Water Features

Two people who have enhanced several gardens with the use of water are Vlad Sitta and Gordon Ford. Vlad Sitta creates focal points within the garden by sculpting the water with the use of stone and hard materials. In contrast, Gordon Ford seamlessly blends water within its surroundings.

In this case Brendan wanted the water feature to have a strong sculptural presence, as well as work as a focal point that you can't ignore. It also had to be a one-off original, something that couldn't be bought from the local nursery. It was also important that the water element be simple and that the water feature be circular, to contrast with the right angles and straight lines in rest of the garden.

To create a one-of-a-kind water feature locate the water feature in the open to create a focal point. Create a circular base and walls using bricks and cement. During this process insert pump conduits and pipes before the brickwork sets. Once the walls are built and have set, fill with rubble and compact. To create a wok shaped dish to hold the water, use brick halves and cement. Render the brickwork so that you are left with a smooth even surface similar to a wok. Once the cement has cured, apply a waterproofing agent (speak to your plumber or hardware store). Once the waterproofing agent has set, you can start to add mosaics for colour and texture. When tiling, ensure all tiles are the same thickness for an even finish. Use a waterproof tiling adhesive such as 'Davo's Ceramacrete', available from most hardware stores. Once the tiling is complete, the final thing to do is apply grout to the spaces between the tiles.


Vlad Sitta
Room 413
3rd Floor, 15 Randle Street,
Surry Hills 2010 NSW Australia
Tel : 9211 4130

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