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Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Posted by bmh4796 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 30, 13 at 19:24

Our formal dining room faces the side of our neighbors house which is 10 feet away. The architect drew in a little brick courtyard with a wall fountain in it. I fell in love with this idea. The builder said that it would cost about 5-6000 to do this. I told him the fountains are always half off at my favorite nursery, so I could get one for 400. He laughed at me and and said its the wall that will cost!

So, do you have any ideas on how to incorporate a little fountain for less than 6000? You can see how the architect planned it. My only idea is to have a wall shorter than 6 feet?? But that probably won't help much

Also, lots of things have changed on the plans since this pic was taken, so try to focus on only the fountain ;)


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

i was thinking of something like this


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

or this is probably better since it's wider


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Can you use arborvitae to frame in the courtyard? Maybe just have a wall for the fountain?


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

i suppose i could. i'll have to see if that will be ok

This post was edited by bmh4796 on Sun, Jun 30, 13 at 20:00


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Is the brick/wall and fountain something you could add after you move in so that you're not paying the contractor fee? Could save a bit.

Or do the fountain wall but not the other walls and gate. Could always add later on if you decide they are needed.


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

that's a good point about the contractor fee. it's definitely something we can do later.

i thought about just putting one wall to put the fountain on, but would that look weird from the street? you'd see the side of the wall and fountain


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

I prefer the idea of a free-standing fountain surrounded by greenery vs. a wall.


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Here's a picture I found last night... not a favorite design, but an example. You'd still need a planting (or large potted plants) at either end to soften the wall, imo.

A wall will give more privacy (and provide it quicker) than only shrubs.

My aunt had a small courtyard, with small pond/fountain, off the breakfast room. It was a lovely little secluded spot and always seemed magical to me (as a kid).


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Use a trellis with vines to back up a free-standing fountain, like the wider of the two you showed. Add a casual brick patio, some pots of flowers and you are there for <1K

Make sure you have electrical and plumbing close enough to run the pump and the auto-fill on the fountain.


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RE: Ideas for focal point outside formal dining room window?

Are you putting in a door from the dining room to the courtyard? If not, would you ever use it? I think a courtyard with a fountain would be neat...and hopefully magical.


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