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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Fountains Through All Ages

The Eastern world is not to be left out in the spectacle of fountains. The Moorish forces that conquered Spain around the 14th century were known to have installed pools and fountains with lively-colored tilework in gardens such as those in Cordoba and Toledo, as well as in Granada. Indians on the other hand built gardens of great splendor with fountains as prominent features. Prime examples are the world-renowned Taj Mahal and the Shalimar Gardens. Chinese palaces, temples and houses also had great gardens with pools and fountains of varying sizes. Beijing’s Imperial City features artificial lakes and other impressive waterworks. Kyoto is also famous for its gardens with carefully crafted pools and waterfalls designed by Zen monks.

Monasteries in middle-age Europe featured large gardens that fountains and wells. designed to enhance meditation in addition to several rows of herbs, fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Palaces and villas in renaissance Italy were very reminiscent of the grandeur of ancient Rome. 15th century palaces were decorated with gardens such as those of Palmieri, La Pietra, and Medici. The villas in Bagnaia, Caprarola, Rome, and Tivoli also featured fountains that were elegantly elaborate. As the baroque period approaches, designs became more grandiose and complex. Spouting fountains and waterfalls were used extensively to enhance serpentine lines. French chateaus in the Loire valley also had extensive gardens and parks with great fountains for everyone to enjoy. By the 17th century, the prime of French design and architecture, fountains and gardens became endlessly grand embellishing the grand estates such as those in Versailles.

The rise of romanticism in the 18th century led to the unleashing of passion which was well translated into architecture, including fountain designs. Exotic and picturesque fountains and ponds served as punctuation marks to the profound statements showed through architecture in this period. Some years after, a prominent landmark, the Central Park in New York spouted.

In contemporary times, the magnificence of fountains has been integrated into homes of the common people. A lot of gardens, especially in the sunny states such as California, have falls and fountains as their focal points. Even condominiums and small apartments have incorporated the natural ambience provided by fountains with miniature versions of the outdoor waterworks. Malls and office buildings now also have indoor fountains installed which helps bring about a sense of calmness in such a bustling setting, serving the same purpose as those of the oases in the ancient times.

Landscape and Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is most effective when used sparingly and in specific spots. Your garden is the transition space between the outside world and your own home. The right lighting can make your garden into another room of your house as well as providing an attractive outlook from inside. And your garden can look surprisingly different at night-time. Just a few lights in appropriate places will create interesting pools of light and shadow. Directional lighting will highlight features that may go unnoticed during the day, like the bark of a silver birch or a eucalypt, or a tinkling fountain. Even sheets of falling rain and swirling shrouds of mist can become dramatic features of your landscape with the right lighting.

Do check that your directional lighting shines onto the feature you intend it to and not into your neighbour’s bedroom window. And consider that a tree you want to highlight may be home to birds and other wild-life. You can minimize disruption to their habitat by using an automatic time-clock on your lighting.

For driveways, paths and steps, use lights that are directed to your feet to create pools of light to guide you. A light that is too high will shine into your face and leave the path and steps in shadow. A lamp next to your front door may look attractive, but a pool of light directed onto the door knocker, the keyhole and the step will provide a safer and warmer welcome for you and your visitors.

Choose colour temperatures to suit what you are trying to light and the mood you are trying to create. The colour temperature of a light is measured in Kelvins (K). The higher the colour temperature, the cooler the light will look. For example, metal halide lamps have a high, cool colour temperature that makes the greens and blues of the foliage in your garden look fresh and bright. Lamps with low, warm colour temperatures bring out the warmth of reds and oranges, like candlelight. An example of cool and warm colour temperature lighting complementing each other in your garden design would be to create a cool, fresh garden with warm pools of light around the paved areas where people gather and sit or linger over a candle-lit dinner.

The Colour Rendering Index(CRI) indicates how a light reacts under different parts of the colour spectrum. This applies particularly to metal halide and fluorescent lights, affecting the appearance of flowers and shrubs and also skin tones. And low-pressure sodium lights give out a huge amount of light but suppress both greens and reds, so that everything looks yellow and grey. Which brings us back to that traffic intersection.

Polywood Pool Furniture

Similar to any other high-end outdoor furniture polywood pool furniture is combined with mortise and tenon joinery, and stainless steel hardware. It is a marvelous blend of style and modern environmental awareness that is not bound to any time limit. And since recycled plastic is used for polywood pool furniture the sun, summer or winter, snow or salt – in fact nothing has any adverse affect on it. One of it key selling points is polywood does not absorb moisture, there is no fear of its getting rotten, spotted or discolored. Also, it cannot be infested by the molds.

The foremost feature of polywood pool furniture as a whole is its indestructibleness. As mentioned above, it is manufactured from recycled plastic lumber; so, it is environmental friendly. The shades of the color are infused all over the furniture, thus the unpredictable weather does not have any impact on the longevity or strength of the adirondack chair. The polywood pool furniture is made with perpetual UV stabilized colors. It is water resistant and you can choose various designs and colors as per your style.

The polywood pool furniture that includes polywood adirondack chairs is almost maintenance free. Its compressed surface makes it very easy to clean and it does not require any painting as it is molded into the solid material. These adirondack chairs are manufactured mostly with hardware polywood. It makes it heavier than wood, thus, allows it to endure strong winds. Also polywood pool furniture has consistent colors that remain intact forever. As far as cleaning is concerned, you just need to hose it off.

Whatever your mood or style polywood adirondack chairs are available in a number of shapes and sizes, from classic to shellback. These chairs may be used beside the swimming pool or any other location.

Iron Gazebo

Most people consider a wedding gazebo when they look for a place to hold the wedding, but if you look well enough you may find a nice variety of iron gazebo to buy and place in your backyard, this iron can be used later as a normal gazebo, you can have your breakfast in and use as a garden feature, keep your gardening tools there, or hold a party and use the gazebo to hold special lights or place tables to serve the food on.

An iron gazebo will stay at your garden for a long time, and if you maintain and take care of it correctly there is no reason it wouldn’t last forever, one nice advantage that the iron has over all others is that it can easily changed and painted with other colors that will keep it looking fresh and new, applying paint to iron is fairly easy and can be done in a very short time, if you will want to change you garden you will probably have to through a garden party or barbeque and have a few of your stronger friends help you move the iron gazebo to a different location at your backyard.

The question of moving of the iron gazebo is no that complicated since most of these gazebos can be taken apart and reassembled, the more advanced versions are made of big parts so even taken them apart and reassembling is simple and easy. This will make it even simple to move it from part to part of your lawn or garden.

If you are looking for an iron gazebo for the sole purpose of a wedding or an event you should also look for prices of other gazebo and think about getting a different, cheaper gazebo and spend some money on its decoration and design if you can buy it. Renting a gazebo for a wedding is another matter, you will just need to do some research for the companies that rent those out, and make sure you get a good deal, and that the company is reliable and can be trust to deliver and assemble in time.