Human beings and water have a natural affinity for one another. It’s no surprise when homeowners flock to buy aquatic landscape features. Today, we’re going to talk about water features for the home--those rich, gorgeous displays which create a beautiful flow in landscapes. Because, even though our primary business is swimming pool maintenance, we also maintain water features.
When it comes right down to it, the most exciting landscape features are those which combine natural beauty with 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.
Here in Arizona, a water feature is a counterbalance against the harsh climate. These elements offer a mental respite, even if it isn’t a feature in which one can swim. Some critics will argue that water features have no place in a region where water is a limited resource. However, since the water used in fountains is recycled, and the benefits offered by the evaporation to the surrounding area are worthy of consideration. As much as people 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 that should be noted is the sound benefits of running water.
Fountains are sometimes used as white noise to cover unpleasant sounds. White noise is extremely useful in covering up the sounds such as those of running A/C units. If a homeowner lives near a school, shooting range, train, or other noisy facilities, a fountain might be the perfect solution to cover up the unwanted sound.
Finally, one can’t help but appreciate the resale value of a property with a water feature. While landscaping is a critical feature to attract homebuyers, water features are perhaps the most attractive element, possibly even more than a swimming pool. Even a small water feature will make a home stand out to potential home buyers, who may not want the responsibility and cost of owning a pool, but who would be eager to enjoy the indulgence and serenity of a small fountain.