What Types Of Stone & Rock Water Feature Designs Are Available?

What Types Of Stone & Rock Water Feature Designs Are Available?Few things can make a pond stand out like an intricately designed rock or stone water feature. These visually striking installations have been used for years to impart a natural and dynamic look around a pond or waterfall. Falls, in particular, are helped considerably by the presence of stacked stone, as it makes the falls appear as if they were taken directly from nature. These will enhance the look of a pool or expansive garden, adding visual interest and gentle sound.

What kinds of rock and stone water feature designs are available?

These installations are like works of art, in that each one is unique. With so many stones to choose from, in varying colors and sizes, and all of the possible arrangements out there, there are an incredible number of options available to a homeowner. The most popular option is a simple natural looking installation that consists of stones stacked several feet high. The arrangements are in a way that produces several levels, producing a series of smaller falls instead of one large fall. Features arranged this way create a softer sound instead of a loud plunging noise as the water strikes the pond. Several smaller falls can also be diverted in a number of patterns, adding another layer of visual complexity to the installation.

The type of rock used in the water feature will impact the installation’s overall look and motion
. In general, installers use cast stone to build the placement, though this stone can be cut from sandstone, limestone, brownstone, bluestone, granite, travertine, slate or any number of other geological substances. Each stone has its own color and can be cut to nearly any shape. So, one installation may be built with a collection of smaller, multi-colored stones while another may use a single large piece of granite. One placement may start just a couple feet off the ground and stretch out horizontally for an impressive distance. Another may begin 10, 20 or more feet off the ground and create a striking vertical drop for the falls.

During construction, the installer will get an idea from the homeowner, the desires for the outcome of the feature. Then the installer will excavate the area, lay down an impermeable bed of clay, sand, inert plastics or a combination of the three. This will minimize leaking and erosion, ensuring long lasting performance from the placement. Installers can also help place landscaping around the feature, including aquatic plants that add color and shape to the area. If a homeowner wants to add fish to the placement, an installer can build it in a way that supports a healthy environment for the fish.

No matter what a homeowner is looking for, it is sure to be an impressive undertaking. With the help of a skilled professional, however, the result is sure to be worth it.

This article was published on Friday 07 November, 2014.

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