Whether you want to add a touch of elegance, a bit of nature, or if you just love the soothing sounds of water, outdoor water features can be a perfect touch for your space. Here’s a look at the different types and what it takes to install them.
For an organic look, these features can be built to flow with your existing landscape and can be a home for plants and wildlife. They are normally excavated from the ground and given a liner and a pump to keep the water clean.
- The shape and look is completely customizable
- They can appear as if they were naturally occurring
- They require some level of excavation, which may need specialty equipment
- Liners can rip or get punctured
- Pumps can sometimes fail, requiring maintenance
These elegant features provide the sound of trickling water and can become a focal point for your outdoor space. They are normally built where the water slowly flows down and is pumped back up from the reservoir.
- They are very customizable as they can be made from a variety of materials to match your space
- They can be built on an existing wall or as a new freestanding feature
- Lighting can be added to create whatever mood you wish
- They require a filter that needs to be changed
- They periodically break down and maintenance can be costly
Scuppers and Sconces
If you’re installing a pool, these features add visual interest and are a great way to cool off.
A sconce is a small decorative piece that provides a small trickle of water. Multiples are often used together to create a bigger effect.
A scupper is a feature that brings water from one section of a pool to another. For example, it can bring water from the spa into the main pool area.
- They add an elegant look and sound
- There are many design options, including lighting to accentuate the feature
- Scuppers can be expensive
- They make pool construction a little more complicated and add time
Whether you want big and bold or a slow, soothing trickle, a fountain delivers the sights and sounds of flowing water. These features can be a part of pools or ponds, or can be added as their own freestanding element. Similar to waterfalls, they use a pump that feeds water from a reservoir back to the top of the feature. How high they spray or flow over is up to you.
- They can fit any design style from natural to more high end
- There are many pump sizes to fit whatever scale you need
- They can accompany other water features such as bubblers and sconces
- Filter changing and cleaning makes them difficult to maintain
- Maintenance can become expensive
Give one of our outdoor-living specialists a call at 281-265-1994 in Houston or 972-915-2727 in Dallas/Fort Worth and we can help help you plan your perfect backyard space.