negative ones, this results in improved mental and physical wellness. The higher serotonin levels resulting from these types of features make people more aware, serene and energized. An improved mood as well as a removal of air impurities stems from the negative ions released by indoor wall fountains In order to rid yourself of allergies, impurities in the air and other annoyances, be sure to install one of these. Lastly, the dust particles and micro-organisms floating in the air inside your house are absorbed by water fountains leading to better overall wellness.

Backyard Water Features: The Designs From Which to Choose

If you want to chill out for a minute and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. If you are planning to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the effort it takes to do it correctly. The value of your home will increase with a lovely garden area, as it will boost the “curb appeal” of the property. Many people opt to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or getting a water feature.

The visual appeal of any garden can be really improved by just adding a water fountain. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very plain spot.

You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly animals visiting. All eyes will now be focused on the dazzling fountain.

Rome’s First Water Transport Systems

With the building of the 1st raised aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, folks who lived on the city’s foothills no longer had to depend entirely on naturally-occurring spring water for their demands. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone technologies readily available at the time to supply water to segments of greater elevation. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early 16th century, they utilized the brand-new technique of redirecting the flow from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. All through the length of the aqueduct’s channel were pozzi, or manholes, that gave entry. Although they were originally manufactured to make it possible to service the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he obtained the property in 1543. Though the cardinal also had a cistern to amass rainwater, it couldn't provide a sufficient amount of water.

Fortunately, the aqueduct sat under his property, and he had a shaft opened to give him access.

Eco-Friendly Fountains: Good for the Environment

Are you looking to beautify your backyard? Well, you can add that extra touch and augment the price of your home just by adding a solar run water fountain. You get all the advantages of an electrical fountain, as well as other financial benefits and an overall betterment to your health. While you may spend a bit upfront, the savings that you make in the long-term are worth it. Electrical power shortages will no longer hinder utilizing your fountain since it will run on the energy of the sun.

Your monthly electric bill will most probably go up with running water fountains. Keep in mind that while you may not see any rewards right away, your home will be worth more further down the road.

Spending more money on our electric bills is not the only downside - the environment is highly affected too. Solar powered water fountains get their energy directly from the sun thus making them the perfect “green” fountain. The eco-system can only benefit from the use of solar powered houses and water fountains.

This kind of fountain demands less maintenance than others.

As there is no electrical motor that can get clogged, little cleaning is required. And because there is little cleaning to do, you will have more time to play!


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