Now that summer is over, and we’re into the autumn, you’ll have plenty of time to think about how to upgrade or enhance your landscape when spring arrives. Depending on the size and shape of your property, there are a number of things you can add to improve your property. Most will add value as well as curb appeal, but there’s one thing that will make your house a favorite, especially with kids: a water feature.
What Is A Water Feature?
You might assume that we’re talking about swimming pools here, but we’re not. Many homeowners may not want the hassle of a pool, and it can be a lot of work. While a pool can be considered a water feature, it isn’t the only one.
Simply explained, a water feature is something that incorporates water into the design and aesthetic. From a simple pond with a concrete urn and copper tubing running water down the sides to a full-sized waterfall, a water feature can be just about anything that holds and runs water. When placed correctly, a water feature can muffle street noise behind it, allowing for relaxation in your space.
If you have an indoor fountain with stones or other trickling water artifacts, the look can be replicated outdoors for a basic water feature. An outside water feature offers calming aesthetics to your yard the way an indoor fountain does but on a larger scale.
Why We Like Water Features
Swimming pools aren’t really practical here since there are so few swimming days available in this part of the US. But flowing, running, bubbling water is soothing, calming, and can run as long as the water isn’t freezing.
Decide on what type of water feature you’d like to add to your property, whether classic, contemporary or something you create yourself. Unique designs reflect your personal style, and a visit to Pinterest will give you a wide range of styles to consider.
Small-Space Water Features
You wouldn’t install a huge scupper waterfall the size of your house in a small backyard, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy a water feature in one. Combining birdbaths, bubbler fountains, statues, pots, and other small items can create a bespoke water feature that conveys your sense of style—or fun.
Birdbaths are a popular choice, but with many, you have to refill the water. Small ponds, statues, rock sculptures, and even wall sconces can turn a small backyard into a reflection pond with the right design and installation. The simple urn with a bubbling pipe makes a statement, while a small rock and water garden has a more nature-made feel.
Waterfalls, Ponds, Water Walls, And Fountains
Bigger areas call for bigger, bolder water features.
Ponds can be more reflection pools with koi fish, or they can give kids a place to play in the summer. Whichever you chose, a pond can be square, rectangular or freeform in design.
Waterfalls can be designed and built with the slope of the land, alongside outside stairs, or in any place you like. Waterfalls can be with or without ponds at the bottom. A wide choice of materials and designs means that the possibilities are endless.
Water walls, with water flowing down the side or in front, can be built into or on top of retaining walls, as well as built into already existing hardscapes. A water wall can also be built into a frame, with sheets of metal or glass for the water to flow down instead of a tiled or stone wall, with a hidden pump to circulate the water. A filter keeps the water clean, and optional LED lights create a beautiful effect at night.
Fountains come in just about every shape and size and can be installed nearly anywhere. Whether you put one near a wall and surround them with sconces, or in the middle of a courtyard, a fountain adds elegance to your property.
Water Features Can Add Value. Let Precision Help.
Summer may be over for now, but it will be back next year. Will your property be ready?
From the smallest backyards to large courtyards, a well-designed water feature offers a calming presence as well as increases your home’s value. Call us at Precision Landscape & Maintenance, (207) 939-8757. We can design, create and install your new water feature and other hardscapes you may be considering. Call today and we’ll begin designing your water feature for next summer.