Landscape Water Features for The Garden

Water Feature for Your Garden

Water features can be a great addition for any garden style and size. It creates a relaxing, natural and serene environment. It also brings many health benefits. The soothing sounds of flowing water is well known to be a good stress reliever and mood elevator. It helps take you away from your troubles to a different relaxed place. Water features also drowns out traffic noise which is beneficial to residents living in Vancouver, BC. It also purifies the air and adds humidity. Outdoor water features also attract small wildlife such as birds and frogs creating a natural environment. From a financial point of view, water features can increase the value of your property. If you are considering adding a water feature to your landscape, it is recommended to benefit from the following tips and guidelines.

Water Feature Sizes

Water features can add a lot of style and natural beauty to your environment when sized to fit your garden or space. If you are unsure whether or not to add one we recommend starting with something smaller such as a tabletop fountain with plants or a medium sized pond. Opting to construct a larger and bolder water feature might require too much maintenance. However, keep in mind that a larger pond can actually have less maintenance requirements than a smaller one. This is due to the forming of a natural ecosystem around the pond. You can always start small and then expand from there for a more natural and gradual transformation from year to year. Of course if you’ve done something like this before it is easiest to start with the largest size. Smaller  water features such as floor standing waterfalls can be perfect for a balcony, small decks and confined sitting areas.

Design A One-of-A Kind Water Feature: landscape water features waterfalls

Unusually and uniquely designed water feature can be integrated effortlessly into a landscape, as long as it complements the texture, design and style of the garden. You can combine elements – basin, pedestal, spout, etc. – to create your own style. Focus on creating something you won’t find in your neighbors’ or friends’ backyard. You can explore materials and combine design ideas to create a purely unique water feature.

Using Water Features As A Focal Point

Landscape water features, especially ones with moving water, should be placed so as to serve as the focal point of your garden or any space. However, stationary water features such as pools can serve as focal point as well in any style of garden, structure formal garden, deck space, cottage garden, and all sorts of garden incarnations and plants. When you use a water feature as a focal point, the eye is drawn to it and the surrounding is relative to the water feature.

Natural Looking Water Features and water fountains

When you are deciding on a water feature, keep it simple yet natural and consider its appeal in all seasons. The material, placement and size of a water feature should be able to withstand the elements of weather, and appear natural, as if it belongs. Natural water features can help add beauty and structure to an outdoor space. Even if the water is drained in the winter, it can serve as a sculptural element.

There are many kinds of water features. ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, that you can choose for your landscape. You can construct it yourself or get professional help. These are just some of the points to consider.

5 Reasons To Add A Water Feature To Your Landscape

Reasons to Add a Water Feature to Your Landscape

The landscape is usually one of the most important aspects of a home renovation project. This is because it is usually one of the first things that people will notice. In landscape architecture and garden design, a water feature may include one or multiple items ranging from ponds, to pools, fountains, waterfalls and streams. Water features have been around for many centuries. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (1 of the 7 wonders of the world located in Mahaweel, Iraq) is an example of one of the most famous landscapes of all times – not that you need to start building one in your house!

Water features are more than just aesthetics; the sounds of running water soothes your mind and soul. Studies have shown that the sound of running water subconsciously slows down your breathing, which in turn lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. Furthermore, water reduces your stress levels. When you come home from a hectic and stressful day, having a glass of wine while sitting near a water feature can help you to unwind. Five minutes of time spent by the sounds of flowing water can help reduce stress hormones. Who knows, this could end up saving your life down the road.

In addition to relieving of stress, there are other benefits to installing a water feature within your landscape design. Here are five reasons to add a water feature to your garden.

Natural Ecosystem

Anyone that has owned a water feature in the past knows that they attract wildlife – but not the dangerous type. Flowing water attracts birds, rabbits, squirrels and other adorable animals. There is nothing like waking up to the sounds of singing birds. Crows on the other hand don’t sound as good but you take the good with the bad sometimes. Anyways, if you are a nature lover, your water feature will become the most important aspect of your garden and where you will find yourself spending most of your time. You can enjoy nature without having to leave the comfort of your own backyard. Of course if you live in Vancouver you only need to take a stroll down to Stanley Park to visit one of the most beautiful wilderness parks in the world.

Curb Appeal

A well designed water feature adds a lot of curb appeal to your home. If you want the most beautiful landscape and be the envy of the neighborhood, plan on adding a water feature to your garden. There are different types of water features for different homes. Contemporary home designs will look better with clean water walls, waterfall spillways, laminar water jets, flat concrete walls, and sleek looking statue fountains. Luxury homes looking to design a resort-like setting in their backyard almost always have a pool with an artificial rock waterfall, cave, grotto, bbq pit, and outdoor kitchen. Having a staycation can be just as fun as going on a vacation without the hassle of airports and jet lag.

Water Features Increase A Homes Value

Homes featuring water features have been known to have higher property values than those with little or no landscape design. This is important in the event you ever want to sell your home. When you add a well designed and aesthetically appealing water feature to your property, the value increases instantly and your home becomes more attractive to potential buyers, giving your property a competitive property market. Well designed water features will operate in most seasons without ongoing maintenance costs. Like pools, a poorly designed water feature that requires constant maintenance may actually deter some people from investing in the home. One important factor to consider is whether or not the materials used to make the water feature will withstand cracking from freeze-thaw action. This is especially important in Vancouver which gets much rain, rust, and freezing temperatures in the winters.

Drown Out Noise Pollution

A fountain or a waterfall diminishes the noise pollution in your surroundings. Noise machines commonly use ocean waves, the sounds of falling water, and river noises, and there is a reason for that. Sounds of water are soothing and block out annoying noises like traffic or construction. Does your neighbor talk too loud? Are you are tired of hearing them talk about how bad their day was. Is your house is situated next to a busy street or the passing by cars have high music on? You can suppress those undesirable noises by adding a water feature with enough white noise to solve the problem. In addition, you have unlimited access to a peaceful area to enjoy the outdoors.

Air Quality

Flowing water releases negative ions. These negative ions are tasteless, odorless and invisible molecules that we inhale. Water features such as water walls, waterfall spillways, and cascading waterfalls help toimprove air quality, which is obviously better for your health. Negative ions have mood bosting and stress relieving effects on humans. Maybe even on your pets as well. Falling water also acts as a filter for dust, pollen, and even collects animal hairs floating in the air. This is a beneficial feature to those suffering from asthma or allergies. Just make sure to clean out the water once in a while.

Think back to the feeling of peace and tranquility when going to beaches, lakes or rivers. You can add a little of that to your life by adding a water feature in your garden. A garden water feature can be heard from inside your home through your bedroom window or beside your office desk if you have an indoor waterfall.

It is recommended to opt for a professional landscape designer to install the water feature, so that it is done right the first time. A landscape designer can install your water feature at the most suitable location so that it feels like a natural extension of your landscape. Depending on your needs, your landscaper can also recommend the best low maintenance system to install or custom design a unique water feature that has never been done before. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be the creative type, working directly with the artist him/herself means that you helped design and build the water feature.

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Outdoor Waterfall Features

Custom waterfalls made with lightweight fiberglass provides infinite possibilities to get a completely custom-crafted waterfall for the home and garden.

Outdoor Water Features

The versatility of artificial rocks (also referred to as faux, fake, or imitation rocks) allows landscape contractors to create beautiful waterfalls for their clients. Typically these contractors serve a very niche market comprised of wealthy home owners.

There is very little that compares to having a miniature resort in your own backyard. People have a tendency to be drawn to waterfalls. Rock waterfall contractors simply recreate that effect for you from the comfort of your home.

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Faux rocks can come in virtually any colour by using different natural rock powders. Their colour can even be changed using paint year after year. Change from one color to another with ease. Paint spray guns work well for this and the mixture of several different colors is recommended.

Normally the biggest barrier that we find our customers face is that they don’t have the budget for something spectacular. The industry average cost for custom crafted work all things considered can be $400+ per square foot. We often have deals going on where we do it for less than half of that. The competition is essentially those miniature fountain statues that you buy off Ebay. However, some people want something much larger that fits well in their yard.

Pool Rock Water Features: Advantages and Disadvantages

Pool rock water features can offer a variety of benefits to a homeowner

Things to consider are the type of buyer that would be interested in your home. If they like the idea of having a pool then having a custom-made water feature by the poolside will get them excited about investing in the property. On the flipside we have seen many new homeowners have a pool filled in because they did not want one.

Whether or not you should add a pool to the yard is something that requires a bit of knowledge of the surrounding area. It sounds simple but it is surprising how often builders forget to understand what type of buyer or demographic they are catering to. Sometimes the buyer doesn’t want or even care about owning a pool.

Keep in mind that there are different options to choose from ranging from concrete, GFRC, paneling, natural rocks, fibreglass, or plastic.

Pool Rock Water Features

Advantages of having rock water features by the pool

  1. The white noise produced by a waterfall helps to drown out the sounds of nearby traffic
  2. The soothing sounds help to promote stress-relief and relaxation
  3. Help to increase the property value or appeal to home buyers
  4. They are a symbol of wealth as not everyone can afford them
  5. Makes for a private resort-like setting with the addition of a few palm trees
  6. Lasts for many decades with minimal down-time
  7. Can be enjoyed year-round or whenever you decide to have it turned on
  8. They require minimal maintenance to operate (ensure water level is maintained and pump is replaced every several years)
  9. Can be customized with your favorite lighting, shapes, designs, and colors
  10. An affordable luxury that can be purchased for the same price as a designer purse or piece of jewellery
  11. Receive many compliments

Disadvantages of pool rock water features

  1. They aren’t viewed as an investment to the average consumer
  2. May require a permit which can be difficult to get if using heavy materials, drilling into natural rock, and so forth.
  3. Same as above, depending on the type of material used, if a mistake is made during the construction, you can end up with expensive maintenance issues
  4. The cost of maintaining a pool may surprise first time pool owners who may be too busy to do their own maintenance The small amounts do add up over time. A pool rock water feature that flows into the pool will require extra maintenance and care
  5. Jealous neighbors that will try to 1-up you with a bigger one
  6. Expect high shipping fees for products purchased outside of Canada

Advantages of WaterfallNow’s Pool Rock Water Features

  1. We take care of the maintenance with one phone call
  2. Lightweight with no permit requirements
  3. Simple to install
  4. No large trucks or machine equipment required
  5. Custom-designs that can be changed during the formation process
  6. Small working crews which reduces cost to the consumer
  7. Any lighting, or other custom materials such as water sheers and spillways can be incorporated into the design
  8. No limit to the size, shape, or design
  9. Operates in all 4 seasons
  10. Does not need to be operated on an ongoing basis like most water features
  11. Remote control switch on or off
  12. Competitive pricing for custom work
  13. Can be premade and shipped locally according to the designs you had in mind
  14. Artificial rocks made with fibreglass to capture the realistic indentations seen on real rocks
  15. Pondless waterfall designs that recirculate water over and over for reduced maintenance

Landscape Water Features

Have you been recently inspired to add a water feature fountain or waterfall to your garden? Whether you like vanishing ponds, pondless waterfalls, or just a trickling fountain to some sounds of nature, your options are endless.

Landscape water features are typically for the more advanced garden project as regular maintenance is often required in order for the fountains to look appealing. They have long symbolized the architectural and design ability of cities both modern and ancient. Moreover waterfalls found in nature have always been intriguing to human beings. Many are drawn to them because there is just something about the look and sound of falling water. It is now possible to create miniature waterfalls to be enjoyed in your own garden for as often as you like.

When properly maintained and constructed, a landscape garden water feature can increase your home’s property value. This means you can enjoy your water feature at no cost until such a time when you decide to sell your home while recouping your initial investment and then some. It also doesn’t hurt that your home will stand out from the rest. The work that goes into creating a water feature for your garden pays off for many years as you entertain guests, hold parties, sit outside by the patio, or even while relaxing indoors with the windows open. It just helps to relax and unwind beside the waterfall while your stress melts away.

Swimming Pool Water Features
water feature reservoir (Courtesy of Houston Landscape)
Much in the same way as the water is cycled from a cascading waterfall feature or pondless waterfall, a pool waterfall cycles water back from the pool. The result is a spectacular visual of falling water. Ask people who already own a waterfall for their pool and most will say they cannot imagine not having one.

Fountains
Fountains are a beautiful sight to behold. This is especially true for spectacular water shows combined with lighting. They can be an excellent addition to the frontyard welcoming your guests.

Pondless Waterfalls
Most modern waterfall fountains including the ones made by WaterfallNow are often self-contained. Rather than constantly wasting water, the existing water is cycled through by a pump over and over to create the falling water effect. The hidden reservoir known for its relation to invisible waterfalls or ‘pondless waterfalls’ are a good choice due to their low maintenance requirements. The small water reserve is out of sight and out of mind so you don’t need to deal with green pea soup or the swampy looking water that many other water features are plagued with.

Indoor And Outdoor Fountains
Water features come in all shapes and sizes. Some that are purchased online were manufactured in China. Others may be made in Canada or locally in general. If you like to spend your time both indoors and outdoors then a small portable water feature might be what you are looking for. These can typically be found online and manufactured from China. (WN plans to add a selection for them on this website in the future).

Do It Yourself Landscape Water Features (DIY)
An increasingly popular option is to create your own water feature using existing junk materials from the garden. Water feature fountains can be made from common materials such as granite, aluminum, fibreglass, concrete, glass, GFRC, brick, wood, marble and any other materials. These are just some of the materials one can use and there is no actual limit to the type of materials one can use to create a fountain. An increasingly popular item is the basalt rock column. Simply drill a hole into a rock, create the pond, add some plumbing, and you are good to go. Simple is key.

 
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