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DIY Water Feature Ideas & Projects

Have you ever watched one of the home remodeling shows on HGTV or DIY Network and thought ‘I can do that, sooo simple!’. Then you start the project and you’re thinking ‘nope…this isn’t going to happen…what the *&$# was I thinking!?!” This has happened to me more times than I would like to admit. We’ve had clients start DIY water feature projects with the same thoughts in mind only to come to us later looking for help. Lets take a look at a few pro’s and con’s of taking on a DIY water feature project.

DIY Water Feature Ideas


  • Cost – *Could* save you money. Yes, you may save some money up front, but if you get in too deep and are completely lost, it will end up actually costing you more.
  • Challenge – DIY-er’s love a challenge, and building a pond for the first time may end up really testing your skills…and maybe even your sanity.
  • Experience – Who doesn’t love a good experience that they get to talk about and relive time and time again. Building a pond is an experience, that’s for sure. And when you build it yourself, you get to experience it first hand, and maybe even include the family and close friends. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into.


  • Time – A DIY water feature may take more time than you could have anticipated, and for those weekend warriors out there, timing is vital.
  • Knowledge – There is A LOT to know when it comes to installing a water feature properly and efficiently. What size liner to use for the depth of the pond, how many fish will be able to live in your pond, what kind and how much pipe will be needed, what type of pump will be most effective…the list goes on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to water features.
  • Cost – Aside from the possibility of costing less up front, typically when we see a DIY water feature, they are built incorrectly and can be a nightmare when it comes to maintenance. Both can end up costing much more than it would have originally cost by having us build the water feature for you.

DIY Water Feature Idea

Now we aren’t saying a beautiful pond isn’t possible by building it yourself, we just don’t recommend learning how to swim by jumping in the deep end. If you’ve found yourself drowning in a DIY water feature project and need help, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, we are the Olympic swimmers of water features and know all the in’s and out’s.