Add a Waterfall to Spruce up that Drab Landscape

Posted April 6th, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

You have done all the remodeling you can on the inside of your home. What do you do now to create a sanctuary of peace and relaxation? You install a waterfall in your backyard. Waterfalls create a calming area and provide a great conversation piece. Just don’t forget to clue your homeowners insurance know about your splendid new piece of Zen.

Plan your attack
The very first thing you need to do is plan your attack. Waterfalls come in various sizes, shapes, and material. Just because you have a small space does not mean you cannot enjoy the beauty of a waterfall.

Plan how much you want to spend overall. Figure our where you want to place this conversation piece. Last is to think about the visuals. Will you be able to walk around the whole piece, or do you plan to back this up so nobody can fully walk around it?

Pre-fabricated for quick and easy installation
Now that you have your thoughts down it is time to hit the stores to do some shopping. The first thing you might notice is that you can buy a completely pre-fabricated waterfall setup. Pre-fabricated setups offer a variety of advantages.

Pre-fabricated setups will include everything you need for a quick and easy installation. They also come from small wall mounted setup to large pond type setups. Pre-fabricated setup can also cause you less frustration that could lead to a hammer in the side of the house claim on your homeowners insurance.

Build it yourself
Those with a bit more of a do it yourself attitude can build their own waterfall feature. The biggest advantage to this is that the feature meets your wants, space requirements, and needs. These are more work, but those do it yourself types will love the result.

Constructing a waterfall yourself will come with a few decisions to make as well. You might not be buying a fully pre-fabricated setup, but you can buy parts that are prefabricated. Stones, sculptures, or even the water basin can all come pre-fabricated.

Another big decision will be your rock choices. You just might spend hours at the rock store choosing all the rocks to accentuate this feature. Don’t forget to ask about rocks that can stand up to water and your weather conditions. The last thing you want is a bunch of cracked rocks after the first winter. You won’t enjoy having shattered rocks on your homeowners insurance.

The whole key to the do it yourself waterfall is to make it your waterfall. Think over what features you want. Shop around for features and designs. You want something you will enjoy for many years to come.

Apartment dwellers can have a waterfall
Those of you who live in a place with no yard to install a waterfall can still enjoy this calming feature. There are countertop waterfalls. There are even freestanding floor waterfalls. Do a bit of shopping and you just might be impressed with the choices at your disposal.

Installing a waterfall does not to be complicated. Check out your local hardware store and see for yourself. You might just find that this little piece of Zen just might give you something you’re proud to put some homeowners insurance on!

Photo via Shyn Darkly

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