Dream Spaces: Homes on the Water to Whet Your Appetite
From a tranquil stream at the bottom of the garden to a lake lapping at the terrace, these waterside homes have the wow factor in gallons
If your property has floor-to-ceiling windows and a vast view over water, you have pretty much hit the waterside living jackpot. So give your glazing the naked treatment and keep windows free from fussy curtains that will obscure your view. If you really crave some kind of window treatment, simple roller blinds are your best bet, as they roll away to almost nothing by day, allowing the view to become a living backdrop to life inside.
If your home is set back from the water’s edge, but you have trees on the bank, why not built a tree house? They are not just for children, after all, and can make a fun, rustic base for enjoying riverside life. You can escape the real home and retreat to the tree house, to enjoy the peace and views over water.
You don’t need Niagra Falls outside your window to find inspiration from water. Even a simple pond, when designed to lap up against a broad deck, brings some watery magic to your home. Here, an artist’s studio is situated in a room with huge windows overlooking a naturalistic pond and the kind of deck that feels more like a jetty than a standard terrace.
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You want to be able to enjoy your waterfront location morning, noon and night, but it can get chilly when the sun goes down, even in the height of summer. So remember to factor in a heat source. Here, a wood burning fire keeps this waterside deck toasty. Hurricane lanterns dotted around provide illumination and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the sunset.
Why live by the water when you can live over it? A home that juts out over a lake on striking stilt-like supports looks stunning and will take your experience of living by the water to a whole new level.
It’s easy to take an amazing view for granted when you see it every day, but this clever home owner has set aside a corner specifically for sitting, relaxing and contemplating the waterscape. What better place to unwind after a day at work?
A rooftop deck is one of the most luxurious ways to enjoy riverside living. If you live in the city and your river views are flanked by an urban landscape, keep furniture simple and contemporary to suit. Some well chosen greenery in planters will help create an oasis-style environment.
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In a large garden, a natural swimming pond is a real treat. Forget the stink of chlorine and the sound of filters and instead bathe in a more natural way. Here, the area around the pool has been kept clear of planting so this wonderful watery feature can be enjoyed when you are in the house, as well as in the water.
Make the most of your waterside views by using an archway with roses climbing up its sides to frame the scenery beyond. It’s a great way to focus attention on a particularly beautiful spot, especially when you are spoiled for choice and surrounded by stunning waterside scenery.
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