Thursday, March 27, 2014

Amazing Suburban Backyard Transformed with Water Features

Some people love water features and others are downright passionate about them. The owner of this suburban Chicago residence wanted something grand and peaceful in his backyard, all at the same time. The typical suburban expanse of grass with a patio or deck has been completely transformed into an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of city life.

 Taking center stage is a beautiful ecosystem fish pond with waterlilies and lush landscape.


From this angle, you can see that the pond comes right up to the stone patio, as opposed to being tucked in a corner of the yard where it can't be fully appreciated.


A close-up view reveals an aged appearance to the waterfalls, even though this water feature is brand new.


A stone bridge traverses the pond, beckoning visitors to explore more of this backyard paradise.


Another view of the back of the house shows the expanse of the pond.


A simple stone path winds its way throughout the landscape, revealing plants and water features at every bend ...


... like this re-circulating pondless waterfall. A sub-surface reservoir holds water that is repeatedly turned over the falls, conserving on the use of water in the landscape.


A rustic tree-type pergola provides shade on hot summer days.


An amazing stone bar creates a strategic view of this oasis, while the pooled water at one end constantly flows into the water feature itself. Who wouldn't want to entertain out here?


Speaking of views ... this rustic waterfall can be seen right outside the office window located in the home's lower level. Once again, the water is stored in a buried basin and continually recirculates over the falls.


It's hard to believe this amazing waterscape is located just west of Chicago!

Watch the video to see the entire backyard:


(Water features installed by Aquascape)







Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rustic Waterfalls Add Drama to a Landscape

Most people who want water in their landscape choose the sound of a waterfall as the number one choice for their desire. Backyard rustic waterfalls can take the shape of small, babbling brooks or loud, thunderous falls. Rock choice makes a big difference in the appearance of your waterfall, and many homeowners choose a rustic appearance for their water feature.

Cool, dark rocks create an air of intrigue and mystery to this suburban backyard water feature. Note how the water is divided between the crags of the rock as it flows downstream.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Boring Backyard is Transformed with Refreshing Pond and Waterfalls

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. April is a great month to consider what changes you'd like to make in your backyard. Since we love water features, we can't think of a better way to add beauty and interest to your outdoor living space than with some type of running water. Here's an example of how a boring expanse of grass became a gorgeous oasis in the suburbs of Chicago.

This landscape used to be all lawn and no pizzazz. Now, the homeowner can sit by their watery paradise on a  rustic bench. A variety of plants helps to blend the pond into the surrounding landscape.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Beautiful Ponds and Waterfalls for Backyard Living

More and more people are sprucing up their backyards to create outdoor living environments where they can relax, de-stress, and entertain friends and family. We took a virtual trip across the country, compliments of Houzz, looking for gorgeous ponds and waterfalls to share with you.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Beauty of an Autumn Pond

Are we really into the month of November already? It seems like August was just yesterday when the waterlilies and lotus were blooming heartily in the water garden. Despite the fading blooms, water gardens still look beautiful during the cooler days of autumn.

This beautiful home is graced with a pond and stream at its entrance.

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