Backyard Escapes: Designing Outdoor Retreats with Water Features and Beyond

January 31, 2024


Is your outdoor space in need of a makeover, but you’re worried about breaking the bank? Fear not! At The Outdoor Store, we believe that transforming your deck into a stylish oasis shouldn’t cost a fortune. With our budget-friendly solutions, you can revamp your outdoor area without emptying your wallet.

Transforming Your Backyard into a Tranquil Oasis

Creating an enchanting backyard retreat is about merging comfort with nature’s beauty. Water features, like fountains, ponds, and waterfalls, are essential elements in crafting these serene landscapes. Their gentle sounds and soothing visuals can turn any outdoor space into a tranquil oasis.

Why Incorporate Water Features?

Aesthetic Appeal

Water features add a captivating element to your backyard. They can be designed to complement the existing landscape, enhancing the overall visual appeal. Whether it’s a classic fountain or a naturalistic pond, these features create a focal point that draws the eye and invites relaxation.

Calming Effects

The sound of water has a naturally calming effect. It can mask unwanted noise from the surrounding environment, creating a peaceful ambiance. This auditory tranquility is perfect for meditation, reading, or simply unwinding after a busy day.

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Types of Water Features


Fountains come in various designs, from elaborate tiered structures to simple, modern designs. They are versatile and can fit into any size of backyard.


Ponds offer a natural look, often complete with aquatic plants and sometimes wildlife. They can be designed in different shapes and sizes, fitting seamlessly into the landscape.


Waterfalls add a dynamic element to your outdoor space. They can be standalone features or incorporated into a pond, offering a visually striking and audibly soothing presence.

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Designing Your Water Feature

Consider Your Space

Before choosing a water feature, consider the size and style of your backyard. Smaller spaces might benefit from a compact fountain, while larger areas can accommodate ponds or elaborate waterfalls.


Water features require maintenance to keep them looking their best. Consider the level of upkeep you’re willing to commit to when choosing your feature.

Professional Help

For complex installations, it’s advisable to seek professional help. Specialists can ensure that your water feature is installed correctly and safely.

Enhancing Your Water Feature


Adding lights can transform your water feature, creating a magical atmosphere at night. Consider underwater lighting for a dramatic effect or subtle, surrounding lights for a soft glow.

Plants and Landscaping

Plants play a vital role in harmonizing your water feature with the surrounding landscape: incorporate plants around your water feature to create a more natural look. Choose plants that complement the feature and thrive in your climate.


Decorative elements like stones, sculptures, or bridges can add character to your water feature, making it uniquely yours.

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Incorporating a water feature into your backyard is a fantastic way to create a personal retreat. With various options available, you can design a space that not only enhances the beauty of your home but also provides a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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