Need something unique and exciting to add the final touch to your latest home refurbishment project? Then why not see how much a brand new indoor water feature could set you back.
What is an Indoor Water Feature?
The idea of an indoor water feature sounds pretty self-explanatory, but these modern ornaments and installations aren’t really found in that many UK homes and might be considered a rather unusual addition to your latest interior refurbishment. Basically, most water models are designed to be plugged in to your electricity mains supply and function as ornaments that display a stream of constantly running water – whether that is over a screen, out of a vase or even running around the perimeter of a room on a larger scale.
Although it does sound difficult to visualise, more and more UK homeowners are seeing the appeal in the tranquil and soothing sounds of continuously running water, not to mention the ornate displays and additional indoor plant-life afforded by the installation of a brand new indoor water feature. So what sort of models can you expect to find from most retailers and manufacturers?
Types of Indoor Water Features
Well, to help give you a quick overview of the sort of indoor water features available in the UK, we have sorted this sort of home improvement project into three distinct types:
- Small Plug-In Water Features – these are widely available from a number of home-improvement shops and stores up and down the country, and basically function like any other electric ornament. You simply plug in the device, add water where necessary and watch as the water is moved or rotated around the feature on a continuous basis. These plug-ins come in a range of different sizes and designs – including popular garden styles such as upturned urns, cascading waterfalls or ornate fountains – but are usually no larger than an ordinary household lamp. That said, they are easy to use and easily replaced should they ever stop working or become damaged.
- Freestanding Water Screens – water screens are tall and thin freestanding structures that allow water to flow downwards and back again over a single metallic screen, and are usually artfully positioned in living areas as a focal point or centre-piece to augment the interior decoration of any kind of room. Like plug-in models screens come in a range of designs that include rocky bases and artificial backdrops, but might use up a bit more electricity – so it is good practice to turn these off when a room is not in use.
- Integrated Furniture Water Features – finally, the only other sort of indoor water feature is the kind of bespoke models that are best suited to larger living rooms or open-plan homes; ones that curve around sofas and television units, climb walls and even sometimes flow directly into an outside water source. Most bespoke water features function via the use of a pump in the property’s water mains, but you can find electrical models as well. The look of a bespoke feature will all depend on how much you have to spend and what your existing interior décor looks like – plus they can be adorned with extras such as LED lighting and bubble effects – but either way these are guaranteed to prove a talking point in any UK home.
Cost of an Indoor Water Feature
So how much is any one of these indoor water features likely to cost? Well, that all depends on the type and size of the unit and how much structural work will be needed to accommodate it within the chosen room in your property; that said, we sourced the following figures online to help give you a basic overview of indoor water feature prices:
- primrose.co.uk – this site offers plug-in models for anywhere between £25-35, and freestanding screens for around £220-300.
- ukwaterfeatures.com – this site lists most stand-alone models and units at anywhere from £20-120.
- waterfeatures2go.co.uk – although this site lists stand-alone features from as little as £25, it also offers bespoke indoor water feature installation for as much as around £700 (not including labour fees).
*All prices sourced from respective websites and rounded to the nearest pound. Accurate as of April 2016.
It is important to note that if you do opt for a bespoke, integrated water feature, you will need to contact both an interior designer and a professional plumber to help you realise how the model is going to work and whether or not your plans are suitable in your existing property. If not, they might have to recommend some alterations – but there is no reason a bespoke feature can’t be re-designed to suit any kind of home in the UK, so long as you can afford the renovations!