4 Popular Water Feature Trends for 2023

Posted January 26, 2023 in Blog, Design/Build, General, Pool, Videos, Water Feature

Water features have always been a popular addition when investing in a new backyard. Especially if you’re looking to naturally add sound that will provide a relaxing atmosphere, texture that will allow you to escape, and movement to your landscape design while helping you create a more natural oasis.

Unfortunately, most people get stuck thinking that a new swimming pool is the only option. But, the reality is that options range from hot tubs, stand-alone fountains, wall fountains, or a custom water feature. However, with so many options, we get how selecting the right one for your backyard can be a challenge.

Use this guide to outdoor water features to determine the best type for your yard:

  • Swimming pool 

Imagine waking up on a cloudless, warm, sunny day where the coffee is already made, the kids are ready to run outside to their personal playground, and the sunshine is glistening off of the rippling water of your new inground swimming pool; sounds like an absolutely perfect summer day! Unfortunately, pool contractors nationwide are still facing some supply chain issues, work delays, and backlog from last season. So there are a lot of homeowners stuck on a waitlist when it comes to building a new pool in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

When making the commitment to pursue a new inground swimming pool for your home, it is vital to collaborate with the right partner that considers the whole space, not just the pool, and then you are left to worry about the rest of the space afterward. When choosing the water feature first and “the rest” second, you may be met with long design lead times, time waiting for permits to clear, and then first come first serve construction timing. This is why it’s essential to work with a partner who can help you select the right features, develop your plans, and help you plan for the space as a whole. By taking the extra time to plan ahead you will be sure that each step of your build is properly planned for and executed so you aren’t stuck wasting money fixing issues or re-doing steps down the road.

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  • Custom Water Feature

A custom water feature can make a statement and establish a unique aesthetic in your backyard. When it comes to style options for custom water features, the list is practically endless. But you’ll want to make sure the material you select for your custom water feature matches the overall vibe of your space and the existing architecture of your home. If not, your new custom water feature could look and feel out of place.

An extremely unique material to use for custom outdoor water features is corten steel. This is because corten steel is incredibly strong and durable. Corten steel requires no maintenance when done the right way. Periodic cleaning and inspection should be the only maintenance required when using corten steel for a custom water feature. The warm rich, rust finish blends well with most architecture; something not usually associated with metal. So typical corten steel naturally compliments the look and feel of most spaces.

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  • Wall Water Features 

Don’t have enough space for a fountain but love the idea of running water in your new outdoor living space? A water wall is a perfect option. It could divide your new space into zones or add a dramatic accent to your new outdoor living space. But if you don’t select the right location for your water wall it could just be in the way.

The best place to install a water wall is in the north direction of your home. You will also want to make sure the surrounding area doesn’t get direct sun 24/7. A fountain located in the direct sun surrounded by concrete won’t provide sufficient cooling effects in the way that one located in a shaded area would.

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  • Natural swimming pool 

If you have ever experienced a pool with a strong chemical smell, you might be wondering if a chemical-free swimming pool would be a better option for your home and family. Since natural pools do not need chemical filtration or pH balancing, design and installation are very sensitive and detail-oriented processes. This is why it is important to partner with a professional that has experience building natural pools.

When choosing a location for your natural swimming pool be sure to choose somewhere with plenty of shade. Algae tend to thrive in direct sunlight, so a sunny location could make the natural filtration system work much harder than it needs to.

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Whether it’s a simple fountain, an elaborate waterfall, or an entire inground swimming pool, including a water feature is an ideal way to make your new space tranquil, relaxing, and inviting. The right water feature can help increase your energy and focus while reducing stress and depression. But, we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

Let us eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley. We have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to make your unique transformation journey stress-free. Our award-winning design/build process will make sure you never need to communicate with your HOA and township or deal with the hassle of obtaining building permits, engineering, scheduling, or inspections. We will handle all the heavy lifting when it comes to designing & building your new outdoor living space so you can enjoy watching it come to life and feel completely confident you will be proud of your investment.

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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