You can easily copy this stacked stone water feature for the lawn or the terrace. All you need is a few natural stones, a pump and a small pool of water.
The attraction of the water feature lies in the material: the stone slabs are so different in size, shape and edge course, and there are so many ways to arrange them, that each stacked stone water feature looks different. We stacked the stones into a 70 cm high pile and used a pump with a maximum head of 100 cm.
It has been set so that the water comes out bubbling but not spraying at the top. In principle, all types of natural stone are suitable for a stacked stone water feature like this one. We used sandstone slabs because they split the most easily and you can drill them with a normal stone drill bit.
The stone plates can be easily stacked; but the column becomes inherently more stable when the parts are connected with some cement mortar. Advance plate by plate and allow the mortar to set before you place the next plate. To get the bodywork up as you like, loosely build the stacked stone water feature once and mark and number the plates on the underside.
Stacked stone water feature: what you need
- In addition to the natural stones, you need:
- a watertight vessel,
- the right pump,
- a plastic or copper tube,
- gravel and some bricks.
Stacked stone water feature: Instructions
Insert pump: The plastic insert of a planter serves as a water basin. Three bricks are the pads for the stone slab that obscures the pump.
Pump and riser are used. Now the pump is being tried. To do this, take some water and connect the pump.
The pressure is adjusted so that the water exits only slightly bubbling up.
The largest plate serves as cover. Sandstone is easy to work with the stone drill. Helpful is a drill stand, because with it the hole becomes exactly vertical.
The plate is lying properly and in a stable position, so now pebbles can be filled in.
Stacking can begin as soon as all plates are pierced. Try out how the pieces fit best and how they look the most interesting. A test run with the pump switched on shows the water flow. When you are satisfied, mark the position and order of the plates on the bottom.
The last plate is removed temporarily so you can use a hacksaw to shorten the water riser pipe. After all, it should not stick out above the top stone.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.