Your outdoor space should be an oasis of calm and peace. It can be a retreat from your stressful and busy life.
You already have the landscaping done, and the ubiquitous rattan furniture so it seems perfect already.
What about water? Shouldn’t such a tranquil space have some water fixture there to add to the calmness?
It is almost always a good idea to have outdoor water features to add to the ambiance and also create a harmonious space to enjoy. But, there are upsides and downsides.
Let’s explore each and see if you think you should have a water fountain or some other feature in your yard.
Pros of water features
White noise – The sound of a burbling brook or the waves gently crashing against the shore is an ideal way to cancel out other, more jarring sounds. To really get into a meditative state while enjoying your outdoor space, then the water fountain will do that by adding that gentle and positive noise.
If you live in an area that is urban and loud, then that can add a lot of stress to your life. We are programmed to feel threatened by sudden noises and outbrain gets exhausted by all that noise. White noise will help keep you calm and in a better mood.
Focus – When done right, a water feature can become the focus of your outdoor space. It can be where the eye is drawn and add to the ambiance of the area. It can also be where the gathering is done. If you put it in a shady spot, people will instinctively gather there making it the meeting spot for your guests.
You can incorporate this into any area like the pool or even the barbecue area to take full advantage of the sounds of the water.
Beauty – Moving water not only sounds nice, but it also looks beautiful, too. If you feel like your patio or yard is lacking something aesthetically, then the perfect solution is a water fountain or fish pond.
There are so many different types of these fixtures that you can find one that suits every taste and complements ever decor.
Maintenance – How much you need to do to take care of your water fixture depends on what type it is. Keeping the water clear from debris is ongoing. And you will need to replace or repair water pumps on occasion. Some fixtures are like mini pools that need to have chlorine added to keep algae from forming.
If you have a fish pond, you need to be feeding the fish and keeping the water clean without hurting the fish with chemicals.
Expense – Most water features will be very low cost to maintain after the initial cost of buying and installing it. Some, however, can get pricey if you need to be replacing pumps, filters and plumbing. Make sure you understand the ongoing costs before you settle on the type of fountain you think is best.