1. Standing on a Pedestal
One of the most common and basic design features is that of stacking various geometric shapes, such as disks, rectangles, or squares, upon a pedestal. The symmetry of these designs brings a sense of balance or “equilibrium” and can have a calming effect.
2. Cascading Water Walls
A second common design is that of a stone wall or pile of smooth rocks over which water cascades in a thin layer. The sunlight makes the water shine brilliantly and brings the natural beauty of the rock formation into clear view. Many of these water-walls are constructed from natural slate or stone, but there are also glass and stainless steel models available.
3. Posing Figurines
4. Complex Water Movements
5. Soothing Water Sounds
6. An Antique Ambiance
7. Hi-Tech Equipment
Alongside the note of antiquity is one of cutting-edge modernity. Hi-tech water pumps, flow control devices, and underwater basin-lights for nighttime displays are common fare on modern outdoor fountains. While there is an inevitable expense in running them, newfound energy and water-use efficiency is also a major improvement.
8. Sturdy Construction
Traditional cast stone brings together the solid build of concrete and the even more traditional contours of natural stone. Less expensive, but still extremely strong, is the option of glass-fiber reinforced concrete.
9. Customized to Location
While most outdoor fountains can be placed virtually anywhere, some are built with a specific area in mind. For example, some are built as “corner pieces” and others as center pieces that face four ways and dispense water in all four directions.
10. Multiple Components
Many large fountains come in three pieces–the stand, the basin plate, and the top segment. Others come in as many as five pieces. The main reason for this is to make them easier to move and arrange. Since a six-foot height and more than a 1,000-pound weight is not uncommon, this is quite understandable. Online retailers of upscale outdoor fountains, like Fathom Fountains, make all of the most desirable fountain features readily available to everyone with Internet access. Even the heaviest fountains can be delivered and installed with only a simple online ordering process. In the modern world, it is easier than ever to deck out your garden, patio, or other outdoor area with a top-quality fountain