Landscape Design Ideas For 2016
Up to 60% of the human adult body is water, and that’s a 15% reduction from the 75% we’re made of when we are born. That could be one reason that research has shown that “blue spaces”, or those that include water, can have a positive effect on our overall well-being.
In 2012, the Blue Gym project set out to study the health benefits of aquatic environments after other research revealed that stress levels were lowered according to how much greenery appeared in photographs shown to subjects. Researchers introduced water into the images, and found that people showed a strong preference for images that included oceans, rivers, lakes, and urban water features like fountains. While images with green space had received favorable responses, images with both green and blue space got the most favorable responses.
This research is in keeping with statistics from real estate giant Zillow that demonstrate that waterfront homes are valued more than twice as high as other homes. Real estate prices reflect the fact that there is only so much waterfront property to go around, and many people find it out of their price range. Those that can afford to purchase it often find that it is also more expensive to maintain. For example, waterfront property is more susceptible to erosion and other wind and water damage and requires more frequent maintenance and repairs. Buying expensive flood insurance is often mandatory and quiet enjoyment can be adversely affected by crowds of tourists flocking to enjoy it as well.
The soothing sight and sound of water is something that people are willing to pay a premium to experience on a daily basis. A spectacular view that incorporates multiple elements of nature has the power to reduce stress and enhance the quality of everyday life. That’s why it comes as no surprise that landscape and garden designers say that water features are among the biggest landscaping trends of 2016.
Installing a water feature is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of blue space without any of the drawbacks. Whether it takes the form of a therapeutic swimming pool, a babbling brook, a peaceful lotus pond, or a refreshing waterfall, if we can imagine it, modern landscaping techniques can create it. Here are some great examples of amazing creations of blue spaces that utilize water features.
It’s estimated that good landscaping can add up to 28% to a home’s value, and according to a study at Clemson University, raising the level of landscaping from good to excellent can increase its value by an additional 7%. While not everyone can afford waterfront property, water features are an affordable way to maximize the beauty of nature on any property.