Adding Water Features During Remodeling
Landscaping and water have a natural affinity for one another. It’s no surprise when homeowners ask for ponds, pools, and waterfalls as part of a renovation. Water features in the outdoors--those rich, breathtaking features which create a beautiful flow in landscapes--are highly popular.
When it comes right down to it, the most exciting landscape features are those which include the beauty of water elements: fountains, waterfalls, ponds, and pools. The primary value of these water features is aesthetic. People naturally gravitate toward water features in any form, but moving water is particularly appealing. It makes a gorgeous focal point in any yard and stunning when the remodel includes windows, adding a water feature can bring the whole scheme together.
Homeowners who decide to put in a patio or a deck can include a water element as one of the features, which will make the immediate vicinity into an oasis. A waterfall and pond combo is the most popular combination, but a waterfall/stream combination works if there is only a long, narrow area in which to work.
Here in Arizona, a water feature is a counterbalance to the harsh climate. It offers a mental respite, even if it isn’t a feature in which you can swim. Some critics will argue that water features have no place in a region where water is a limited resource; however, it can we respectfully offer that the water used in fountains is recycled, and the benefits provided by the evaporation to the surrounding area are worthy of consideration. As much as we love water features for their own merits, these other benefits should be taken into account.
For one thing, moving water on the north side of a building or in an enclosed area such as a courtyard will create a cooling effect in the immediate vicinity. In our hot, dry climate, even a few degrees difference can bring great comfort. Nearby plants will also benefit. Another consideration is the sound benefits of running water. Fountains are sometimes used as white noise to cover unpleasant sounds. White noise is instrumental in covering up the sounds, for example, A/C units. If a homeowner lives near a school, shooting range, train, or other noisy facilities, a fountain might be the perfect solution.
Last, one can’t help but appreciate the resale value of a property with a water feature. While landscaping is a critical feature to attract home buyers, swimming pools, unfortunately, not so much. Nonetheless, even a small water feature will make a home stand out to potential home buyers, who may not want the hassle of owning a pool, but who would be eager to enjoy the indulgence and serenity of a fountain, pond, or stream.
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