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W: Water Feature

Gregory Lombardi Design

Photo courtesy of Anthony Crisafulli

On Cape Cod, water is everywhere, be it the ocean, ponds or bays. But what if you wanted even more water in your life? Gregory Lombardi Design can help you bring the peace and tranquility of the Cape’s beautiful seaside into your own backyard. Since 1992, Gregory Lombardi Design has been creating award-winning outdoor spaces throughout New England. When crafting a new backyard landscape, many choose to incorporate intricate water features. From waterfalls to fountains to koi ponds, Gregory Lombardi Design can bring your vision to life.

The perfect waterscape starts with meticulous planning. “It’s all very customized and tailored for each client. We start by talking through the goals for the space, whether it’s a pond or water basin. Will it be a focal piece or a hidden little respite?” explains Troy Sober, ASLA, PLA, a Principal at Gregory Lombardi Design. Concept designs are created and supported by character images and the design is reworked until everyone is satisfied. That’s when the planning really begins. The landscape in question is evaluated for conditions that can help or hinder the design. “We need to take into consideration conditions that can be utilized or accentuated when creating a waterscape. It’s really all about the combination of the right materials and the right site that makes a water feature successful. While tailoring a piece to the client is crucial, it also requires working within the landscape,” explains Sober.

When considering a waterscape for your home, Sober says the main focus should be the goals for the feature. Waterscapes can serve many purposes on a residential property from a purely decorative fountain to a meditative retreat to a sustainable ecosystem. While it’s important to determine whether you want it to be low maintenance or sustainable and whether you want to incorporate locally sourced, salvaged materials, Sober says the most important questions are the practical ones: what kind of access do you have to water? If the feature is free standing, like a basin, can it be refueled? Is there access to electricity? How big will the feature be and how can environmental factors help or hinder its success? A Cambridge water feature will be much different than one in Chatham because there are multiple regionally appropriate components to work with.

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