If you decide to build a decorative well with your own hands, you need what is needed for any undertaking – a desire and a little knowledge. People from the past could envy the current summer residents who have piped water. After all, they had to go to the river to get water, and then carry a heavy burden on themselves home. Only the richest could have a well. But then no one could even think that our decorative wells in most cases will be only an element of landscape design.
- Why in the country a well without water
- We choose material for construction
- We equip a decorative well
- Decorate your creation
Why in the country a well without water
Indeed, such a well does not fulfill its direct functions, so what is there to envy? Ancestors, of course, will not understand, but the current aesthetes can explain a lot. It turns out that with decorative wells it is very convenient to cover a container with rainwater or hide a sewer manhole under it. At the same time, a decorative house can be planted with ampelous flowers and climbing plants, which will create a special cosiness at the cottage.
In rare cases, a decorative house is used for its intended purpose – they cover a well with water. Then, in addition to aesthetic pleasure, the well performs its prosaic function – it protects water from freezing in the winter, and from insects, dust and debris in the summer.
We choose material for construction
Most often in suburban areas and cottages you can find wooden wells. Natural material for its environmental friendliness, beauty and reliability has been appreciated at all times. In addition, landscaping wooden buildings always fit easily – just plant a place with a well of flowers, trees and green grass.
The whole house (both the base and the roof) is made of boards or a log house. The walls are covered with tiles, bricks, stone or planed boards. The roof can be made with a decorative ridge or weather vane, how many slopes it will have, two, three or four – it is up to the one who is building to decide. It is worth noting that the roof above the well can be both closed and open. The first option plays a protective role, closing the head of the structure, and the second performs, rather, an aesthetic function.
You can cover the roof with any material: boards, tiles, and metal sheets are used. For these purposes, even bamboo will do. In this case, you get an interesting design in oriental style. In general, so that the well fits the design of the site as accurately as possible, experts recommend making its roof the same material with which the roof of the house is covered.
The columns are made of logs, they can be made even and smooth, and if desired, decorate with birds or animals with patterns or sculptures. Around the well, it is advisable to blind from paving slabs or concrete. To prevent the penetration of surface water to the walls of the well, you can use the popular soft blind area. It, unlike others, is more durable.
We equip a decorative well
First of all, you need a rather large-sized tank, for example, a tank. Dig a hole in the size of the tank, give allowances of about 20 cm on each side to make it easier to install. Pour sand at the bottom of the pit for strength, approximately 30 cm high. When installing the tank, its walls should be above ground level.
When the tank is lowered into the pit, for fastening, it is necessary to fill the sand between the walls of the tank and the recess in the ground with sand, press tightly and even pour water. You can mix sand with cement so that the structure holds even tighter, but in this case you have to wait a few days for the cement to set and only then continue to work.
Surround the base of the future well with logs. Around them, fill the foundation about 30 cm deep. Drill holes and plant the bottom row of logs on the anchor. Lay the remaining rows with well masonry. Determine the height yourself, but experts do not recommend doing more than one meter.
When you get a square from the bar, inside it you need to install racks that will be the base of the roof. They can be fixed with nails or self-tapping screws. Then you need to knock down the house with two bars (there are two of these houses), install them on racks and connect the transverse crossbars. It is necessary to fill them very densely to each other, otherwise the roof will be unstable and may fly away in windy weather. The construction is completed by installing a decorative cover on the well.
Decorate your creation
Well decoration is a creative process that is completely dependent on your imagination and dreams. And it doesn’t matter whether you built it yourself or if you got the well from the previous owners of the dacha. The main thing is that the decor fits into the design of the garden. For example, if the site is furnished with carts, wooden wheels and a wicker fence, then the well needs to be decorated in a country style. Attach a cartwheel wheel to its base, which will overgrow with waving flowers. Such a seemingly insignificant detail will perfectly emphasize the style of your garden..
A well looks gorgeous, barely peeking out of greenery surrounded by juniper bushes and lawn grass mixed with flower beds. Near the well, you can erect a fence of twigs or branches, lay out the blind area of wooden stumps or stones. If a pond is located nearby, be sure to build a wooden bridge through it. This will give the style of your garden a certain rustic romance.
Many, digging a hole under the well, do not take out the excess soil, but build an alpine hill out of it, lay it out with stones, plant it with flowers and install mini-fountains. The abundance of babbling brooks creates a pleasant atmosphere for relaxation and pacifies.
The well in the medieval style looks interesting. Decorate it with stone, cobblestone or granite. Instead of a roof for such a construction, it is better to build a metal dome. Forged look will be given a more modern look by forged supports. And flowers and green bushes will not be an obstacle for any style.
Very popular for decorating a well is the marine style. The pillars on which the roof rests must be wrapped with a thick rope, decorate the vertical posts with anchors, and instead of the buckets hang a beer barrel. If instead of the handle of the gate to install the helm, and to fill the foot of the well with pebbles, then your well will certainly become a local attraction.
You can always create your own style, do not be afraid to improvise and do not forget to connect your imagination. Even if it seems to you that you are not an expert in landscape design, remember that very often people discover such abilities in themselves precisely thanks to the arrangement of their own garden. Good luck and creative success!