Our gardens are our havens.
Our own personal Eden’s, and without them we wouldn’t have an outdoor retreat where we can escape from the busyness and stress of daily life and find inner calm.
In fact, our gardens are often one of the things that we value most in a home, and a house that does not have one is often less desirable. Water features are actually quite a popular choice in gardens, and they can really add to the overall ambience. But can they actually add any value or your home?
We’re here to take you through all of the details with regards to what water features are and whether or not they are actually worth the investment.
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What is a Water Feature?
The first and most important question; what is a water feature? Well, it is essentially something you have installed in your garden that is visually pleasing and offers your garden a better appearance, but also brings you some joy and relaxation. It may even attract birds to your garden, depending on the feature, to bring nature a little closer to you.
They come in a whole range of shapes and sizes, as well as many different types. They can be quite versatile and customisable, which is part of the reason why so many people are drawn to them. The only real downside to them is that they need to be maintained and looked after throughout their life, but the calm they bring is often worth it.
Why are They So Appealing?
What makes water features such a desirable addition to the garden though? A lot of it is because they can be so relaxing. Listening to the water as it runs, watching the fish in the pond as they swim around. Little things like this can be the perfect distraction from real life, allowing you to de-stress and take a moment to relax. We all need this kind of escape, and the garden can be the ideal way to take your mind off it for a little while.
Features that have running water can also drown out the sound of traffic and noise in your local community. It gives you the chance to block out your surroundings so that you can pretend you are somewhere else for just a little while. Reconnecting with nature and the world around you can leave your mind clearer than it was before and offer some fresh perspective. Not to mention how visually pleasing so many water features are.
The great thing is that you can go big or small with water features, and this is part of the appeal. You can have a massive pond or swimming pool in part of your garden and allow the rest to be covered in trees and maintained grass. Or, you can have a small fountain in the centre of the garden with a little bistro table to the side. The possibilities are endless, and there is so much flexibility for a whole range of garden types and sizes.
What Types of Water Feature are Available?
So, what options do we have for creating a garden water feature?
These are no longer the most popular form of water feature, which is surprising as they held the crown for so long. However, they can be difficult to maintain as well as a safety risk for kids and pets – hence their demotion. Ponds do look wonderful though, and while they may not be top anymore, you can still expect them to add some value. Just remember that it should never take up too much of the garden or it becomes invasive as opposed to relaxing. They are really easy to install.
These add fun and aesthetics to a garden, and it can be a great way to cool down in the summer months. They are quite a popular choice for homeowners, and are becoming more widespread. While there are plenty of above-ground pools out there that you can buy, you’ll need one that has been dug out and professionally created if you want to see any kind of increase for the value of your home. Installation is moderate, and they can cost a fair amount to build.
People love waterfalls, and these are such a peaceful addition to the garden. They come in a number of sizes that depend on the kind of space you have available as well as the funds you have. Regardless of the size of your waterfall, they really do make you feel a lot more chill than before, and they may even act as your gateway to a tropical escape from the comfort of your home. The difficulty of installation really depends on the type of waterfall you choose.
These are the most sought-after form of water feature at the moment. They come in a range of sizes, are easy to maintain, and they can really add to the aesthetic appeal of the garden area. May fountains are really quite stunning, and it’s easy to see why more and more people want them in their gardens. Installing them is so easy that you could probably do it yourself.
Japanese deer scarer
There should be more of these in the world, and we will always stand by that. If you decide to get one of these in your garden, we strongly recommend constructing a zen garden around it. While traditionally used to keep deer away, they have also become the perfect tool for meditation and trying to reach a calm state of mind. It is certainly the most tranquil and relaxing form of water feature. Installing and setting it up is actually easier than it looks too.
The Cost and Return
This is an important part, the cost and return that a water feature brings. In terms of price, it really does vary. It could end up costing you as little as £100 for a small fountain, or go anywhere up to £10,000 for something really extravagant. It depends on the size of the feature, what the feature is, and any additional installation work that needs to be done. The best advice is to call up local landscapers to get a good idea of what they will charge for the feature to be put in.
What about the return? Well, the average return for garden features is around £2,000. However, you also need to remember that a well-maintained and loved garden can add an extra £60,000 to the value. So really, combining the two together is the best way to maximise your chances of getting more money for your home. The financial gain is great, but it’s not all about that financial side of things.
There are emotional gains to having water features as well. Of course, there is the impact on your state of mind and overall feeling of calm. This is a big plus, but you also need to consider the fact that the whole family can enjoy the feature. Kids, grandparents, aunts and uncles – all of you can gather around the water feature and just enjoy each other’s company.
What Kind of Work Goes into a Water Feature?
The first thing you need to do when preparing for a water feature is actually plan where it is going to go. What kind of space do you have to work with? Will the size of the feature restrict the remaining space in the garden or add to it? Is something like a pond going to be overpowering, or would a small fountain be better? Questions like these are vital for the planning stage.
Once you have planned the feature you want, you then need to look at how much it will cost to have it installed. Is it a job you can do yourself, or would it be better to get the professionals out? We always prefer the latter as it means the work is going to be done well. After you have weighed up the costs and whether or not it is worth it, you then need to take the maintenance into consideration.
Your feature is going to need to be cared for and maintained over the course of its life. Do you have the time, willpower, and money to commit to that? If you do not look after your water feature, it could end up detracting from the value of your home. It’s a commitment that you make from the moment of installation, and you need to make sure you are ready for it.
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Are They Worth it?
Water features can put a few thousand extra on the asking price of your home, and people will gladly pay it because we all love a beautiful and relaxing garden. The only thing is, you need to be willing to put the work in otherwise the whole thing is wasted.
Maintenance is the key to success, and without it your water feature is meaningless.
Of course, there are some that would argue this and feel as though water features are nothing more than extra hassle and expense for the new buyer. In many ways, it comes down to personal preference, but overall you can expect to see a small but decent increase in your garden value.