As the long summer days stretch into warm summer nights, one thought keeps returning: How wonderful it is to have access to cool running water. Showing off your beautiful water feature is part of a properly landscaped home, and if you can really WOW people, you should. Here are a few of my favorites, just for fun!
Indoor Pool That Continues Outdoors
If you can’t decide whether to have an indoor or an outdoor pool, why not have both? This pool begins inside, where it’s covered and heated, passes through a transitional patio space, then into the outdoor sun. The indoor pool-end can even be closed off with glass panels, revealing the beautiful view while holding in the heat on chilly days.
Lagoons, Waterfalls and a Zen Wading Pool
Not only does this custom pool installation in Parrish, Florida feature a Zen wading pool and relaxation area, but there are two rock waterfalls, a fire pit, a hanging garden and large grotto, and a beach pebble champagne spa with a rock bridge, all lit with custom-LEDs for nighttime enjoyment! Peaceful contemplation has its charms….
Infinity Pool – With an Underwater Sofa!
Check out the view over this Florida infinity pool! Originally designed by Bradenton Golf & Custom Pools, it was restored and re-designed for a feature on the TV series Insane Pools, where it certainly upholds its namesake.
Have you ever seen an underwater sofa before? I bet it feels as amazing as it looks!
Koi Ponds… to the Extreme
When you think of a backyard koi pond, you probably think of something like this:
Of course it’s peaceful and serene, with multiple pathways and seating areas. But what if you wanted something with a little more pizzazz, what would you ask for? An elegant surprise, like this glass-sided koi pond!
Maybe that still wasn’t fancy enough for your fishbowl. Have you considered turning a glass table into a water feature – while being able to eat over the running water?
A River Runs Through – This House!
If you’ve ever wanted to hang out in a lazy river, but still be close to all the party action in the kitchen, this home has got you covered! Featuring a jacuzzi, waterfall, lagoon and sauna, the owners can paddle to each room via the 90-foot stream that runs between the home’s three buildings, or keep their feet dry using the footbridge.
This unique, 18,000 sq ft property was built by architect Alfred Browning Parker for himself in 1968, and wows the current owner’s guests every time they visit. The property listing boasts, ‘Each of the pavilions has distinctive views of lush gardens’, ensuring a cool environment, to use both meanings of the phrase. This home certainly would inspire repeat visits!
Obviously these are very extreme designs, but I encourage you to think creatively about what you’d like to enjoy in your garden – after all, daydreams are free!
If you have an idea – big or small – that you want to create in your own backyard oasis, contact Kimball Starr today for a consultation! Water you waiting for?!