Water features stay hot in 2023
Water features have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and they certainly aren’t slowing down in 2023! Those who are looking to revamp their exterior spaces this year are probably prioritizing function and a calming or relaxing atmosphere just as much as they are aesthetics, making water features the obvious choice for any yard design.
One of the biggest benefits of water features in general is just how versatile they are and how many different looks you can accomplish with a few design choices. They are also great at working with any size space, from a super huge yard perfect for a grand waterfall to a smaller urban yard that could more effectively support something like a bubbler or a fountain.
A small yard doesn’t have to mean smaller possibilities
While there are certainly some unavoidable limitations with a smaller yard compared to a larger space, homeowners with smaller yards would be pleasantly surprised to know there are actually a lot of wonderful options to give them the backyard of their dreams while working within space limitations.
Here in Vancouver and Portland, especially, yard space can be hard to come by, so it’s all the more important to be strategic with how you use the space that you do have. But, for the perfect blend of beauty, function, and relaxation, bubblers are certainly a worthy investment!
What are bubblers?
Bubblers are a type of water feature often used in small outdoor spaces because of their low profile design. They are extremely versatile and can be designed to fit a variety of styles, spaces, and needs.
The defining feature of bubblers is how the water flows through the piece, creating, as the name suggests, a bubbling effect from the top or sides. You’ll often see large pieces of stone or rock as the base of the water feature, allowing for a lot of options as far as material goes. By playing with materials, shapes, and different levels, bubblers can match your design theme to seamlessly integrate with your space.
Bubblers can also be designed to fit on top of furniture, like a dining table or a shelf, or even hanging on an exterior wall.
Other benefits of bubblers for small yards
The ability to fit in smaller yards without overwhelming a space or taking too much away from other features is a huge value of bubblers, but they bring a few other wonderful benefits to any yard space, big and small.
For one, bubblers can bring an upscale and sophisticated look to your yard space, and when designed with the help of a water feature expert, they can be a beautiful centerpiece of your yard. If you like to entertain, a bubbler also becomes a great conversation starter and brings a unique element to your home that guests will always remember.
In addition to being nice to look at, they are also nice to listen to. Bubblers can bring tranquility to your space through the calming sound of running water. They are also great at drowning out nearby noise, like sounds from neighbors or traffic.
Lastly, bubblers are fairly easy to clean and maintain, making them a great option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time on upkeep. Bubblers don’t require a large amount of water to run effectively, and the pump is significantly smaller than some other larger water feature options, so the brunt of cleaning comes with the stone or rock, which doesn’t have to be cleaned very often.
Overall, bubblers are a beautiful and effective design element for small yards, bringing some added appeal to an otherwise tight or boring space.
Envisioning a bubbler in your next small yard renovation? Contact us to design the space of your dreams.
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