water features are decorative landscape features that use water as their main
element. They are vital to the attraction factor of residential landscape
design. No everyone likes the same trees, flowers, stones, or bricks; and
certainly not everyone likes the same geometric designs.
universality of water as a symbol of spirit and life is well documented
throughout human history. Its use as a landscape decoration goes back
millennia and is found equally throughout Western, Middle Eastern, and Eastern
Civilizations. In one form or fashion, water connotes to all of these
cultures the serenity and depth of the undiscovered Self beneath the surface of
the conscious mind.
In today’s professional
landscaping design, outdoor water features are customized reflecting ponds,
infinity pools, waterfalls, fountains, and natural ponds. In most
instances they are built as the center pieces of gardens. Here, they work
as focal points that link water as a symbol of life to organic life
exceptions to this rule, however. Persons who live in contemporary
homes are surrounded by landscapes that have minimal vegetation. The
Mentalist nature of such a yard would requires the landscape designer to use
water to create a sense of fluid linkage between lines, angles, and radii that
punctuate the landscape.
play a very important role in contemporary landscaping because they
are often used to replace tall-growth vegetation as means of generating vertical
impact. Frequently here, they are built into very unique places, such as
beds of gravel, contemporary
rock gardens, or even as the centers of patios.
To create focus,
order, balance, and simultaneously generate drama all in a single form is not
easy for the amateur garden service company to accomplish, nor is it recommended
for the do-it-yourselfer.
There is little
point to buying anything pre-fabricated when it comes to outdoor water
features. These elements will not compliment true, professional
landscaping design, nor can they possibly work on any real artistic level with
the specifics of home architecture.
In order to get these elements to truly magnify the property, one must invest
in design expertise and professional masonry.
Such an investment
is never overspending. When one considers that any such investment is
going to instantly add attraction factor and curb appeal to the home, it becomes
self-evident that in the long run a financial return will be possible if the
home is sold.
If the home is not
sold, the sheer upgrade in outdoor living is inestimable in the emotional
sense. In either scenario, the universality of water ensures appeal to
residents, guests, and prospective new homeowners alike.
Lighting is not
only compatible with outdoor water features, but also highly recommended as a
partner element. The many different types of lights that one can install
in and around water allow for any feature built into the landscape to become
truly multi-dimensional at night.
For fountains and
waterfall, it adds the equivalent of a fourth dimension to the vertical
impact. For ponds and pools, it creates a sense of greater depth and safe
invitation to explore beyond the surface.