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Patio Water Features - Ponds, Fountains, and Small Pools
Water, flowing over small rocks into a pebble lined pond, moving gently from one patio pond to another through a canal, linked by a pretty stone bridge, its fine drizzles spraying moisture loving plants; cooling the surrounding air and providing a beautiful view at the same time.
Small Backyard Ponds
Ponds and pools have a cooling effect when built on or around patios and finding space to build one is a great idea if you have plans to remodel your outdoor rooms. Because water has a profound effect on most people, whatever space is available, a homeowner can always find a spot for a small pool or a patio water fountain.
The size of available space should not be an issue and neither should its configuration. For tight spaces, go vertical. For instance, a wall fountain with slowly cascading water that empties into a small narrow pond.
For larger outdoor rooms, there is enough space to go horizontal, like building a still water pool that's decorative and natural, with water lilies and exotic fish.
Brilliant Pond Design Ideas
Moving water is always a dramatic sight to behold and even the smallest and simplest water fountain installed within a patio adds a soothing and refreshing sound dimension to even the tiniest of outdoor rooms.
The rushing sounds and movement of patio water fountains also provide great sound masking effects on noise generated from neighbors' homes or a busy road's traffic.
There are three categories of patio fountains:
- Spray fountains
- Splash fountains
- Wall fountains also referred to as spill fountains
Spray fountains use assorted fountain heads and will send water upwards in various shapes and heights. They produce anything from small lacy mists to massive water columns.
Splash fountains have some sculptured piece where water is forced up, through it, and then cascades down. These types are almost always professionally produced by artists and sculptors. They can also be purchased from garden and landscape supply stores.
Wall or spill fountains sends a lone stream of water from a fountainhead falling into a pool, or into a series of tiered decorative troughs.
Great and Compact Fountain Ideas
DIY Patio Pools
There are decorative garden pools available on the market that are portable, affordable and quite versatile. They can be purchased at garden and pond supply stores both online and offline.
To go a step further with creative ideas for a small pond, there will most likely some 'finds' around the home that can be recycled and converted to small pools. Here are a few examples:
Old Bathtubs - Discarded bathtubs can be installed into the ground and filled with water. Beautiful ground level flowering plants can be planted around its perimeter to give it a form of lushness. Add a few water lilies on the water's surface.
Terracotta Pots - That large clay pot sitting in the back garden with a dead plant can be converted into a water feature. Install a small spray fountain spout within it to make a small but lovely fountain set in a small patio. Plumbing works required for this and similar ideas is minimal.
Stones, Bricks, and Concrete - There are also the easy-to-build traditional patio pools made of concrete, bricks, stones, tiles and rocks. Water features built with these materials blend well in both traditional and modern patio settings.
Ready Made Ponds - There are on the market that are quite affordable and easy to install. With these, you can DIY and build it in a few hours. They are made of plastic and are often a popular choice among beginning pond builders. pre-formed ponds
How to Build with a Ready Made Pond
Patio pools look great in both formal and informal surroundings. And whether it's built with a modern theme in mind, an eclectic one, or a natural and traditional setting, all pool designs offer the opportunity to include aquatic oxygenating plants such as floating hyacinth, tropical water lilies, and water grasses.
And if the pool is built off the ground and is raised enough to sit on its edges, it can provide a beautiful home for exotic fish such as the koi or goldfish.
What are your thoughs on enhancing a patio with water features now?
Calling In Landscape Experts
Garden and other outdoor ponds that are meant to appear as if placed there by mother nature are the most enjoyable to create and enjoy.
But it is no easy feat to put together rocks, grass, soil, stones, and other similar materials to ensure the pool, pond, or stream seem like the work of nature.
Natural garden pools, waterfalls, and flowing streams fall within such categories. They demand careful planning because of their sensitive designs and maintenance challenges. Plus such patio pool design ideas calls for a landscape with some aspect of natural settings.
Complex patio water features such as these are difficult to build and manage by most homeowners, and the desired effects are rarely achieved.
Because of this, such complicated patio ponds, streams, etc. are best left to the landscape architects and designers.
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