What is a Water Feature
A water feature is a design element in landscaping or architecture that involves water, such as a fountain, pond, pool, waterfall, or stream. It is used for aesthetic and/or practical purposes, such as adding visual interest, creating a calming sound, or attracting wildlife.
What Styles do Water Features come in
can range from simple tabletop fountains to large ornate structures that shoot water into the air
can be natural-looking or geometric and can be used for fishing, swimming, or growing aquatic plants
can be man-made or natural and can range from small cascading streams to large, multi-tiered structures
can be used to create a natural-looking water feature in a garden or outdoor space
are shallow pools of water used to reflect surrounding scenery or architectural elements
are fountains that produce bubbles instead of water jets
are fountains that are mounted on a wall, adding visual interest to an outdoor or indoor space.
These are just a few examples, and the styles can vary greatly depending on the design and setting of the water feature.
How long does it take to put a Water Feature together?
The time it takes to put together a water feature can vary greatly depending on the size, complexity, and style of the water feature, as well as the location and the existing landscape. A small tabletop fountain can take just a few hours to assemble and set up, while a large, elaborate fountain or pond system can take several days or even weeks to complete. The installation process can also be impacted by weather conditions, access to the site, and the availability of materials and equipment. Additionally, if the water feature requires plumbing, electrical, or other specialized work, it may take longer to complete. It is best to consult with a professional to determine a more accurate timeline for your specific water feature project.
How much does a Water Feature cost?
Size and complexity
larger, more elaborate water features will generally cost more than smaller, simpler ones
the type of materials used for the construction of the water feature will impact the cost, with some materials, such as natural stone or copper, being more expensive than others, such as concrete or plastic
the cost of installation will depend on the size of the water feature and the complexity of the project, as well as any additional costs for plumbing, electrical work, or excavation
the cost of a water feature can be impacted by the location, with prices potentially being higher in urban areas due to higher labor costs
A small tabletop fountain can cost anywhere from $50 to $500, while a large, elaborate pond or waterfall system can cost several thousand dollars or more. To get a more accurate estimate, it is best to consult with one of our PHI3 contractors.
There are many types fountains to choose from. The possibilities are almost endless. There are garden fountains, spouting fountains, and Japanese style fountains, waterpots, and spigots. There are wall fountains for limited space, and cascading fountains which can be purchased as a unit, or hand built. If building a full outdoor living space, incorporating a wall fountain into a landscape wall would be an option. Or for limited space, look at a rain fountain.
You have options when including a waterfall into your backyard living space. Choose from a pondless waterfall for a home with young children or limited yard space, or a multistep waterfall that offers a series of waterfalls in one feature rather than one big one. Other options are the often used cascading waterfall, the low noise and limited space option of the waterwall, and finally a rain curtain which is also great for a limited space back yard that still begs for a water feature.
Landscape Streams work well on almost any property, whether you have a slight pitch, wind around a hill, or even a flat and level yard. A closed loop system with an underground reservoir makes sure you aren’t replenishing the stream. And the design ideas are endless, flow around a garden path, border a sitting area with a fire feature, or end in a Koi pond.
A water garden certainly has an aesthetic appeal and will add beauty to any outdoor space, as they don’t need to be overly large, but can be upscaled if you have the room. One advantage is the unique vegetation you can plant, including floating plants, oxygenating plants, marginal plants which grow at the waters edge, and bog plants.
If limited on space or HOA rules, a good option could be a raised pond. They install quick, look great, and can be disassembled if you won't stay in your current home that long. Additionally, they can be installed as partially raised, so part of the pond is below grade or surrounded by earth, keeping the water more stable if you decide to have fish in your pond.
A bird bath is a fantastic option if you have limited space. Even if you already have a water feature a bird bath is a great feature to add. Birds need clean water for drinking and bathing, and having this feature in your outdoor space will help attract birds you don't normally see in your yard if you have bird feeders. Also, if you install the fountain type of bird bath, you now have a dual purpose water feature that both calms people and provides a benefit to the wildlife around your property.