Designing with Water and Space

How to bring water, nature, beauty and enjoyment into your home.

The Art of Emphasis: How Focus Adds Appeal to Your Outdoor Living Space
The Art of Emphasis: How Focus Adds Appeal to Your Outdoor Living Space

Emphasis: It’s like creating a stage for the stars of your WaterSpace Design. If you’ve recently sold or read about selling a house, you’re probably familiar with the growing use of professional staging to lift a property’s value. The secret of staging rests in part on the art of Emphasis, the third of the six ...

Whisper and Shout: Use Contrast to Add Interest to Your WaterSpace Design
Whisper and Shout: Use Contrast to Add Interest to Your WaterSpace Design

Things get livelier when you add contrast to your outdoor living design Wherever you add an unexpected change in color, or shape, size, or texture, you’ve got contrast. In this article on the second principle of architectural and landscape design, we’ll look at how contrast helps us achieve that delicate dance between the comforts of ...

Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design
Keep Your Balance: the First Principle of Good WaterSpace Design

Use balance to pull together all the elements in your outdoor living space Just as we can’t stand erect without balance, humans can’t stand an environment lacking a sense of balance. Like our physical balance, we don’t consciously notice balance in built spaces. Until it’s missing. Then it may be too late. Balance in 3-Dimensions ...

Design Choices: Follow these 6 WaterSpace Design Principles
Design Choices: Follow these 6 WaterSpace Design Principles

We all want to have design choices, to make our own choices. But have you ever been overwhelmed by too many choices? It happens a lot with the abundance of choices we have in America, and it seems to happen daily, now that we’re buying so much online. Believe me, it’s going to happen frequently ...

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works – America’s Most Famous WaterSpace
Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works – America’s Most Famous WaterSpace

‘A Place Wondrous to Behold’: How Philadelphia’s Place for Pumping ‘Utility Water’ Became America’s Most Famous WaterSpace In the mid-19th century, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Water Works was a world famous tourist attraction. It was the second most visited attraction in America (first place went to that most famous “water feature,” Niagara Falls). Upon his visit in ...