Despite the fact property values across Canada and the U.S. have been on the rise over the past few years, many homeowners are still searching for affordable ways in which to increase the resale value of their homes. In reality there are a number of things you can do that are sure to improve the value of your home, but as many realtors are sure to tell, curb appeal may be one of the most important issues you should consider. With this in mind you may find that adding certain water features for the garden can be of great benefit if you are trying to sell your home.
A Well-Maintained Yard May Not Be Enough
If you are fortunate enough to have owned your home for a few years, you have probably spent a fair amount of time and money maintaining your yard. Most of us are quite proud of our well-kept lawns and flower beds, but when the time comes to put your home on the market or you are simply looking for a way to make your yard more enjoyable, you might want to consider adding an outdoor water garden. In today’s market it takes a lot to ensure your home stands out from the crowd once you put it up for sale or even if you are only considering selling it. A manicured lawn may look good enough to you, but in today’s market you will find that it is the more complex landscaping that increases property value. Neatly laid out gardens, wide paths, and plenty of mood lighting are all great ideas, but quickly pale in comparison to a similar home that has its own backyard waterfall and stream.
Moreover, it only makes sense that a ‘luxury home’ comes with a luxury landscaping job to boot. The outside of a home can pre-frame the home buyers decision whether or not to make a purchase. Those who purchase luxury homes have more options when it comes to location. So make your garden stand out with an attention grabbing unique waterfall feature.
Making Good Use of Water Features for the Garden
If you really want to raise the value of your home to the next level, consider adding one or more water features to both the front and back yards. It is a well-known fact that the sound of flowing water is one of the most relaxing sounds in the world. If you were to add an outdoor water garden that featured its own tiered waterfall and a bench or two to sit on, this could significantly increase the value of your property. While it can be tempting to hire a professional landscaping company that specializes in water features for the garden, there is no need to do so as there are a number of do-it-yourself kits and products available. It should only take a few hours to install an outdoor water garden or your own backyard waterfall and stream. Keep in mind that despite the popularity of this type of landscaping, it still remains relatively uncommon in today’s homes. Those that take the time to invest in adding one or more water features in their garden or yard are sure to realize a significant return on their investment. Even if you decide not to sell your home, you and your family are sure to enjoy the relaxing environment these features will add to your home.
Many of our water features are so affordable that some of our clients end up selling them for more money 10 years later.
Here are a several resources available on creating your standard DIY water features.
Here is a tutorial on how to build your own water fountain using pots
As you can see from the above video, it doesn’t take much money or time to create your own patio water features. The sound of trickling water can enhance the ambiance out on the deck.
The next 4 part video courtesy of The Pond Digger features a mix of natural and faux rocks that are used to create a basalt column rock bubbler bird bad fountain. Don’t be afraid to add more variety with the types of rocks or plants used and to experiment with new ideas. Another recommendation is to find a spot clear of trees and to avoid placing them in areas where you get lots of falling leaves as that can cause the water to flow out or clog the pump.
Not sure where to buy a faux basalt rock column? Here is a do it yourself tutorial courtesy of Arteolike.
Basalt column fountain installation kits can sometimes be found at your local garden shop. However, this method demonstrates one of the many techniques to creating a faux basalt column. Real basalt rock columns for garden purposes can weigh thousands of pounds and requires heavy machinery to install. That is something better left up to the professionals.
The artificial rock water features such as waterfalls and fountains created by WaterfallNow do not fall under the do-it-yourself category.
We have spent many years developing our skills and experience creating custom water features while constantly stepping out of our comfort zone. However, there was a time when we once failed miserably at creating small do-it-yourself water features.
Fast forward to 100’s of water features later we can say that we are definitely much more experienced than we were many years ago.
Whatever your next DIY project, just remember that if you aren’t failing, you aren’t just trying trying hard enough. Get creative. All you really need is a small pump, tubing, drill, screws, glue, and some creativity. Now you have a few examples of how to create quality do it yourself outdoor water features. Start with the basics and maybe someday we can combine our work on the same project.
Hopefully you’ve stumbled across this page because you were looking for some inspiration and found it. Feel free to share your ideas with us on our Facebook page.
How To Create Quality Do It Yourself Outdoor Water Features July 11th, 2014WaterfallNow
Looking for a way to get large natural rock features for your backyard? WaterfallNow specializes in creating outdoor garden water features using artificial rocks. These can be made in any shape, size, or colour. These can be added onto an existing pond or built pondless.
Samples of some outdoor garden water features made using our hand-made artificial rock panels
Updates on some current work (Indoors)
A rock wall starting to take shape.
There are many custom options available. LED lighting, mist makers, fog producers, reactive fountains, programmable fountains and more. WaterfallNow works closely with designers, architects, and builders.
Rock Pillar taking shape
We will have new videos and updates coming in a few months time. If you need some ideas for some outdoor garden water features simply drop us a line. Book your free estimate. In this free consultation we will discover some options and determine the best plan for you.
Why consider having water features? Because they are awesome! If money or space was no object most people would be open to having one.
There are many companies that create beautiful water features as a quick browse on YouTube should show. One such company is Aquascape. They create water features using natural stone. There are several methods of creating water features that range in price from very inexpensive to very expensive. Keep in mind however that it isn’t always the case that you get what you pay for. So why consider water features as part of the bigger picture of landscaping overall?
“Nearly 20% of buyers say they consider landscaping to be a ‘very important’ factor in their decision to buy a house, according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors.” Wall Street Journal. Selling Houses by the Yard. August 17, 2007.
OK. 20% isn’t a big number but when the group was narrowed down to higher end homes that number increased significantly. After all, a luxury home just doesn’t feel the same without stunning landscaping work.
“Property adjacent to water – whether a pond, lake, stream, river, or ocean – is often more expensive.” Kaplan, Kaplan, and Ryan. With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature, p. 113.
Adding some water features to the yard tends to increase property value provided that it looks good. It can also be a no-no when done in areas where there are only a few warm months. Fewer buyers want to deal with maintenance. Speaking of maintenance it is a good idea to install lawn sprinklers. For high end homes however, adding a pool may be advisable.
By digging a hole, laying some pond liner, throwing on some rocks, a pump, and some arranging you can create an inexpensive water feature. The downside to this method is of course the maintenance. It doesn’t take long for this method to start resembling green pea soup. Water features in the backyard of a home are often enjoyed during the Spring and Summer months. Weekend gatherings and BBQ’s on the patio can be more enjoyable when spent nearby a water feature. The sound of trickling water is soothing and reduces stress. This is good news as stress can trigger or act as a catalyst for many health related issues.
“… Hospital patients who have a view of natural landscapes recover faster from surgery and require less pain medication. In addition, heart rate, blood pressure, and other measures return to normal levels more quickly when people view natural rather than urban landscapes after a stressful experience.” The Sustainable Sites Initiative. Standards & Guidelines: Preliminary Report. November 1, 2007.
Similarly, those who have an aquarium with live fish in their homes may also experience these benefits. Maybe you have a blank slate, that is you’ve just bought some land and are drawing out plans for what it should look like. Do you prefer having a large lawn or do you prefer having a pond?
One of the major things to consider is the maintenance of a pond and whether or not you are willing to keep it in good shape. Unkempt ponds are unattractive, and are a breeding ground for many insects including mosquitoes. That is not to say however that homes should opt to go without a water feature altogether.
Not all water features require a pond. Homes with smaller yards often opt for pondless or invisible waterfalls. It is known by many that having water features improves a property’s value (as would a gazebo, patio, or a sundeck). But did you know that it is rated as one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home?
Not too many things in a yard can stand out quite like a professionally crafted water feature. Our Custom Water features have a way of naturally drawing people towards them. Having a waterfall is a great way to showcase your home and make it stand out from the rest. Too many homes are being built using the same cookie cutter format all throughout major areas. It is nice to add a fresh landscaping concept to the mix from time to time.
Adding a water feature to an existing pool is considered going all out in most cases. It is easy to decide on whose yard people will hold their party at when there is someone with a pool with water features. There are too few people fortunate to live near an ocean, lake, or other body of water. This leaves many with a basic yard perhaps with some grass, a shed, and a patio table. It doesn’t have to be like that and you don’t need to try and create your own water feature. There are many professional landscaping companies that specialize in these types of projects.
The cheapest method of building water features involves just a few hundred dollars but lots of your time. This is the method most people are familiar with and that is to do it yourself (DIY). This can however backfire if the end result is far from desired and you find yourself burying it instead. On the bright side you will have at least gained some of the health benefits of a water feature through the exercise.
Hmm… Perhaps even cheaper than the first method depending on how you value your time, simply going to the local Walmart or pond/landscaping/fountain store and buying a pre-made kit may also do the trick. There are some companies that offer either pre-made kits or pre-made fiberglass fountain statues – but you want something much bigger right?
A more costly method is to actually hire someone else who is going to create it for you. Make sure this person has experience and the photos on their website are of their own projects. It isn’t uncommon to hire someone new only to find that they are biting off more than they can chew.
A professional landscaping company that specializes in water features will either use natural stone or use specially mixed concrete. Some companies use fibreglass rock panels that look like real rock and then patch them together. Overall, people will know what you spent on your water feature.
Their first impression will likely be either:
1. Wow, that is nice
2.Wow, that is really nice! or
3. WOWOWOW, THAT IS REALLY NICE
At least this is what they will be thinking…
One point that quickly comes to mind is conservation. One of the benefits of having pondless water features is the minimal reliance on water consumption. Pondless water features have contained basins where the same water gets cycled over and over. Most people know that the look and sound of water features reduces blood pressure. But did you know that the reduced lower hydro bill can also keep your blood pressure levels in check?
Whether you like water features for your yard or indoors you have a wide range of options. The best time to invest in one is now (sooner rather than later). The longer you have one, the more enjoyment and benefit you can extract from the overall value.
Try calling on some of the companies that specialize in water features in your local area to inquire about some of the options available. For the DIYer you may be able to get some free advice on where to purchase supplies at reasonable prices. For the person that just wants the best and wants it now it is still a good idea to ask around to see what is available. What might be considered the ‘best’ to one may be completely opposite from another.
Water Features: A Backyard Oasis July 7th, 2016WaterfallNow
Each one of WaterfallNow’s water features and waterfalls starts off as an idea that produces spectacular results. Using various methods we are able to seamlessly blend each custom water feature. Unlike concrete or natural rockapplications that are limited in size and texture (usually stamped), our hand-made artificial rock panels come with great detail and design that are difficult to mimic otherwise.
We start out by selecting the right rock panels for the location. Once that is sorted out we begin cutting and shaping the fake rock panels to create the water feature. The resulting custom water feature designs are generally something difficult to tell apart from the real thing. The texture, dips, and natural contours of the outer shell are difficult to mimic using concrete applications. We prefer to use this method not only because of the versatility but also because of the problems that we were noticing with concrete applications (mainly cracking due to freeze-thaw and temperature issues).
The majority of waterfall projects that WaterfallNow has worked on up until now are pondless waterfalls. Should you have an existing pond we will be able to include our rocks as an add-on feature. While we have many years of experience in traditional landscaping we now specialize primarily in the creation of custom rock water features. We can still assist you as the owner in finding the right people to accomplish all of your renovation needs. This includes and is not limited to hiring people to build you a (koi) pond.
There is virtually no limit to the level of creativity that one can have. Our biggest projects have yet to be seen. Feel free to contact us if you are looking for custom water feature designs or are just looking for some design ideas in the Lower Mainland area.