Whether you’ve already installed a pool or you’re thinking about getting one, figuring out whether or not you want to add water features is an important decision. If you haven’t already put in your pool, you can save money by planning to incorporate water features into your pool’s structure right from the beginning. If you have an existing pool, however, there are still plenty of options for you to choose from.
We’ve already explored some of the many benefits which water features have to offer, such as helping you to relax mentally, boosting your mood, enhancing water playtime options for the kids, and even potentially increasing your level of creativity (see Parts 1 & 2). In this article, we’ll begin to explore some of the different types of features that are currently available. You can read the descriptions to decide which of these elements would best suit your unique needs.
Waterfalls Provide a Look of Natural Beauty
When you think of pool water features, one of the first that probably comes to mind is the waterfall and for good reason. Throughout history, waterfalls have been looked upon as scenes of mystique and tranquility. When you look at a brochure for a tropical paradise type of location, it will often include a picture of a waterfall. They’re some of the most popular tourist destinations for people who travel into natural areas.
So if you love waterfalls as much as most people do, why not bring this breathtaking water feature right onto your own property? There are a whole host of different artificial waterfall options to choose from for your backyard pool. Here is a list of some of the most popular design choices.
A grotto is a waterfall that conceals an area for seating. It could even lead to a spa. These can be designed in such a way that they mimic a grotto found in nature. With the right combination of plants and rock features, a grotto could be an ideal romantic or family gathering spot.
Slide and Waterfall Combination
This waterfall option incorporates fun and beauty together. Usually made using rock landscaping materials, these features are sure to get a smile from the kids as well as the adults.
Rock Waterfall with Vegetation
If you want to recreate the look of a waterfall in the woods, this could be the water element for you. A waterfall cascades gracefully from a rock wall that’s covered in moss or some kind of other natural foliage. The look this feature creates is absolutely stunning. It comes in a variety of different sizes. You can choose the one that would best match the size and shape of your pool.
Artificial Rock Waterfall
If you’d rather not go to the trouble of using heavy natural rocks to create the look of a rock waterfall for your pool, you could go with artificial rock. This option is more lightweight and also offers the advantage of customization. You can get it in just the right shape and position it in such a way that it will enhance the appearance of your whole yard. These artificial rock waterfalls are also ideal for combining with water slides.
Though waterfalls may seem like the ultimate in pool water features, there are actually plenty of other options out there. We’ll consider some of them in our next article.
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