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I've always thought that it would be cool to landscape a basement.
When building a home, utilize rock formations and natural features of your property by building around them rather than digging them out or blowing them up. With proper lighting and careful watering you could terra-form your basement
into a lush jungle, (sans predators) or a flowering, fruit and veggie filled Eden.
I am sure that this much of the idea is already baked but the problem, as I see it, is to incorporate all of the features or a functional rumpus room without spoiling the illusion of a natural setting.
Faux furniture would be relatively easy; couches and chairs that look like boulders or fallen logs but are deceptively comfy to sit on. Even a billiards table could be camouflaged as a fallen tree trunk whose top opens in a roll top desk fashion, but what about the entertainment center?
The stereo system and speakers can easily be hidden but the television poses a bit of a problem if you don't want to have to see it in order to see it, if you know what I mean.
So how a bout a waterfall in the corner of the room which flows like a solid unbroken sheet of glass. If it was backlit it should be possible to project an image on to it, and not ruin the scenery.
Utilized rock formations and natural features of the property by building around them rather than digging them out or blowing them up. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
LOBO electronic water screen
The indoor model uses a waterfall. Pretty much as you describe, fry fry. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
||It is good and I have seen it at
Universal Studios, Islands of
Adventure, Poseiden's Fury.
||Yeah, you could build your own miniature replica of the Devil's Tower Monument in Wyoming.
||The water screen idea is alive and well (link). Turns out increased humidity was a problem to overcome during the development.
||I like the links.
I had seen the fog projections before and thought this might work if you could make the water opaque with back lighting, and when I googled waterfall projection I saw the laser shows on existing water falls. I just wonder if you could make a smooth enough screen from a sheet of water to have a decent image.