It’s summer. It’s hot. You wish you were floating down a river in an inner tube, but you aren’t. Even if the season’s got you stuck working your normal city routine, you can still come home to a little riverfront R & R with the help of a water feature. Imagine enjoying all the cooling and relaxing properties you love about a river, without those pesky mosquitoes.
WA Design Architects, original photo on Houzz
Tall and Statuesque
Architect Chris Parlette of WA Design brought that vacation feeling home with this custom three-tower structure.
How it works: It’s made of concrete that was poured onsite. Pipes are embedded within each of the three towers and connect to their respective copper spouts. Water drains into a 1½-inch pile of river rocks, creating a gentle splash. A copper pan underneath collects the water for recirculation by way of the feature’s single pump, located in the Cor-Ten steel box at the base. An indoor wall switch controls the fountain.
Cost: Though it’s difficult to put an exact price tag on this project because it was part of a larger backyard remodel, Parlette estimates a replica could be made for about $1,000 to $2,000.
The Todd Group, original photo on Houzz
How it works: Much like a custom fountain, a kit fountain has its accompanying water basin reserve hidden under the rocks.
Cost: A fountain of this size can run about $400 to $500.
California Waterscapes, original photo on Houzz
Dogs Love Water, Too
No dog can resist a day at the river. This feature from California Waterscapes comes as a kit that includes a choice of rocks.
Cost: The entire package costs about $650.
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, original photo on Houzz
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Water falleth from it. The backyard water experience doesn’t have to stop with a single water feature. Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture married a waterfall with a hot tub. Water generously flows into a thick pile of pebbles to delight the eyes and ears, even when the hot tub isn’t in use.
Bianchi Design, original photo on Houzz
A water feature runs through it. Water runs over the Cor-Ten-steel-edged, rock-filled pool custom created by Bianchi Design. The water flows down into a small channel filled with pebbles for a wonderfully cooling effect in the desert setting.
Alderwood Landscape Architecture and Construction, original photo on Houzz
A meditative stone. This natural-stone fountain, installed by Alderwood Landscaping, provides a quiet spot in the backyard for thinking or zoning out.