Water brings tranquility to a home as there are few sounds as tranquil as lightly running water. Creating a water wall in your home may be easier than you think and can be a real art piece for your friends and family to enjoy.
Water Wall Preparation
Because you are making a permanent structure, you are going to want to remove the drywall on this wall so that you can run proper plumbing. A 3/4 inch cold water line should supply more than enough water to create a cascading water feature. Have a plumber also install a ball valve in the basement or a few stud bay over from the water wall for the ability to turn the water off.
Install 1/2 inch concrete board with galvanized screws every 6 inches, making sure to used construction adhesive on the concrete board. Install Kerdi water proof membrane over the concrete board with a thin set make sure to get all of the wrinkles out of the Kerdi liner.
You will have to make a type of basin to catch the water. Make a shallow box out of treated 2×4 material making sure to secure the 2x4s to the floor joists. Then Drill a 2 inch hole for the plumbing drain in the center of the box. Have the plumber install the drain at the height it needs to be so that you can pour the floor. Wrap a rubber membrane around the basin making sure that it overlaps over the edges of the exterior of the 2x4s. Adhere the membrane to the floor with contact cement, making sure that you remove all of the ripples out of the membrane. Install rubber boot that snugly fits over the drain pipe.
Pouring The Floor
Mix the concrete for the basin floor with water until it is the consistency of peanut butter. Pour it into the basin making sure that the sides are higher than the drain. Use a trowel to pitch the concrete towards the drain. Let the concrete set up for 8 hours.
Installing the Wall
Attach a fiber mesh backing with mortar and start staking pre-cast stone veneer against the concrete board using premixed mortar or bag mortar. Make sure that the seems do not line up on the pre-cast stone. This type of stone is not a stone, but a molded concrete cast that is dyed and shaped to mimic natural stone. Scrape any joints with a rounded tuck point trowel.
Finishing Off the Water Feature
Add round or jagged 1 inch stone to the inside of the basin. Add a surround that matches the floor or tile the perimeter of the exterior of the basin to finish it off.
Have the plumber add a long manifold with multiple ports that go along the wall but stop about 12 inches short on each side. Turn the water on lightly and you now have a water feature inside your home.
Creating this water wall is a great way to add design into your home that will be sure to create interest and conversation.