Peaceful Backyard: How to Solve Outdoor Noise Problems

Sometimes trying to solve a problem can spark something magical. This property, for example, is located next to a busy four-lane road and the homeowners longed for a peaceful backyard, with a pool and spa -- but without all the traffic noise.
In addition to a beautiful freeform vinyl pool and spa, we built for them a 19-foot sound barrier of natural moss rock boulders, and installed a 4-foot x 8-foot pondless waterfall between the wall and their new pool. This stone barrier with rushing waterfall not only blocks noise, but suggests they are vacationing on some south sea isle -- far and away from everyday problems.
Their finished multifaceted outdoor oasis includes a vinyl pool with raised spillover spa, elegant Cambridge Ledgestone patios, a natural rock barrier with high waterfall, and lush plantings.
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Vinyl Freeform Pool: New pool has a deep end swim-out, swim-out stairs at opposite end, diving rock, natural boulder accents, handsome coping and a raised spill-over spa
Pondless Waterfall: Pondless waterfall cascading over imported moss rock boulders beautifully eliminates noise
Raised Spill-Over Spa: Waterfall flows down into vinyl spill-over spa and, in turn, spills into the pool.
Natural Looking Waterfall: Waterfall’s pristine clear water is collected in pondless reservoir, acting as “green” maintenance-free source of fresh water for water feature.

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  • Dulce Dulce on Aug 20, 2015
    Very nice concept and way to disguise the noise. But the water running into the pool over a finished edge looks like a problem or flaw. It would be more aesthetically pleasing (to me at least) if that wet area was part of the rock edge we see just feet away.
    • @Dulce Thanks for your comment and, of course, personal taste is always a consideration. However, for the "pondless" waterfall you are referring to, we should add that this is a special design that captures water in an underground reservoir and recirculates the water, making it very eco-friendly. (There's a lot of falling water involved to help eliminate noise.) In addition, not having a pond capturing the water is a good choice when safety is a concern -- that is the possibility that young children or pets might be around when no one is out at the pool.
  • Elizabeth Sagarminaga Elizabeth Sagarminaga on Mar 21, 2016
    I agree, a water feature in the garden not only looks awesome it also enhances the curb appeal of your home. Moreover, the noise issue is also solved. You can get a grass bed around the water feature to make the place delightfully scenic. Get some more information here: