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Water Feature Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Sitting by a pool or listening to the sound of a stream can be quite calming. Water is not only essential for our survival and the survival of all life on this planet but also contributes a great deal to our sense of well-being. Adding a water feature to your outdoor space will not only take the ambiance of your yard to a whole new level but also help in creating your very own personal calming oasis. We at GMC Landscapes have had the pleasure of installing multiple water features for our clients. Below, we share some of our best water feature ideas to help you get started with ideas for your own.

Types of Water Features

There are a wide range of water features to consider for your yard. They can be broadly categorized as follows.


These are handmade features that are typically used for swimming. They come in a wide variety of sizes with a wide variety of features. They include spas, lap pools and plunge pools.


These can be natural or manmade. They are a body of standing water. They can be used for swimming or be simply decorative. Many people install ponds for aquatic plants and wildlife including frogs, fish and birds.

Streams or waterfalls

These bodies of moving water provide your landscape with not only a decorative feature but also the calming sound of running water.


These can be free-standing or part of a larger water feature. They can be powered by electricity or solar to help reduce your energy bills.

Bird Baths

These are beautiful water features that provide water from wildlife including birds and insects.

How to Choose The Right Water Feature for Your Yard

Are you ready to have a water feature installed in your yard? There are several factors to consider when choosing a water feature.

Size or Scale

How much space do you have available for your water feature? If you have a small yard, your space will be limited. You may want to consider small front yard fountain ideas for example. If you have a large yard, you can consider having a pool or a pond installed.


What is the primary purpose for installing the water feature? Are you looking to create a calming garden? A small fountain can provide a sense of serenity in your space. Are you interested in swimming or wildlife? A natural swimming pond will offer both.

Your Budget

It is important to consider your budget and choose a water feature that fits within it. Your budget will determine what type of materials, structures, plants and water features you choose.

Complexity of Installation

Will installation involve excavation? Will you need new pipework laid in your yard? This will affect your budget.


Choose a feature that you can maintain in the long term.

Design Considerations

  • Location

Where will your water feature go? Consider backyard water features such as pools and ponds if you have more space in your backyard for example.

  • Style

Choose a style of water feature that complements your landscape. For example, a bamboo fountain would add a zen touch to a minimal garden.

  • Access

Ensure that you can access the water feature for repairs and maintenance.

  • Sound

Choose a water feature that offers the right noise level for your yard. For example, the trickle of a small water fountain can be calming in a small backyard in a quiet suburban neighborhood.

  • Plants

Choose aquatic plants to help support wildlife and filter water.

  • Safety

Consider safety features especially for small pets and children. For example, install a fence around your pond or pool to avoid drowning accidents.

Consultation With a Landscape Designer

Do you want to create a calming oasis in your yard? If you’re looking for an expert team to help with Water features for a yard in Seattle contact GMC Landscapes and schedule your free consultation. We’d be happy to help.

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