Imagine sitting by the pool in a beautiful garden, with the sunlight dancing on the water’s surface as you listen to the soothing sounds of a waterfall.
By Sean Jancski
Imagine sitting by the pool in a beautiful garden, with the sunlight dancing on the water’s surface as you listen to the soothing sounds of a waterfall. Sounds nice, huh? Now imagine that you aren’t on vacation, but sitting in your own backyard.
For many area homeowners, having a pool or water feature in their garden is moving from dream to reality. As our lives become busier and more stressful, it is increasingly important for our homes to offer peaceful respite, and here on the Sound Shore, what better way to accomplish this than with water?
Many local residents have made a conscious decision to live near the shore. Being near the Long Island Sound, we are fortunate in our ability to take a short walk or drive to the water’s edge. For those who are drawn to water, and realize its aesthetic and healing potential, there are many options for incorporating it into a residential landscape.
The king of water features is, of course, the swimming pool. Swimming pool innovations over the past decade have been remarkable, both in their design and mechanics. Gone are the days of the kidney-shaped hole in the ground that demanded daily care to keep clean. Today’s pools boast features like ozone, in-floor cleaning systems, pebble finishes, automatic covers, fiber optic lights, in-water speakers, invisible and zero edges, spas, tanning shelves, and embedded umbrella sleeves. They truly are things of beauty and function, and can be designed to meet the varying needs and wishes of homeowners.
For those who may not be inclined to incorporate a pool, a water feature can be a terrific option, providing both beauty and soothing ambient noise that enhances privacy and provides tranquility. The options for water features are bounded only by the limits of imagination.
Whether you want to dive in, gaze, or even just listen, there is a water feature out there that’s perfect for you!
The author has an eponymous landscape architecture firm, located at 43 Purchase Street on the second floor above Parker’s. Visit www.sjlandscapearchitects.com.