Water makes one of the most relaxing noises known to humans. Being around water makes you calmer and more creative, which is why a lot of famous writers and artists over the centuries have sought homes by the sea in which to create their artistry. While scientists aren’t exactly sure why the sound of water makes us feel so relaxed, some research shows that the wave motion slows down your brainwaves, gives you a sense of awe and wonder, and allows you to concentrate on only one sense.

Compass Outdoor Design creates magnificent custom water features for you to enjoy. There is something special about water that allows you to take a load off when you need to and while away the hours just sitting, listening, and watching your water feature. Many of our customers combine a water feature with their pool design as well. Below, we’ll offer up some great water features you can add into your outdoor living design. Contact us for a free quote today!


Water Fountains

Water fountains are one of the most popular water features you can add into your outdoor living space. You can choose from a small one to a larger one, depending on the size of your backyard and your design preferences. They are relatively uncomplicated, meaning there’s not a lot of care and maintenance to go into there nor are there a lot of parts that could break. Furthermore, one of the reasons these water features are so popular is because there are almost limitless designs to choose from. You can install a rock garden fountain, a spiral fountain, or a log fountain. They are versatile landscaping design elements, meaning you can incorporate water fountains almost anywhere in your backyard or with any design element, such as your outdoor kitchen or underneath your covered patio. Call us today for a free quote to see how you could incorporate a water fountain into your outdoor living space today!


Ponds are another popular water feature in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There are many ways a pond can fit into your outdoor living space, and they offer many benefits as well. Ponds help conserve water, since you’ll have less space to water. You’ll mow less and use less fertilizer. Ponds have the same relaxing, soothing effect as other water features, creating white noise that can cancel out all of the other sounds (including the sounds of the stresses of your day).

Plus, ponds can also hold life, such as koi fish, goldfish, frogs, water lilies, dragonflies, and more. They can be the focal point of your outdoor living space, especially if you add in lights for nighttime viewing. A pond is also great fun for the kids. It’s educational since it can be a mini-ecosystem on its own, and it teaches the kids about the environment. Call Compass Outdoor Design today to learn more!


You can capture the magic of a big waterfall, such as Niagara Falls or Yosemite Falls, in your backyard by installing a smaller one instead. As mentioned above, waterfalls can help improve your mood, relieve stress, and fend off depression. You can lose yourself in their sound and experience a lower heart rate and respiration rate. Waterfalls make great additions to your living space, and they spell unlimited creativity. You can combine a waterfall with your pool, outdoor kitchen, or even your outdoor fireplace. From staircase waterfalls to pondless waterfalls or waterfalls into ponds, the variety can be dizzying and hard to choose from. Compass Outdoor Design can help you create a custom outdoor living space with a waterfall you’ll love. Call today!


Compass Outdoor Design has been serving DFW for years. Our expert landscape designers can turn your home or business’s outdoor living space into a mini-oasis, a place you look forward to taking a break from your day and relaxing. Water features have so many amazing health and wellness benefits and can add a lot of value in your life, not to mention they are just beautiful to behold. They can help increase the value of your home and increase your quality of life as well.

We also offer many other outdoor landscape design services, such as pools, outdoor kitchens, sunrooms, outdoor fireplaces, covered patios, and outdoor pergolas. We’ve dedicated our lives to helping you create beauty when you need it the most.

One of the best benefits of water features in our outdoor living design is that they don’t have to be large or expensive to have the same effects. You can take just a corner of your backyard and create a beautiful scene that you will cherish every day. You can sit outside, listen to the water, and enjoy your water feature as the stars come out at night. Invite your friends over for coffee or for evening cocktails. You’ll create a beautiful outdoor living space design that everyone can enjoy. Call our outdoor living company today for a free estimate!