There’s nothing that inspires relaxation and tranquility like the soothing sounds of flowing water, so if you want to unwind in your backyard, consider a water feature. Whether you’re adding a reading nook and looking for a way to escape, searching for an eye-catching focal point, or just wanting to add something fun for the kids, a water feature can be just what you’re looking for. Of course, there are the obvious options like pools, spas, hot tubs, or even ponds, but water features can be so much more dramatic, more versatile and yes, even more affordable than that! Here are some of our favorites:
Waterfalls are an elegant choice when it comes to creating a focal point with water in your backyard. Whether you opt for a more organic, traditional choice like a rock waterfall or the sleek look of a minimalist modern one, you can be sure it will be a highlight in your yard. Waterfalls can also be paired with vanished edge pools, with the water rolling over the negative edge.
Fountains also work to draw the eye while adding the peaceful sounds of moving water. Consider pairing lighting with your fountain (or any water feature) for a beautiful after-dark effect.
Statues and ornamental decorations, like the classic lion heads, can be a gorgeous option that complements the traditional architecture of a home with a manicured backyard. Scuppers, spouts mounted in a wall from which water flows, are another understated elegant way to add moving water to your pool or pond. Deck jets, jets that are set into the deck of the pool and create a single arcing stream of water, are another simple way to create the sense of crystal-clear moving water.
For more modern additions to your outdoor getaway, think about adding a water curtain, where water flows down like a wall of water. Water curtains offer a great way to divide a backyard or to create some privacy for an intimate niche for conversations or retreat. Sheer descent water features are another modern touch, spilling water in a solid glass-like sheet, and a sleek addition to pools and fountains.
If you love your backyard and your pool after dark, think about pairing fire with your water feature. Whether you opt for a custom fire feature in front of a water curtain or fire bowls in the center of a fountain, the visual effect of pairing water and fire is dazzling and unforgettable.
If you entertain often or have kids in and out of the pool regularly, an outdoor shower is a must. An outdoor shower offers a quick way to rinse off before and after a swim, cuts down on traffic in and out of your home, and can help extend the life of your filtration system.
Nothing entertains kids like a splash pad! A concrete or fiberglass pad with inset jets and fountains, splash pads are a great place for kids to cool down and with all sorts of exciting additions like water domes, water cannons, water tunnels and water slides, the kids will love spending time in the backyard. These can be simple or elaborate and they can grow as your family does!
For more adult spaces like tanning ledges or pool benches, built-in streams and cascades can be a great way to relax and keep cool while enjoying the sun. And if you’re happier in the shade, misting umbrellas and patio misters are the perfect way to beat the heat and keep kids comfortable and safe on the hottest days.
And, of course, if you’re trying to keep it simple and really on a budget, you can make gorgeous, creative water features yourself, from rock waterfalls to fountains, especially with repurposed items like washtubs, barrels, pottery jugs or flowerpots.
Regardless of what you choose, your backyard escape will be all the more peaceful and relaxing with the addition of the natural sounds of moving water.
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Luxury comes in every shape, size, style and color, so to learn how you can transform your own backyard from ordinary to extraordinary and to locate products and builders, contact Stacy Nelson from @BackyardMamma at (844) 368-4769 or email stacy@BackyardMamma.com. Ms. Nelson has more than a decade of experience in the outdoor living and swimming pool industry and educates consumers and builders about backyard living design and products. View more at http://www.BackyardMamma.com.