How to Choose the Right Water Feature for Your Project


Whether you’re building a new house, renovating a shared space in a commercial property, or upgrading an outdoor space, a new water feature can truly lift the look and feel of your space, as well as adding extra functionality and interest. Water features come in all shapes and sizes, so there are a few key steps to choosing the right one. Start by defining your budget and purpose, and then consider the types of options that are available.

Sticking to your budget

Budget is likely an important factor to consider when you’re choosing the right water feature. Start by having a general budget limit in mind as you explore your options, and don’t forget to include extra costs such as installation, electrical work, and maintenance.

You will also want to factor in costs such as plants, fish, and protective covers. Once you have a budget range in mind, you can start shortlisting possible designs, materials, and options.

Think about the purpose of the water feature

As you narrow down your options, consider what it is you want your water feature to achieve. Water features can be used to create the impression of more space, and the sound of moving water can help drown out the sound of traffic. Aquatic plants, such as lilies, also have their own beauty and charm.

Whether you’re looking to add a space of relaxation and calm, extra interest and beauty, or create a tropical water-plant area in your garden, be certain about your purpose, so you can find the right type of feature to achieve your goals.

How much space do you have?

Where will you be installing your water feature, and how much space do you have for the feature itself? At this stage, it can be helpful to draw a rough design to scale, so you can allow for extras such as brick or stone borders, plants, and even safety gates that go around the water feature.

Consider also the purpose of your water feature as you allocate space to it. For example, if you’re setting up this water feature to allow people to sit around it and enjoy the flowing water, you’ll want to allow sufficient space for benches and other seating elements.

Types of water features available

When it comes to water features for the home or workplace, there are numerous options to choose from. Your new water-feature project can be as simple as a free-standing fountain, or as complex as a water wall or large pond complete with fish. You can purchase economical pond kits, or have your water feature designed and built from scratch. If you decide to build from scratch, it’s important to choose high quality materials that will ensure your water feature lasts, such as a top of the line waterproofing solution. The Wolfin and Cosmofin membranes from Projex Group would be the perfect option for waterproofing your water feature and making sure it stays secure.

Water features can be built above or in-ground, and they can be still or moving. Those with moving water can add extra interest to your garden or space.

Water features can be further categorised as being rocky, zen and minimalist, tropical, native naturalistic, and so on. Your water feature can be the centrepiece in a space or be a complementary point of interest in a courtyard, garden, or other outdoor space.

Other considerationsinclude:

  • Style – The colours, design, and overall style of your water feature can help it go a long way in matching the design of your home, workplace, or other space.
  • Size – The size of your water feature is a core consideration. How much space do you have, and how much of this space do you want your water feature to take up?
  • Materials – Choose from a huge range of materials, including cast stone, cast aluminium, and fibre stone.
  • Wiring – Moving water features need to have wiring and electricity or solar power to work the circulating pump(s).
  • Maintenance – You’ll need to maintain your water feature by cleaning it out regularly and placing plants and damaged bricks or stones as necessary.

Playing around with the style

Water features come in a myriad of styles and designs, but these aresome of the basic design options you can consider.

  • Container – Container water features are economical and easy to install, providing you with many colour and size options.
  • Fountains – Fountain-style water features can be traditional fountains, in-pond designs, or innovative options such as wall fountains, decorative faucets, or rock-based fountains.
  • Pondless designs – Use boulders, rocks, bricks, stones, and other materials to create a water feature that does not have a central pond or water mass. These are easy to maintain and can introduce a strong aesthetic impact to your space while being space efficient.
  • Reflection pools – For a cooling, calming touch to your space, install a reflection pool that uses a gently circulating, almost invisible pump rather than flowing water. Add water plants and fish for a tranquil, Asian-garden style water feature.
  • Functional – Your water feature can be entirely functional, such as a pool or a hot tub, both of which can add a luxurious feel to your space.

Consider the surrounding landscape

It’s important to also review the landscape features in the space you’ve allocated for the water feature. Does it provide sufficient sunlight to the water plants? Is it flat or sufficiently sloping for the type of water feature you’re installing? Are there large trees nearby that could affect the amount of sunlight the pond or fountain will receive?

Shaping your borders

Consider adding borders that help your water feature blend right into the surrounding area. For example, a pond surrounded by bricks can look wonderful in minimalist gardens. Ponds bordered with rock and plants can look completely natural in a garden. On the other hand, you can set off your water feature with colour borders, and create contrast between the natural and artificial elements in your space.

Regulations and permits

Check with your council and other local authorities to find out whether you need a permit to build your water feature. Larger water features, such as swimming pools, may require a permit grant before you can proceed.

Safety for children

Find out about any applicable regulations and laws that apply to safety measures for your water feature. For example, a new swimming pool will usually need to have gates and self-locking doors installed with it. For ponds that don’t require gates, consider using protective covers if you have small children on the property.

Choosing the perfect water feature doesn’t have to be hard

Whether it’s for a commercial or residential space, water features can add tranquillity, calm, and beauty to your outdoor spaces. Given that options are available for all budgets and there are water features to suit all space requirements, there’s no reason not to add a water feature to turn a mundane space into a functional and aesthetically pleasing one.