How to Design Your Dream Backyard Retreat

A backyard retreat provides a tranquil space where you can unwind and escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Designing your dream backyard retreat is an exhilarating journey that blends creativity, functionality, and personal taste into a serene outdoor haven tailored to your desires.  Whether you envision a tranquil oasis for relaxation, an entertaining paradise for gatherings, or a harmonious blend of both, crafting your ideal backyard retreat requires thoughtful planning and attention to […]

Integrating a Swimming Pool into Your Landscape Design

Turning your backyard into a paradise you and your family can enjoy is every homeowner’s dream. However, with so many design elements to consider and the practical implications of adding one, choosing and installing a swimming pool might feel overwhelming.  How to Integrate a swimming pool into your landscape designs?  With thoughtful planning, creating the […]

8 Awesome Aquarium and Fish Pond Ideas for Your Backyard

Having a pond or aquarium in your backyard doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Glass aquariums are pricey, require constant maintenance, and are not always attractive, especially outdoors. Well, there are other options that are just as visually attractive if not more at a fraction of the price of the conventional aquariums. You can […]

6 Unique and Elegant Water Wall Feature Ideas

Water Wall Ideas

A water feature can enhance any garden, patio, or home. They not only give the place a serene atmosphere, but these water walls are also great for decoration. The gentle sounds of steadily flowing water are pleasant to the ears and relaxing to an exhausted mind and body. That’s why having a water feature is great if you […]

12 Best Terra Cotta Fountain Ideas: A Water Feature Project

Terra Cotta Fountains

We all have some terra cotta planters that we’ve failed to upgrade or use for our plants. Because the pots are inexpensive and widely available, they do tend to pile up. But the clever DIY enthusiast knows better than to throw them away. Do you have spare terra cotta pots in your garden? You can […]

A Great DIY Backyard Pond & Water Feature

Is there a dull spot in your backyard or garden? We found a great water feature project to help you improve it. By adding a water feature to your garden, you can create a beautiful and serene space that you can enjoy for a long time. Anyone can have them in their garden or outdoor […]

Do Swimming Pools Really Add Great Value To Your Property?

Before adding a swimming pool to your home, it pays to consider your medium-term intentions. Will you still be living there in five years? A pool is a major expense. But is it an investment in anything more than leisure? A pool can increase the resale value of our homes and may even shorten the […]

The Benefits of a DIY Natural Swimming Pond

DIY Natural Swimming Pond - Build area

Imagine a pool with minimal maintenance yet maximum visual appeal.  A pool that is functional 365 days of the year.  A pool that looks better as the years roll by.  A pool with all of the positives and few, if any, of the negatives. This idea transforms into reality when you build or convert your […]

Elegant DIY Backyard Fountain – Create Your Own Oasis

Everyone loves backyard fountains. And if you have a small backyard, you might want to think about a DIY fountain to decorate it. There are many DIY fountain designs available in the market and you can easily customize your fountain according to your own needs. If you’re trying to make your outdoor space more serene, […]

12 Great DIY Pool Ideas From a Livestock Tank

Livestock Tank Turned DIY Pool - Tank-made Pool

Do you love the idea of having a swimming pool, but don’t have the space or the money to put in a standard one? Then you would love this DIY livestock tank pool. If you have a livestock tank that you can repurpose into a shallow DIY pool that you and your kids can soak in during warm […]

Unique and Creative DIY Leaf-Shaped Bird Bath

DIY Leaf-Shaped Bird Bath

Bird baths provide a much-needed source of water for our feathered friends during the hot summer months. By adding a leaf-shaped bird bath to your yard, you can provide a vital resource for birds, while also enjoying their presence and beauty. Add water and they will come! A birdbath is a great water feature to […]

DIY Garden Fountain – Artistic & Creative Designs

Water features are always an exciting addition to a garden. You can turn an otherwise nondescript little space into an oasis with the right kind. This could be a small pond you make yourself using a liner, a bubbling gravel fountain, a large raised fountain, or a garden fountain. You can set up a water […]

Easy to Build Recycled Tires Pond

Maybe you’re looking to mask the noise from a busy road, or you just want a quiet, contemplative space. A water feature does a lot more than look great and soothe that savage beast. If you’re looking for ways to add value to your home, creating your own recycled tires pond is a great option. Not […]

An inspiring story of Con Trelos: Build a garden bridge and water feature!

Once a garden but rapidly becoming a jungle...

Have you ever been in an accident where you thought you won’t be able to recover? Well, check out the inspiring story of Con Trelos. OBN Member, Con Trelos, was in a major motorcycle accident in March 2010.  A truck cut him off on a roundabout.  He hit the driver’s side door and landed on […]

Water Gardens and Features – Exciting Ideas for Your Landscape

Water Features

Do you ever want to build your own water gardens or a beautiful water feature? If you want a unique way of improving your landscape and creating a very calming atmosphere, then you should try these water garden ideas. Water is a representation of tranquility. To most of us, water is a calming influence – […]

Extraordinary Landscape inspiration with Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson and Callum Gray - Best In Show at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Melbourne Australia  –  Phillip Johnson Landscapes Internationally acclaimed and awarded landscaper, Phillip Johnson designs with one overriding philosophy… a garden should not need mains water. His use of ‘dry creek bed‘ landscapes, billabongs, and natural ponds has gained him recognition the world over. A dry creek bed is a channel of water that flows only […]