What is a “Water Feature”?
The term “water feature” is given to a range of items including fountains, pools, ponds, waterfalls and streams, but people generally think of them as small, decorative outdoor items. The first water features were powered by gravity or hydraulic rams, but since the 18th century pumps have been used to circulate the water.
Today, water features mainly operate on electricity, but solar power is beginning to become popular as well. They are typically self-contained, so they don’t require water to be pumped in from an outside source. The water is recycled from a hidden reservoir, which is contained either inside the water feature itself or in a basin underground.
The sizes of water features range from ones small enough for a tabletop, to ones large enough to cover an entire wall. They can be constructed from pottery, stone, granite, stainless steel, glass or a range of other materials. Most modern water features have timers to control the hours they run and some have even more advanced controls, such as synchronizing music and light animation with the water’s movements.
Water Walls are a relatively new water feature, but are gaining popularity, especially in high-end homes and buildings. It consists of a large rock slab over which water falls. The water can come down in a series of steps or flow like a curtain down to the bottom, where the reservoir is contained. The wall can be a single sheet of glass or rock, such as granite or slate, or it can be built of wood or resin and covered in tiles or concrete. A water wall will be louder than a fountain or waterfall, so it’s best to place it in a large space where it won’t drown out conversation.
Fountains are the most common water feature and come in a variety of styles. There are vase fountain kits in which the water spills from the vase onto the ground and into the basin below, where it’s recycled back up to the vase.
Then there are spitting fountains, which feature a statue spitting into a bowl or other basin. These spitters are usually incorporated into larger water features, but can also be stand-alone fountains.
Fountains are a beautiful way to add life, movement, and the sound of water to any garden. More and more, we are seeing fountains become a main focal point to the garden. With so many design options available today, the sky is the limit!
We install anything and everything from the “disappearing” fountains with pottery, ceramic vessels, urns, bowls, rocks, monoliths to classic 2 or 3 tiered fountains and bubblers.
We are the “go to” experts when it comes to designing custom fountains, with a vast knowledge in the most efficient and cost effective methods of installation.
Pet Fountains are becoming very popular among pet owners who want to create something unique and creative in their yard. Pet fountains use a circulating pump to recycle the water and shoot it out of a spout into the air. Your pet can easily grab a drink or cool itself off during the summer! When the fountain is turned off, the stones still add a wonderful touch to your backyard setting. Pet fountains can be customized to fit into your existing design or as a part of a brand new one.
Maintenance and Repairs
Our full service Maintenance Department can help you with any fountain and pond repair needs.
We can help fix or replace burnt-out pumps, fix leaks, and even help with algae control. We also specialize in water safe fountain lighting and submersible pumps, for the most beautiful and efficient running fountain.