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When you’re pondering ways to improve your property’s value, you could probably think of countless ways to achieve that, but have you thought about a water feature? A water feature is an often-overlooked addition that can boost curb appeal and make your property more inviting. Most people install a water feature primarily for their own enjoyment and use but the benefits go way beyond that.
Water features are relaxing. Simply being around one may reduce stress, improve well-being and lower the risk of depression. One of their benefits is that they can be not only lovely to look at but relaxing to listen to as well — whether it’s the trickle of a fountain or the soft lapping of the waves on a pond. This kind of ambient noise can help drown out less-appealing sounds, such as nearby traffic.
Water features come in a variety of types, including ponds, fountains, streams and waterfalls. Ponds run the gamut from small, ornamental ones to larger options that can include waterfall and stream features as well as fish and other wildlife. A reflecting pool is a pond that is designed to be decorative and is often the central feature of a garden. An ornamental pool is also designed with aesthetics in mind and includes a water element such as a fountain. A water garden, as the name implies, includes a variety of aquatic plant life. Others, often usually larger ponds, might contain fish and various wildlife.
Whatever you decide, a water feature could improve your property value and the enjoyment you take in your home. In a commercial setting, it can enhance the look of your building. The accompanying resource describes more about some popular water features.