The Modern Design Aquascaping team had the opportunity to travel to Nashville for an excellent six fountain build. In this video we're going to walk through the installation process for a 20-foot diameter fountain to show what's underneath the fountain. What's underneath the fountain is just as important as what's above. A 20- foot diameter fountain install might be more adventurous then you were thinking. Follow the link in the video to find the fountain for you.
The installation begins by putting together all the necessary parts and equipment. These materials didn't come pre-assembled and will have to be put together onsite. Once that is completed we turn our attention to the 20-foot circle drive at the front of the home and begin excavating the soil. No Job is without complications! First, the driveway with exposed aggregate driveway which requires caution not to grind the gravel with the heavy machinery. We used plywood as the mechanism to sit and consistently maneuver the plywood to ensure the protection of the driveway.
Secondly, there was nowhere to get rid of the dirt! The solution was to find a place in the back yard to burn through the soil, which means load after load of dirt being loaded into the dump trailer and hauling it to the back yard to be offloaded. The soil was then maneuvered by small machinery to where we want it. There's no way around it when you put a fountain in of this size there is a lot of soil!
The dirt has been removed, and the splash zone has been set 20 feet in diameter. The edges in the circle have been tapered to the center so all splashed water will run back to the middle. If we do any pitch at all, we level the whole thing slightly to the pumps located at the lowest point in the feature. The aqua blocks are perfectly level and fit inside tight together to create a durable surface to build the fountain.
The next step is to put a protective underlayment layer to keep from puncturing the waterproof liner. Another layer of the underlayment is added to the middle to cover any sharp corners of the blocks. This extra protection will make sure we have no holes and leaks down in the bottom.
The underground portion of the install is complete! Now we focus on the six fountains and all the pumping. Also, We'll drill holes in the fountains for lighting and place fountains at various heights to achieve the desired look. You want to make sure artistically it looks good from every direction. Once the fountains are situated, that will determine if each fixture gets three or one watt LED lights. Every light is put in with a specific purpose to create a particular effect.
To finish make sure the fixtures are level, and test run the pumping to make sure everything is running as you have ball valves to adjust in each fountain. With this complete, we add the rocks to create different elevations. To complete the look big natural boulders, mountain stones, and mix river rock are added. The addition of the stones will cover all the man-made stuff. The finished look will be fountains of different sizes and elevations running water that disappear into this natural stone.
We at Modern Design Aquascaping hope this install inspires you to do something water feature-ish in your own space.
John Adams is a professional pond artist and builder.