Fountains are often the focal point of a yard and adds aesthetic value to your property. Fountain lighting transforms your fountain in the evening into a welcoming gathering place, where you can watch the kids play around and enjoy the movement of the water. What are the benefits of fountain lighting, why have them and what do they cost? Here we will go over all of that and more.
Benefits of Fountain Lighting
If you have a fountain, but currently do not have the lighting…you are really missing out! Fountain lighting opens up a whole new world to you when the sun goes down. You get to sit back and listen to the soothing sounds of running water and enjoy the enchanting sights of nature. Sure, you might be able to see both of these during the day, but at night everything looks different. If your fountain is near a gathering spot, like a patio, why wouldn’t you have lights?
Cost of Basic Fountain LED Lighting Package?
Cost of LED Fountain Lights
Custom Fountain Lighting Costs?
Well..there are a couple reasons; the most important to me is kids and nature. Many people ask us if we have lights in our fountains. Of course we do! Most of us here have kids, and we all know kids are very curious, so they like to know what the critters do at night. When the kids go out and watch the fountain at night…they absolutely love playing with the water…it can be hard getting them back in the house! And even those of us here that don’t have children, still have fountain lights…just to simply enjoy the evening and the water feature as a whole at night.
Add a new dimension to your fountain by bringing it to life at night. With today's busy lifestyle, it's important to be able to enjoy your fountain at any time of the day. For more information about all the lighting options we have, feel free to contact us for more information below!
Many Oklahoma homeowners desire the soothing sounds of running water, but are just not ready for a pond or simply can’t afford one. The AquaBasin Bubbling Rock Kit™ allows you to "Do It Yourself" and can easily be installed within just a few hours. Now here is how you can add that soothing sounds of moving water to your Oklahoma landscape.
Once you have the pump kit, basin and rock, you will next need to identify a viable location and prep it for installation. Within buildings they can be installed near the surface level and outdoors they can be installed on a patio. Stone and plants can be used to conceal the basin. You should also pay attention to the splash radius particularly if the bubbling rock is being installed indoors.
Many Oklahoma pond owners choose to bury the basin. To do this, you will need to find a spot and then excavate it. It should have the same depth and size of the basin. The soil at the bottom of the hole must be tamped to provide a strong base. You can then add a layer of sand (C-10 is best) to act as the leveling base. The basin can then be placed in hole and the soil can be used to anchor it in place. After this you would install both the bubbling rock and the pump kit.
Don't Forget The Lights
If you are wanting to add lights to the fountain you have a couple options depending on where you would like to put them. If you are wanting lights in the top of your rock fountain, do it before adding your aquatic plants and gravel. The reason is that the cord of the lights needs to run down the middle of the drilled hole. If you forget and add plants and gravel first, it's a pain but it can be done.
If you are just wanting to add light to shine up the fountain you can add them when you add your aquatic plants. Just remember no matter when and how you add the lights, there is going to be some cords that have to be cover with the gravel.
Tip: Try to keep the light wire away from the roots of the aquatic plants.
What Are Bubbling Rocks?
Bubbling rock is a type of boulder or stone that is embedded within a water garden and which emits water from the top, which flows down the sides. It is comprised of three parts, which are the pump kit, basin and rock. The rocks used for these systems must have a specific formation or composition. Many rocks and boulders are prone to breakage or chipping when drilling is applied so they are not good candidates. The best rocks are rubble or granite boulders. The shape of the rock will determine the manner in which the water cascades, but rock drilling should only be left to pros as the process can be hazardous.
The pump kit is responsible for moving water through the rock. Some of the accessories which come in a standard kit include valves, fittings, clamps and hoses. The basin is a type of reservoir which will be positioned beneath the bubbling rock. It could be something as simple as a hole which is dug into the yard and then lined with heavy duty plastic or a pond liner.
Advantages of Bubbling Rocks
Moving water is a necessity for ponds and water gardens. Water which sits still will deteriorate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes especially in tropical and subtropical climates. Bubbling rocks keep water circulating and can be installed within small areas, which is advantageous for people who have smaller yards. They can also be used both indoors and outdoors, which make them viable even for people who live in apartments or urban environments. Perhaps the biggest advantage of bubbling rocks is that they are low in cost and maintenance.
Now that you are familiar with bubbling rocks, stay tuned for next weeks blog on How To Install Bubbling Rocks.
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This is another question we are asked frequently, and we are going to come right out and say it… Ballpark figures, of course. Looking to add some natural beauty to your Oklahoma City landscape, but concerned about time and money. Fountains are an easy way to add all the beauty and sounds of a water feature without consuming a lot of time or money. Fountains are an easy and quick way to be able to enjoy flowing water in your everyday life. Fountains can range in size, style and price to fit any Oklahoma City landscape and budget. Wondering how it all works?
Fountains are installed on top of a reservoir basin and the water simply recirculates with a pump. The basin is buried underground and you can cover the top with decorative rock and gravel. So now the big question is, how much does a fountain cost to have installed in Oklahoma City metro area?
We're never ones to shy away from being blatantly open and honest with respect to competition, and we want our customers to be as informed as possible. Below you will find our base installation cost for several fountains.
Cost of Small Decorative Fountains - $2395
Fountains can also be added to existing Oklahoma water features such as ponds, pondless waterfalls, rainwater harvesting systems or on their own. The possibilities with fountains are truly endless. Some fountains even have the ability to create fire coming out the top along with the water. In addition, lights can be added to both the top and bottom of most features.
Cost of Medium Decorative Fountain - $2795
Cost of Large Decorative Fountains - $3795
Keep in mind, our construction and installation is not limited to the product or sizes shown, we can custom create any size basin to coincide with your vision and work around most existing hurdles. We treat each fountainscape as a unique piece of art created just for you and take great pride in the artistic construction of each project.
Cost of Multiple Piece Fountain - $8995
All multiple fountains are installed on custom built basins.
Water is the most important source for all living things. It is also the most mesmerizing thing you can watch. If you choose to spend your vacation time visiting places that have natural water sources or water features why not add one to your everyday life.
Add-Ons or Extra's
Just like everything else...there are several additional options you can add to your fountain. Fountain lighting has made huge strides over the last few years. There are a variety of options when it comes to lighting from simple LED spotlight kit (pic below), LED Fountain Lights installed inside the openings to the fountains as well as color changing lights that can be controlled from your phone.
In addition to the lights one of our favorite add-on features is the Fire Fountain Kit. The fire fountain kit can be easily added to the Sphere's and urns.
Now that you know how much it costs to have a fountain installed, you can make a much more informed decision. Remember if something sounds to good to be true it is! If you would like to see more choices you can visit our fountainscape pictures. When you are ready to take the next step you can call us at 405.834.2291 to set up an appointment with one of our designers.
Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.