The Latest Trends in Water Features

Water is a soothing natural element that can add comfort and ambiance to any outdoor space. Whether it’s a pond, fountain, waterfall or bubbling rock, continue to be a popular design element for outdoor living spaces. As this practice continues to evolve, and contemporary design preferences are definitely influencing the trends.

Water Feature Technology Trends

Smart Features

More and more homes are becoming integrated with smart- technology, and this is making its way into outdoor living spaces. One of the hottest trends is to incorporate “smart” technology into water features so that homeowners can use a smartphone app, Alexa or Google Home device to turn the feature on or off.

Solar Technology

Utilizing solar technology for a water feature offers multiple benefits. Not only does it eliminate the ongoing costs of to power the water feature pump, but also eliminates the need to run electrical utilities to the water feature. This is especially helpful when installing a water feature to an existing outdoor living space. Retrofitting an existing space with electrical wiring can be a costly endeavor.

Water Feature with Lighting Technology

Water Feature Lighting

Adding lighting to a water feature enhances the ambiance and also allows the feature to be viewed at night. For ponds and brook-like features, it’s popular to include lighting under the water or shining towards the water. For features that include a waterfall, incorporating an LED light into the waterfall itself adds an ethereal quality. It’s also popular to affix low voltage hardscape lighting to exterior walls of water features.

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Water Feature Design Trends

Interactive Fountains

Interactive fountains are not only beautiful, they are a great -friendly  design element. These types of water features can either be designed with a water- permeable paver system, or by adding a drain system to standard pavers.

 

Fire & Water

There’s just something primal about juxtaposing the natural elements of fire and water that appeals to humans at an instinctual level. As the fire pit and outdoor fireplace trends continue to grow, so does the trend to incorporate a nearby water feature.

Brighton™ Series Fireplace and Waterfall Feature
Weston Stone® Wall Outdoor Hardscapes
Highland Stone and Weston Stone® Wall with Water Fall Feature
Bristol™ Series Fireplace and Celtik Wall Fireplace and Water Feature
Belgard Elements™ Fireplace and Water Element

 

Pondless Waterfalls

A pondless waterfall is simply a recirculating waterfall or stream without the presence of a pond. The water typically disappears into a basin or a bed of gravel to recirculate into the water feature. Trends in this style of water feature range from natural stone streams to wall fountains and contemporary stand-alone structures.

Weston Stone® Outdoor Patio Waterfall
Allan Block® Outdoor Waterfall Feature

 

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