Beginner DIY Summer Projects: How to Install a Water Feature
Water features bring many benefits to your outdoor spaces. They moisturize and purify the air around them, making outdoor spaces like your patio and porch feel refreshed. The look beautiful and sound great, creating a calming atmosphere that’s unparalleled. They can also increase the value of your home. Best of all, you don’t need a lot of DIY experience to get one.
Practical Location Considerations
The right location for your water feature will likely depend on how much you invest in the Chinese system of Feng Shui.
If you don’t believe in this ancient decorating philosophy, then you have a couple of key considerations. The water feature will need to be close enough to a power source to run its pump, unless it is solar powered or doesn’t involve running water.
Choose a space that’s large enough to comfortably fit your desired water feature. Water features come in a range of sizes. A large fountain won’t look right in a small space, and a small water feature won’t make the right impact when it’s dwarfed by a large space. If your water feature needs maintenance, make sure your space is large enough for easy access.
Then think about where your water feature is meant to sit. Compact table fountains shouldn’t be installed on the ground, and floor fountains will be too heavy for tables. Choose an appropriate water feature for your needs.
A floor fountain won’t work on any ground, though. Consider your land carefully to make sure it will support your water feature. A heavy feature may sink in soft soil. Many large water features need a flat, solid surface as a foundation. You may be able to level your ground if you can’t find an area that suits your desired design.
Location Rules for Good Feng Shui
If you care about Feng Shui, then you’ll have extra considerations in mind. Place the water feature far away from your bedroom. The Chinese believe that you’re at greater risk of developing respiratory problems or colds if you can hear a water feature while you sleep. Sleeping above water is also not recommended, so don’t place your fountain directly below your bedroom window.
Beware when placing fountains near your front door, too. A water feature near to the right of the front door is believed to make married men stray.
Choose a Water Feature Made From the Right Materials
When most people decide to install a water feature, they head straight for their local homewares store or popular home websites. They browse through the commercial water features available and pick the one that’s most aesthetically pleasing to them without considering what would work best in their yard. While styling is important, you should also consider the material your water feature is made from. This will impact its look, weight, and price.
Natural stone is a popular choice for its authentic look. Stone water features look like they’re meant to be in any garden setting. They can be very heavy, though, and quite expensive.
If you love the look of stone but can’t afford the high price tags, you might consider a fiberglass water feature. Fiberglass water features can be made to resemble stone or virtually any other material. While they’re not as convincing up close, they are much more affordable and easier to transport due to their light weight.
Brass is another popular choice. Brass can look elegant in an outdoor setting, especially when it’s new. However, it will tarnish over time as the metal reacts with the atmosphere. While some people like the rustic green tinge that aged brass takes on, others are disappointed this metal loses its luster.
Installing Your Water Feature
Water features vary, so you should check the installation instructions included with yours. Some water features are free-standing while others are installed into the ground after you dig a hole large enough to accommodate the feature. If you need to dig a hole, remember to spread underlayment and a liner to keep your water in your water feature. Otherwise, it will simply soak through the soil.
You’ll likely need to connect a basin or a series of basins to a reservoir, a bottom basin where water pools. The reservoir is often your water feature’s base. You’ll then feed a pipe or tube between the reservoir and top basin so that water can travel between them.
Moving water features have one or two pumps that sit beneath the water’s surface. In single-pump water features, the pump fits in the reservoir. Double-pump water features have one pump in the reservoir and another in the top basin. Install the pump or pumps, and connect them to your power source.
When you’ve put together your water feature, you can fill its basin. Once filled, you can turn it on. Resist the temptation to turn a moving water feature on early; water pumps can be damaged when they circulate air rather than water.
Personalize Your Water Feature
Beautiful water features are found online and in brick and mortar stores, but they’re designed to appeal to the masses. For a water feature that reflects your own individual style, use these water features as a base and personalize them.
Large water features with single basins look stunning with fish. Plants are another possibility, although they won’t survive without running water.
A splashback can also make a dramatic statement and help segment your outdoor space. You could choose a single color or use mosaic tiles for a more vibrant effect.
Outdoor lighting is another excellent option that can help you enjoy your water feature once the sun goes down. Make use of the power source near your water feature or add a border of solar-powered stake lights to illuminate your water feature at night. This effect is ideal for homeowners who enjoy entertaining friends in the evenings.
Water features are easy to install, even for DIY beginners. Take a chance and transform your outdoor space today.