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Boulder Waterfalls: Great Stress Reliever!

Aug 17, 2007
Niagara Falls would be great, but if you have neither time nor inclination to make the trip, how about bringing the waterfall into your backyard? Modern society with its modern ills has used talent and resources to invent ways of coping with daily stress.

An increasing number of people have found a unique solution to deal with their hectic routine. No, it's not Tai-Chi or yoga, not worry beads or meditation, or a waterbed. Although the waterbed comes close. We're talking outdoor boulder waterfalls. The amazing thing is you can have a boulder waterfall with or without a huge pool! Such genius, and what creativity/artistry they've put into the water. Where has all the water gone? To creative minds and hands, that's where.

Water and man, that's a relationship of perfect symbiosis. The creation of artificial waterfalls (which look far from artificial) and their benefits have millions of people scrambling to get them installed in their backyard paradises. If you're thinking of asking a swimming pool builder to add a waterfall, note that he may not have the expertise to build one for you and may refer you instead to custom waterfall builders.

Some do, however, as they have expanded their product catalog to include waterfalls. They realize that more and more homeowners are asking about them. They may have seen them at a neighbor's house or their colleagues at work talk about how waterfalls have changed their lives completely, aware that water can be the greatest cure of all.

Homeowners and pool builders have worked together to capture a representation of one of the world's most precious natural resources and use it to enhance emotional and physical health. Rare is a person who claims not to be inspired by water. Why do you think we welcome the ocean and its vastness to escape the weary city life. Aren't our own bodies made up of water?

Custom boulder waterfalls work their magic in backyards and offices that could use a lift, a kind of morale booster for its occupants. It's not just the water, they say, it's the sounds that come from it. Boring decor suddenly comes alive.

People with all kinds of budgets can have a waterfall they can call their own - they vary in size from smaller models to mural dimensions. You can have a choice of custom wall waterfalls, freestanding boulder waterfalls and the more modest models that draw the envy of everyone in the neighborhood. Many waterfalls can be patterned or be made as imitations of forest elements. As for design and motif, you have a fascinating array of pebble beach, creeks and streams and even icy appearances.

You pick a model and design that will suit your fancy and enhance your mood.

When talking to a waterfalls builder, make sure you both agree on size and water volume. Some builders tend to install waterfalls that are too large for the backyard or front yard or the designated location in the house.

The design stage is therefore crucial.
Before selecting a waterfall, you may want to think of these points: will the waterfall be in a precluded space so that it is private and visitors can't see it; can the entrance of the house use a waterfall for dramatic effect; how loud or subtle should the sound of the water be?

If you're not sure, take the time to ask all the questions when you contact a contractor that specializes in building custom boulder waterfalls. The Net is an excellent reference point for photographs and specifications.

Going Pondless

If budget restrictions prevent you from adding a full pond or you're concerned about the safety of young kids in the family, a pondless waterfall may be the perfect solution. You can slash off precious dollars if you do away with the pond. It certainly does not eat up too much space and some builders even guarantee quick installation in 24 hours, thanks to modern tools and machinery!

If the prospect of going to a waterfall showroom is a bit intimidating, you can begin shopping from the comfort of your own home. Online quotes are an efficient way to get the process rolling. Usual questions include what type of waterfall you want, approximate size of the area and any comments you may have as to design.
About the Author
Tim Dillard is currently the host of Tops In Texas (http://www.topsintexas.com) and president of Dillard Local Branding (http://www.dlbllc.com), a Houston-based web design, Internet marketing and search engine marketing firm.
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