One of the most powerful elements you can add to your landscaping is a water feature. Ponds with waterfalls bring a multi-sensory experience to your outdoor space by creating reflections, movement, and sound. They are an ideal solution for smaller properties that don’t have space for a pool. Water is therapeutic for everyone and can bring nature closer to those who are confined at home, like the elderly or infirm. A pond can become the focal point of a yard or outdoor room, regardless of size.
In planning a pond with a waterfall or water feature, consider:
- Location: Choose a spot that will be a nearby focal point and is convenient to access. Also think about what’s underneath, as in soil.
- Materials: Liner materials, along with surrounding natural and manmade features.
- Size: Visit botanical gardens and water garden dealers for ideas. Think about the shape and setting, relation to plants, and scale within your own yard.
- Style: Design a pond that complements the architectural style of your home and reflects your region’s landscape. Formal or informal? Possibilities include: Japanese garden ponds, wildlife or naturalistic ponds, modern, and old-fashioned or cottage-style.
- Pump system: This recirculates the water for your fall, fountain, or stream. Make sure you select one large and powerful enough to operate a waterfall or feature.
- Landscaping: In addition to the surrounding landscape, a pond opens up the opportunity to explore plants that are suitable for a water garden. Depending where you live, choices might include tropical water lilies, papyrus, ferns, and hostas.
- Hardscape and ornaments: Ideally, your choice of hardscape will make your pond blend into the landscape rather than look as if it mistakenly plopped into your yard. Edging and surrounding hardscape might be ceramic tile, concrete, or stones. Ornaments include objects like bridges or statuary like frogs kissing under umbrellas or spitting fish.
- Lighting: Waterproof LED fixtures allow you to gaze at your pond after hours and extend your viewing pleasure. Spotlights might emphasize the waterfall, a graceful ornamental grass, or a whimsical statue. Let an aquatic electrician handle the job.
- Fish and other pond animals: Koi add a vibrant touch of orange, black, and white as they swim in a pond. Be aware that some birds of prey—like herons, owls, and eagles—can swoop down and grab a koi in seconds. To deter birds and wildlife, ponds can be designed with deeper areas (2 feet or more) in the center and vertical edges with a minimum depth of 15 inches. Netting can also be used. Experienced pond owners and designers recommend building an arbor or archway over a pond so that birds can’t see what’s in the pond when they fly overhead.
- Safety: Children can drown in just a few inches of water. Consider the ages and accessibility of your children or any who might visit your yard and consider an enclosure.
- Local codes: Like many outdoor projects, check with your local planning department to make sure you comply with building codes. These can vary from maximum pond depths to fencing.
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05 Woodland Setting
06 Stone Wall Pond
07 Floating Pathway
08 Hillside Waterfall
09 Living Room with a View
10 Front Yard Pond
11 Natural Flow
12 Koi Pond
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The one thing you know for sure is that it wasn’t like this in the beginning. In the beginning, you did like your house and you felt really happy to live in it because it wasn’t just a shelter from the rain, it was the HOME you’ve always wanted to have.
And then something happened along the way, or maybe it was a few something’s, and now you are beginning to pick up some of the signs that it’s time to move out. It’s time for a much-needed change – it’s time to do what you should have done years ago.
To help you decide what’s best for you, here are the top 5 signs it’s time to move to a new home.
One of the most common signs it’s time to move house is when you realize that your current home has become too small for your needs. That is often the case with starter homes. You don’t remember your house or apartment being that small in the very start. What happened?
What happened is that time passed, and time changes many things.
But how can you know for sure that you’ve outgrown the living and storage space in your own home?
Have you noticed the gradual appearance of storage boxes in the corner of the room?
Do you find yourself waiting in line for the bathroom more often than you would have liked to?
Do you get to play the peacemaker when your teenage kids start fighting as they can no longer share one room with each other?
Is your family expanding more quickly than the living space of your home can handle that change? Yes, pets count towards your family.
Every home has a bursting point, and the bad news is that you yourself may have reached that point. Re-organization of your home might help. Getting rid of all the clutter in your house could too – anything you won’t need anymore should go.
But if both those solutions turn out to be just temporary, then MAYBE it’s time to upgrade your home and move into a bigger house.
What to know when moving to a bigger house
Extremes are never too good, are they? Just like a fairly small house can prove to be too tight for you and your growing needs, a large home can also turn out to be a good reason to move to a new home in the end. Is it really that hard to believe?
How to know when it’s time to move house?
One of the signs it’s time to move out is when you start hearing the resonating echo of your own gloomy voice. When your grown-up children have already left the family nest, you may soon find out that the extra space is nothing to be happy about.
Too many unoccupied rooms that bring back too many memories. Why should you pay for all that extra living space which nobody seems to want? Moving to a smaller home (downsizing) usually means lower maintenance costs too.
If your large home demands too much maintenance time and you seem to really value your free time, as you should, then that alone is a sign to move to a smaller home and reclaim your spare time just the way you like it.
How to downsize your home
Your neighborhood changing for the worse can be one of the most telltale signs that it’s time to move away.
Time shows no mercy – it never stops ticking away, not even for a second, and what was a good and nice and welcoming neighborhood in the beginning may have become too dangerous, noisy, or plain unbearable for a number of valid reasons.
It’s really important that you manage to notice the first signs of your neighborhood going a downward spiral. It’s about your general safety and peace of mind, but it’s also about your money and initial investment. Keep in mind that the value of homes in bad neighborhoods can decline rather quickly. It can take years for a neighborhood to get back to its former reputation and charm and appeal, and sometimes that never happens.
A high crime rate, increased pollution, and constant noise are all strong indicators that you should seriously consider moving to a new home, but it can also be the neighbors that will make you want to leave the area. If you can’t stand the folks next door, then life can be a bit more miserable for you because, sooner or later, you’ll have to deal with those people.
In other words, if your neighbors refuse to act like grown-ups, then it’s time for you to move to a place where well-mannered, respectful and responsible grown-ups like you live.
What questions to ask neighbors when moving house
When you can’t decide whether to move or not, then one way to resolve the dilemma is to check the current maintenance costs of your home.
If you live in a fairly old home, you may reach a point when the repair costs can easily get out of hand. And if it does turn out that those repair costs are eating up your hard-earned cash, then it should be more practical to move to a new home than to continue to pour more and more money into the money pit.
It’s important to note that proper management of the maintenance costs of your home is crucial for your decision what to do next. It could actually turn out that it costs more to maintain your house or apartment than its actual market worth.
So, it’s time to act quickly and move to a more cost-effective property before it’s too late.
How to fight the fear of moving to a new home
One thing is clear – you can’t be really happy with your current home if you’re interested in learning about the right time to move away.
You know that your quality of life is suffering and you must do something about it. And suddenly, a house move sounds so sweet to your ears, especially when you’ve found new and exciting opportunities you can’t afford to miss.
Other telltale signs it’s time to move to another house include:
You spend too much time on the road. Take out your calculator and figure out just how much hours a day you spend in your car going to and back to work. And while at it, don’t forget to factor in the overwhelming transportation costs too. If the commute time is killing you, then isn’t it the right time to move closer to work?
You never seem to stop complaining about the weather. It can be really frustrating to live in an area whose weather you’ve come to hate with the years. Are you sick and tired of the never-ending heat? Or is it the endless cold and knee-deep snow that did it in the end? Moving to a new home in an area with more agreeable climate can definitely be the solution you’ve been looking for.
It’s important to learn to recognize the signs it’s time to move to a new house. If you fail to register those indicators, or if you try to ignore them, then regret will most likely follow when things become truly unbearable in a few years’ time.
Don’t put off the house move for too long. Life is too short, make the change now.
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