Concrete Water Features for Any Landscape

By Anne Balogh, columnist

We all know that water plays an important role in our landscape as a thirst quencher for lawns and gardens. But it can serve many other functions as well. In addition to decorative enhancement, it can provide movement, in the form of a waterfall; soothing sound, in the form of a fountain or bubbler; noise screening, in the form of a water wall; a mini ecosystem, in the form of a pond; and recreation, in the form of a water slide. With concrete, you can create water features of all sizes and types to suit any outdoor setting, from a tiny backyard patio to a large estate. Check out these examples to see some of the possibilities.

Scheid Concrete Inc. in Huron, OH

This faux boulder surround for a hot tub is hand carved out of concrete. The spa was built in place on top of concrete blocks, and then surrounded with a stamped concrete deck and steps to match an existing stamped concrete patio. It even incorporates a mini waterfall.

Matrix Concrete Artisans in Oceanside, CA

Faux-Rock Waterfalls
This pool in Yorba Linda, Calif., looks like a Hawaiian lagoon, but the realistic rock waterfall is actually made of precast and hand-sculpted concrete. A 30-foot slide was built into the rock feature.

Unique Concrete, West Milford, N.J.

Sheer-Descent Water Walls
To mask the noise of a busy street adjacent to the property, this homeowner designed a sheer-descent waterfall faced with cultured concrete stone. The water feature also doubles as a seat wall and hides the electrical junction box for the pool light.

The Green Scene in Northridge, CA

Water Slides
Water slides made of concrete fit in perfectly with faux rock water features, looking like natural crevice formations. This Swiss Family Robinson themed pool features a concrete slide emerging from a cave as well as a faux-wood concrete boat.

Arizona Falls in Las Vegas, NV

Swim-Up Bar
You don't even have to leave the water to enjoy a drink at this swim-up pool-side bar. This backyard oasis also includes an outdoor kitchen and a concrete waterfall feature in the shape of Skull Rock, from Disney's "Peter Pan."