In selecting a fountain, decide
what’s most important to you. Setting/location? Material?
Style? Sound? Size? Complement existing décor?
Here are some factors to consider in
selecting your fountain:
If you really
need the fountain to be in a particular location, be sure that
the fountain you select suits that location. On the other hand,
if the features of the fountain are the critical factor for you,
then choose the fountain you like and situate it in the best
- Do you like something particular
as the dominant material?
Slate, river rock, marble,
- Do you want a certain style? Contemporary, oriental, cascade, water wall, desert?
- Are there particular architectural
features or other design elements of your home or office which
you’d like to complement?
- Are there any space requirements?
Does the fountain need to fit on a particular counter or
credenza? Is there a height constraint? (Some fountains are
- Are there any cost requirements?
Personal fountains cost anywhere from $25 to $20,000.
- Do you want a small or large
fountain? Smaller fountains are more intimate and make nice
accent pieces. Larger fountains are more of a focal point,
sometimes have a more audible presence, and typically are
handcrafted individually (rather than mass produced). Also,
there's a greater quantity of water in larger fountains and it generally travels farther,
simulating water in nature. (Think of the difference between
1-2 cups of water recirculating and a gallon or more of water recirculating.)
- Sound. Do you need a gentle,
non-intrusive sound or lots of sound to mask room noise? Do you
want "babbling" sounds (like a gentle mountain brook)
or "splashing" sounds (like a small stream pouring
into a pool)?
Perhaps you've seen a few fountains
in local garden shops and other retailers. That gives you a feel for
how different designs and sizes look, act, and sound. FountainFinder
shows you a vastly larger variety of fountains - including many
which are handcrafted, unlike the mass produced models usually seen
in local stores.
when buying other products on the Web, always ask the fountain retailer anything you need to know that's important to your buying
decision. Some possibilities:
the fountain is for indoor or outdoor use (or both)
the fountain is fully self-contained (includes reservoir, pump,
color. Are alternative colors available?
for installation &
Shipping costs &
note . . .
|As with all
retail environments, product listings can change from day to
day and week to week.
Thus, do NOT assume
that a particular fountain will
still be available from a given merchant the next time you