Water Features
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The Positive Benefits of installing a Water Feature in Your Living Area

The area outside your residence can be enhanced by including a wall or a garden fountain to your landscaping or garden project. A myriad of present-day designers and fountain artisans have found inspiration in the fountains and water features of the past. As such, integrating one of these to your home design is a great way to connect it to the past. The benefit of having a garden fountain extends beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere. Flying, bothersome insects, for instance, are frightened off by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

Wall fountains are a good option if your yard is small because they do not require much space in contrast to a spouting or cascading fountain. You can choose to put in a stand-alone fountain with a flat back and an connected basin propped against a fence or wall in your backyard, or a wall-mounted type which is self-contained and suspended from a wall. Both a fountain mask located on the existing wall as well as a basin located at the bottom to collect the water are necessary if you wish to include a fountain. Be sure to work with a professional for this type of job since it is better not to do it yourself due to the intricate plumbing and masonry work required.

Where did Fountains Begin?

The dramatic or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to providing drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and memorialize the artist.Fountains Begin? 057862912369871468.jpg Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to decorate their fountains. To replicate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.