Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Barn Inn Gardens

We’ve added a new feature to The Barn Inn, a European-style, two-tiered water fountain featuring a base of century old moss-covered sandstones, topped with heavy urn planters.  The fountain’s 10′ x 10′ base utilizes remnant barn stones from another barn that for a long time, were hidden in high weeds behind our barn.
My inspiration for the water fountain and natural-material walkway resulted from a web search for a unique water feature.  I was inspired by a marble water fountain that had an enormous price tag of $15,000!  Far too pricy for me!  Remembering that we had extra barn stones in our back yard, I began sketching my plans to make a European-style fountain on “the cheap”.

To complete my feature, I purchased and faux stained concrete statuaries, including a pair of lions, a peasant girl, a bench, and urns.  My faux sandstone creations are quite pleasing and realistic, resulting in a bargain-priced project.  The greatest expense was in the cost of a contractor to set the stone and for electricians for lights and power to the fountain.
Additional landscaping of perennial beds beckon guests to the footbridge and into the backyard park and gazebo.  Stop in some time to see our gardens, fountain, and backyard park.

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