When adding a backyard water feature, it is important to place it in a location where it will give you the most enjoyment. An ideal place is near the deck or patio. You can open your windows and listen to the waterfall from inside your home. This pond shown below, in Moorestown, NJ, is just outside the front door of the home in a fenced-in courtyard area. It provides a lovely, secluded retreat from the sounds of neighboring condos.
When designing a backyard pond, waterfall, or stream, adding a bridge or some stepping stones is a fun way to reach other viewing areas of the pond. You'll enjoy getting close to the water and seeing it from a new perspective. You can even create a meditation island with cushions and candles. The options are as unlimited as our imaginations!
Sometimes all an outdoor living area needs is a simple bench or chair where you can relax and enjoy the view of the water. We always try to include a variety of landscape plants that will soften the edges of the pond or waterfall and help it to blend in with the rest of the yard.
The juxtaposition of fire and water together in the same landscape is a powerful combination. Consider locating your fire pit near your water feature to create a vital space for experiencing these fundamental elements of nature.
Just about everyone we know with their own pond or waterfall has a love of dining and entertaining near the water. Enjoying a meal with loved ones next to a gorgeous water feature... it's like treating your friends and family to a luxurious day retreat!