Beautiful landscaping design can go beyond hardscape features like retaining walls, walkways, and patios as well as softscape plants and trees. These days an increasing number of homeowners who are developing new landscaping concepts or upgrading their existing landscaping are interested in adding water features.
Of course, modern-day materials and improvements in landscaping techniques now allow for more creativity than ever when it comes to things like waterfalls and ponds.
In nature, waterfalls are prized for their beauty as well as their power. Many people will even take vacations to see a waterfall or include them as a necessary part of their trip. So, it’s no wonder that they are incredibly popular with homeowners who are looking to upgrade or install a new landscape concept.
Modern-day materials and installation techniques also make it easier and more affordable than ever for you to have a creative waterfall right in the comfort of your own backyard. Of course, the first step calls for an in-depth consultation with one or more members of CM’s’s design team. This step in the process will likely also require a basic site survey to assess things like the changes in your yard’s natural elevation, any existing landscape features, and the availability to utilities.
All this information will then be factored into the options our design team presents to you. Once a basic functional concept is in place, we can work with you to include any additional creative twists to ensure that waterfall meets your vision.
Material selection can vary from one waterfall design to the next. Most new construction waterfalls use a concrete base or underlying foundation. This provides your water feature with the kind of durability that will last for years without having to deal with the leaks that can be endemic with poly-lined water features. Concrete is also very versatile, allowing you to employ some very creative shapes in the cascade of drainage.
Fountains are also very popular inclusions with waterfall landscaping designs. They can be incorporated at the top of the waterfall and cascade into the drainage area, or at the holding pond at the base of the waterfall. These days fountain designs are as diverse as they are creative, and you will be spoiled for choice while looking for the just the right one.
Most natural ponds have a base layer of sediment which often has organic material, and the composition of the water can undergo potentially drastic changes throughout the year. Even if your property has a naturally existing pond, it may not be the best choice for a water feature, especially if you want to include a waterfall or an integrated fountain.
A manmade pond with a concrete base is far easier to maintain. Ponds like this can be used as a standalone water feature, or they can act as a reservoir for a fountain, or waterfall. This gives the pond functional as well as aesthetic appeal.
Standalone ponds are often designed to mimic nature, without all of the hassles of a living natural pond. At the same time, there are a great many people who are interested in adding a manmade pond to their landscaping concept to host fish and other aquatic animals. If you are interested in a pond like this, CM’s design team and other specialists can work with you to make sure it can accommodate all of the special needs.