Over the past few years, homeowners have taken a particular interest in expanding their living experience beyond the walls of their homes. The great outdoors have become a popular place to gather on the porch or patio with friends, or retreat into the quiet solitude of a well-cultivated garden. This year, we are continuing to see more and more homeowners incorporate water features to take that experience to the next level.
“Water features are a great way for homeowners to elevate their outdoor environment. Essentially people are looking for three things when choosing a water feature: 1) they want it to be visually appealing, 2) they want want it to be low maintenance, and 3) they want it to be affordable to maintain.”
— Chuck Tripp, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.
Water feature trends for 2015:
A small, man-made pond is a great way to add another dimension to your backyard garden experience. The aesthetic appeal, along with the soothing, trickling sound of fountains or water spouts, invites guests to linger and relax in a calming setting. There are many options and styles of ponds available depending upon one’s tastes.
Of all the outdoor water features available, sheet waterfalls are probably the most popular. As homeowners continue to add more structure to garden areas—brick walls, stone columns, and the like—sheet waterfalls have now become a crowning feature that creates elegance and interest beyond the typical fountain.
This is a visually appealing and decorative way to make use of your return water from a pool or other water feature. Homeowners can get creative by using a large clay pot or urn to draw attention to the naturally returning water and make it an enhanced focal point.
Rock Column Fountains
This is a unique yet virtually maintenance-free way to add an impressive water feature to an existing garden structure. By implementing rock or stone columns—typically in sets of three—you can harness the fountain water and divert it into a bed of gravel where it is re-circulated back to the columns.
Here is another low-maintenance, low-cost option. Bubbling fountains generally feature large rocks, stones, or even a pot or urn, as the centerpiece. By inserting a hole through the object, the water can bubble-up from the pool or waterfall and spout upward through the opening for a dynamic aquatic display.
Fire and Water
Homeowners are now creating outdoor spaces that mimic the functionality and comfort of indoor spaces. As a result, they are creating unique environemnts that feature both fire and water, combined, to enhance the overall experience. “The warmth of fire and the shimmer of water are very important,” says renowned landscape architect, Michael Schneider. “It’s very intriguing to have both fire and water—opposite elements—together. “
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