Designing A DIY Water Feature
Water features come in all shapes and sizes, from tabletop fountains to the powerful, towering jets at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Obviously, the construction of large water features is best left to the professionals, but for smaller projects, it's possible to design a DIY water feature in a single afternoon.
This article will outline some of the things you should consider before shopping for materials and building a DIY water feature.
Style and Materials
The materials you use for your DIY water feature should complement the materials and style of your home and garden. For example, if your home is formal, symmetry, formal shapes, and classic materials such as concrete basins and finials will look best in your garden.
If your home is more rustic or located in a more natural setting, a water feature made to look like a natural creek bed may be more fitting.
Scale and Proportion
How much space do you have for your DIY water feature? How will the water feature be viewed, and what kind of statement do you want to make? For example, if you live in an apartment or condo and you want to build a DIY water feature for your balcony, the space may be tight, and you could probably create a DIY water feature using a couple of small, ceramic or concrete pots. However, in the same space, you may want to make a grand statement and construct a taller wall fountain instead. The scale and proportions should be in keeping with the feeling and aesthetic you are trying to create.
When thinking about scale and proportion, also think about how the water feature will be viewed in relationship to your home. You don't want the water feature or your house to look too big or too small when seen together.
Also consider how the water feature will be viewed. Will it be seen from a few feet away or 50 feet away? Obviously, a water feature that is farther away will need to be larger or it may not have the visual impact it needs. It would be a shame to spend time building a water feature and then realize that it's too small to get any attention.
Basins and Pools
Water features can be constructed using a variety of materials. A simple DIY water feature can be constructed using a ceramic pot and a bamboo spigot. Concrete or ceramic pots are one option. Formed concrete basins can be built for larger projects. These can be left unfinished, finished with ceramic tiles, or colored using stains or integral color. For natural-looking, pond and creek bed designs, you will need a pond liner of flexible PVC. Whatever material you choose, your pond needs to be as watertight as possible. The point is, a DIY water feature does not have to be complicated, but the materials you choose should be appropriate to the size, scale, and complexity of the project.
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