Adding a Water Feature: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to take your yard to the next level? From a simple fountain to a fully custom waterfall, water features add dynamism and an artistic touch to any outside living space. They’re one of the most unique add-ons you can make to a home, and they likewise require a lot of consideration. Here’s a guide to get you started.


All water features are either in-ground or freestanding. Freestanding water features are self-contained structures, typically a fountain of some kind. Often works of art in their own right, they are a great centerpiece for a small garden, or a hidden reading area with shade and benches.

In-ground water features mimic rivers or cascading waterfalls and are by their very nature custom. When done right, their natural look makes them seem part of the terrain. They can line a long sidewalk, run between flowers, and give the yard a taste of the wilderness.


Done professionally, a good water feature is not cheap. Though freestanding water features require less custom work, their artistic value can quickly bring the price up. Most lawn and garden stores have generic models for as low as fifty bucks, but genuine art pieces can quickly climb into the thousands.

A basic custom water feature is not a quick job, but is relatively easy with the right preparation. Most buyers will opt for a professional, where you can expect to pay $3,500 on average. If you’re worried about power consumption – and you should be – solar power systems are readily available.


Though filters can clog and motors can wear out, your primary concern should be ponds and other potential areas for standing water. Landscaping maintenance, such as trimming flowers and removing debris, is critical. Depending on the size, you may need to drain the pool annually, check for liner leaks, and even play around with algae and ecosystem maintenance!

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