Thursday, June 26, 2014

Who Doesn't Want the Perfect Backyard?

When I think of the perfect backyard, something like this one comes to mind. It has a little of everything ... patios, fire pit, plantings, stone pathway, and of course, a pond and waterfall! The design is flawless as one area leads to the next, beckoning you to stay outdoors longer.

An etched stone says "Sanctuary" and truly it is ... for humans and critters alike!

A mossy waterfall not only provides beauty but adds soothing sounds.

Not only can these homeowners enjoy a fire but can also listen to the sounds of the waterfalls in
the background as they relax on their patio.  

Your meal or beverage tastes that much better while enjoying it at a pondside bar. 
Guests will certainly feel welcome and inspired here!

Stepping stones descend from the patio in the background, winding their way to the lower level, inviting visitors to explore the twists and turns of the stream and waterfalls.

A stone bridge creates a place to sit and dangle your feet in the water.

Plantings soften the rock while large outcroppings provide a place to sit.
Shallow pockets of water entice birds to come bathe.

When you think of the perfect outdoor living space, what do you envision?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How a Chicago Suburbanite Transformed their Backyard with Water

Some people are just avid gardeners and have a green thumb. And then there are those who love water in the landscape and wear a blue thumb! Such is the case for this suburban Chicago homeowner who filled his landscape with waterfalls, fountains, and a pond.

An ecosystem pond can be low-maintenance if you include fish and aquatic plants to help balance the water quality.

A beautiful waterfall helps to aerate the pond and drown out nearby traffic noise.

A wooden bridge invites you to explore further.

A stacked slate fountain urn becomes architecture in the garden.

A group of basalt columns take center stage in this lush garden.

*Water feature installed by Aquascape Designs.*

Friday, May 23, 2014

How a Pondless Waterfall Created an Outdoor Retreat

Newlyweds living in the suburbs of Chicago yearned for an entire backyard makeover after moving into their first home together. The landscape was typical of most homes in the area ... a patio with an expanse of grass. The couple added a fence to the yard but didn't realize their dreams of an outdoor retreat until the addition of a beautiful Pondless Waterfall!

A Pondless Waterfall is basically a waterfall without a pond.
The couple's new waterfall hugs the patio so that it can be enjoyed up close and personal.

By using rocks of various shapes and sizes, the waterfall appears as though it has always been there.

Moss covered rocks lend an aged appearance to the water feature.

Proper biological filtration ensures the water stays clean and clear.
The couple enjoys listening to the soothing sound of running water in their landscape.

A Patio Pond with aquatic plants was cleverly added to the edge of the waterfall's stream.

The couple's Pondless Waterfall provides a refreshing background while enjoying summer days out on the patio. Instead of watching the grass grow, they now enjoy the beauty and sound of running water!

*Water feature installed by Aquascape Designs.*

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.
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