Professionals agree--one traffic-stopping focal point in a room is all it takes to make décor magic and it is unlikely you could find an architectural element capable of more drama and impact than indoor waterfall art. To construct and install your indoor waterfall, expect to spend as much time preparing the environment in which it will operate as you will doing the construction so it is not just beautiful but safe, too. Before long, you will be enjoying nature's soothing whisper--even if it is snowing outside.
Things You'll Need
- Electric water pump
- Container pool
- Waterproof pool lining
- Plastic or rubber tubing
- Wall brackets with nails and anchors
- Plastic sheeting or underlayment
- Electrical outlet
- Carpentry tools
- Faux brick/stone veneers
- Waterproof glue/spackle/caulk
- Lighting (optional)
- Green board (optional)
Clear the furniture from around the area you have selected for the waterfall installation. Fasten plastic sheeting to the floor. Consider nailing green board or another type of waterproof sheet rock to the wall against which the waterfall is to be erected. Identify a dedicated electrical outlet that is to be used exclusively for the waterfall pump.
Position the container pool into place. Caulk or glue it if you are concerned about shifting. Secure the pool liner to add another layer of waterproofing. Connect the tubing to the pump and fasten it vertically to the wall, using small brackets and wall anchors. Extend the tubing as high as you wish, but be careful not to pinch the tubing or water flow could be constricted when the waterfall is in operation.
Tap into your landscape design skills by artfully arranging and attaching layers of stone or brick veneers to the wall. Achieve a natural look by designing a thicker base, decreasing the width of the buildup to create a slope that will allow water to spill over the bottom rocks to add to the pleasurable sounds of water meeting natural resistance points.
Avoid permanently sealing off the center column of the waterfall to the wall or you will not be able to access the tubing if it requires replacement or repair in the future. Use clay or other modeling compound to secure this section of rock to the unit.
Complete the waterfall wall by adding a few large rocks or stones over the area sheltering the pump so it is obscured from view. Add hardy greenery like vines and creeping plants that will grow into the design over time. Tack down electrical cords. Commit to cleaning and sanitizing your waterfall at least once a year to avoid mold or mildew buildup.
Tips & Warnings
- Determine the depth of your pool by using the flow rate as a guide so water does not stray outside the retention pool. Consider adding lighting to your waterfall when you begin prepping the area for the installation. Wrap electrical wiring in waterproof casings for safety.
- The higher the waterfall zenith, the more splash you will experience when water hits the recycling pool. Adjust the pump's flow rate if you discover you are getting more splash than you desire.
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