Water features for an outdoor wall

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Water features for an outdoor wall
Some homeowners add wall fountains to their outdoor courtyards. (tropical architecture image by StephenD from Fotolia.com)

Outdoor wall water features have been used for centuries. According to Guide4Home, the ancient Egyptians had wall fountains in formal outdoor gardens, and the Romans used them to dispense water to the people. If you are considering adding an outdoor wall water feature to enhance your patio or courtyard, you have many types to choose from.

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Wall-Mounted Fountains

Wall-mounted fountains are some of the most basic types of outdoor water features, and they can be large or small. Before buying this type of fountain, make sure your foundation wall is strong enough to hold it. Many wall fountains are made from stone or concrete, but there are cheaper versions made out of fibreglass. These types of fountains typically have a decorative background with a waterspout, as well as curved-out bases that catch the water. They come in many different types of styles, from Buddha-inspired Japanese designs to classic Mediterranean designs with carved-out images.

Pedestal Wall Fountains

Homeowners who have large outdoor patios or courtyards can add large fountains that are installed up against the wall. These types of fountains typically have pedestal bases and back plates. Some of them have several tiers and semicircle shapes (flat back plates and rounded fronts). Others are stately pieces that have long, flat-columned back plates with high water spouts. There are several types of designs and styles of these kinds of wall fountains---from classic Romanesque stone to colourful Mexican tile bases. Some have animal head spouts, such as a lion head or frog head, which appear to have the water coming out of the animal's mouth.

Flowing Water Features

Some people incorporate small water features that use the entire space of the wall. The water moves through the different features in tandem. An example of one of these types of fountains is the Latin American clay pot fountain. The wall has several clay pots arranged from top to bottom in diagonal positions. Each pot has a top water-receiving hole and a bottom, pouring spout. The water flows from the top clay pitcher or pot down to the next pot that is positioned just below the first one, usually at an angle. The flow continues from pot to pot until it reaches the bottom of the wall. The eastern type of water feature of this type may incorporate hollowed out bamboo pipes that are hung at different heights, parallel to the ground. If there are three bamboo pipes, one is one at the top left side of the wall, one in the middle of the wall at a medium height and one is hung at the bottom right-hand side of the wall. The water starts in the top pipe and runs from down from pipe to pipe.

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