Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls—Have One Installed at Your Home Instead

People travel the world to seek out waterfalls, from Iguazu Falls in South America to Iceland’s Gulfoss. Some studies even show that being in the presence of waterfalls can boost one’s mood and reduce stress thanks to the release of negative ions. So it is no wonder that people try to re-create these features at home.

“When light hits a waterfall, because of the movement, the reflections are amplified and tossed about like a crystal would toss a reflection,” says Houston-based architect Lauren Rottet. Coupled with the ambient noise of water movement, they make a great at-home escape, she says.

When it comes to installing a waterfall at home, though, Atlanta-based landscape architect Jeremy Smearman suggests caution. Technical issues like poor filtration can result in a waterfall that constantly gets clogged, and leaks in the liner will result in water loss. Aesthetically, making sure that the waterfall’s mechanics (like the pump and liner) are out of sight is paramount. “All of those things in a well-designed water feature or waterfall are hidden, disguised and not part of the visual experience,” says Mr. Smearman.

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