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Water Features

1. A formal pool blends with the classical elements in this East Hamptons Estate.

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2. This kid-centric pool has a rope swing, slide, grotto with firepit, and lounge shelf.

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3. Estate on the beach features a view through the aquarium into pool and 24 ft water wall to display modern sculpture.

3. Estate on the beach features a view through the aquarium into pool and 24 ft water wall to display modern sculpture.

3. Estate on the beach features a view through the aquarium into pool and 24 ft water wall to display modern sculpture.

3. Estate on the beach features a view through the aquarium into pool and 24 ft water wall to display modern sculpture.

3. Estate on the beach features a view through the aquarium into pool and 24 ft water wall to display modern sculpture.

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4. Classic column arbor juxtaposed against a natural koi pond lagoon.

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5. Home with a "Lazy River".

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6. Modern spa with see-through wall.

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7. Classic architrave with water tunnel.

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8. Sheet waterfall into the spa on a vanishing edge pool.

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9. Traditional three-tier fountain.

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10. Acrylic wall at pool end. swim-up bar.

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11. Vanishing edge pool on canyon edge.

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Landscape architecture: Water features to give your garden the ‘wow’ factor

Water simultaneously evokes a sense of calm and movement, providing an aesthetic boost to your outdoor space like no other landscape design element. Water features in landscaping can bring balance, serenity, and a feeling of coolness to create textures, effects, and soothing sounds that are impossible to replicate with any other materials. 

Blending seamlessly with your landscaping or becoming beautiful focal points, water features add interest to your outdoor space while enhancing the existing architecture. The variety of design ideas to implement in your landscape can give it a formal, contemporary, rustic, or chic look. 

What’s more, backyard landscaping with water features can create a distinct Italian, Greek, Hawaiian, or Asian vibe and turn a dull, odd-shaped yard into your dream oasis. They can also set the tone for a relaxed style and a space that feels fresh and inviting without trying too hard to look specifically Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish, or Japanese.

Backyard landscaping water features to tie your space together

A custom water feature can set a tropical mood, create a beach resort feel, or turn an awkward corner into a secluded garden retreat. Water features and landscape architecture can work wonders when it comes to offering a respite from the heat, a relaxing lounging zone, and even visually cooling down the area in summer.  

If you have limited space that can’t fit a pool to dip your toes into, a small pond or waterfall will give the effect of tranquility and peace, with the sound of water washing away daily stresses. Landscaping fountains and waterfalls or areas with streams can make smaller yards feel more expansive by creating continuity or blurring the property line. As they visually recede or blend into the surrounding landscape, such design elements can do the trick even if you have a small or odd-shaped area to work with.

Water feature landscaping near me: Why hire a pro

The potential of custom water features is immense – from adding just a few elements that remind you of your favorite places to transforming your backyard into an exotic holiday destination. Here’s what can be incorporated into your outdoor space for amazing results:

  • Pool with outdoor lighting 
  • Meandering pool
  • Waterfall landscaping
  • Natural-looking stream
  • Trickling, cascading, or bubbling fountains
  • Fountains set into garden walls
  • Waterfall going into the pond
  • Combination of water features 

What’s your idea of an ultimate outdoor retreat? Would you like it to have a more natural, organic look or to feel transported to a poolside resort or tropical lagoon without leaving home? There are plenty of water features landscaping ideas, but adapting these to your landscape and climate is critical. 

Mark Scott Associates Inc. has an extensive portfolio of water feature projects that illustrate the professionalism of our team. Years of experience ensure we always offer solutions that work best for the overall site you want to be turned into your dream outdoor space.